April 2013

An amazing shot by Philipp Schmidli of a cyclist in front of the moon. PetaPixel explains the work involved in getting that shot in “Silhouettes in a Giant Moonrise, Captured Using a 1200mm Lens.” (Thanks to Bob Blakely). Also in the realm of impressive tool use is this: Orangutan from Borneo photographed using a spear…

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We’ve been hearing for several years that we should assume breach. Many people have taken this to heart (although today’s DBIR still says it’s still months to detect those breaches). I’d like to propose (predict?) that breach as a central concept will move through phases. Each of these phases will go through a hype cycle,…

Read More The Breach Trilogy: Assume, Confirm, Discuss

The folks at Hashcat have some interesting observations about 1Password. The folks at 1Password have a response, and I think there’s all sorts of fascinating lessons here. The crypto conversations are interesting, but at the end of the day, a lot of security is unavoidably contributed by the master password strength. I’d like to offer…

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As it happens, both the US Government and the UK government are leading “cyber security standards framework” initiatives right now. ┬áThe US is using a consensus process to “incorporate existing consensus-based standards to the fullest extent possible”, including “cybersecurity standards, guidelines, frameworks, and best practices” and “conformity assessment programs”. In contrast, the UK is asking…

Read More By looking for evidence first, the Brits do it right

Five years ago Friday was the official publication date of The New School of Information Security. I want to take this opportunity to look back a little and look forward to the next few years. Five years ago, fear of a breach and its consequences was nearly universal, and few people thought anything but pain…

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