2015

In “The Galactic Empire Has Terrible Cybersecurity,” Alex Grigsby looks at a number of high-profile failures, covered in “A New Hope” and the rest of the Star Wars canon. Unfortunately, the approach he takes to the Galactic Empire obscures the larger, more dangerous issue is its cybersecurity culture. There are two errors in Grigsby’s analysis,…

Read More Cybersecurity Lessons from Star Wars: Blame Vader, Not the IT Department

I had not seen this excellent presentation by the engineer who built the Death Star’s exhaust system. In it, he discusses the need to disperse energy from a battle station with the power draw to destroy planets, and the engineering goals he had to balance. I’m reminded again of “The Evolution of Useful Things” and…

Read More Governance Lessons from the Death Star Architect

John Masserini has a set of “open letters to security vendors” on Security Current. Everyone involved in product or sales at a security startup should read them. John provides insight into what it’s like to be pitched by too many startups, and provides a level of transparency that’s sadly hard to find. Personally, I learned…

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One of the most interesting security books I’ve read in a while barely mentions computers or security. The book is Petroski’s The Evolution of Useful Things. As the subtitle explains, the book discusses “How Everyday Artifacts – From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers – Came to be as They are.” The chapter…

Read More The Evolution of Secure Things

A conversation with an old friend reminded me that there may be folks who follow this blog, but not the New School blog. Over there, I’ve posted “Improving Security Effectiveness” about leaving Microsoft to work on my new company: For the last few months, I’ve been working full time and talking with colleagues about a…

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