In Star Wars, the Empire is presented as a monolith. Storm Troopers, TIE Fighters and even Star Destroyers are supposedly just indistinguishable cogs in a massive military machine, single-mindedly pursuing a common goal. This is, of course, a façade – like all humans, the soldiers and Officers of the Imperial Military will each have their…Read More Systems Not Sith: Organizational Lessons From Star Wars
At SOURCE Seattle, I had the pleasure of seeing Jeff Lowder and Patrick Florer present on “The Base Rate Fallacy.” The talk was excellent, lining up the idea of the base rate fallacy, how and why it matters to infosec. What really struck me about this talk was that about a week before, I had…Read More Base Rate & Infosec
So as Facebook continues to trade at a little over half of their market capitalization of 3 months ago, I think we can learn a few very interesting things. My goal here is not to pick on Facebook, but rather to see what we can take away and perhaps apply elsewhere. I think there are…Read More Lessons from Facebook's Stock Slide
I was struck by the lead of Kelly Jackson Higgins’ article on the Defcon Social Engineering Contest: Walmart was the toughest nut to crack in last year’s social engineering competition at the DefCon hacker conference in Las Vegas, but what a difference a year makes: this year, the mega retailer scored the worst among the…Read More What can we learn from the social engineering contest?
Recently, Lance Armstrong decided to forgo arbitration in his fight against the USADA over allegations of his use of certain performance enhancing drugs. His statement is “Full text of Armstrong statement regarding USADA arbitration.” What I found interesting about the story is the contrast between what might be termed a “compliance” mindset and a “you’re…Read More Compliance Lessons from Lance
I’ll be at SOURCE Seattle this week. I’m really excited to be speaking on “Security Lessons from Star Wars” at 10AM today.Read More SOURCE Seattle
I’d meant to post this at BlackHat. I think it’s worth sharing, even a bit later on: I’m excited to have be a part of a discussion with others who spoke at the first Blackhat: Bruce Schneier, Marcus Ranum, Jeff Moss, and Jennifer Granick. We’ve been asked to think about what the future holds, and…Read More Smashing the Future for Fun and Profit
I am the very model of an amateur grammarian I have a little knowledge and I am authoritarian But I make no apology for being doctrinarian We must not plummet to the verbal depths of the barbarian I’d sooner break my heart in two than sunder an infinitive And I’d disown my closest family within…Read More The Very Model of An Amateur Grammarian
If someone could suggest a specific way to make the blog title image work to bring you to the home page, that’d be most appreciated. Update, I think I fixed most of it. Thanks in particular to commenter “M”, who got me on the path to the fix, removing the inline CSS that the theme…Read More One more request for help
The blog header image is repeating because of something in the stylesheets. I can’t see where the bug is. If someone can help out, I’d be much obliged. Expanded to add: It appears that there’s a computed “repeat” on the bg img which is the header, but why that repeat is being computed is unclear…Read More Theme breakage, help?