I’d like to nominate Xfinity’s “walled garden” for the worst user experience in computer security. For those not familiar, Xfinity has a “feature” called “Constant Guard” in which they monitor your internet for (I believe) DNS and IP connections for known botnet command and control services. When they think you have a bot, you see…Read More The Worst User Experience In Computer Security?
Cem Paya has a really thought-provoking set of blog posts on “TrustZone, TEE and the delusion of security indicators” (part 1, part 2“.) Cem makes the point that all the crypto and execution protection magic that ARM is building is limited by the question of what the human holding the phone thinks is going on.…Read More TrustZone and Security Usability
The Phoenix Project as an important new novel, and it’s worth reading if you work in technology. As I read it, I was awfully uncomfortable with one of the characters, John. John is the information security officer in the company, and, to be frank, John does not come off well at the start of the…Read More “The Phoenix Project” may be uncomfortable
There was a story recently on NPR about kitchen waste, “No Simple Recipe For Weighing Food Waste At Mario Batali’s Lupa.” Now, normally, you’d think that a story on kitchen waste has nothing to do with information security, and you’d be right. But as I half listened to the story, I realized that it in…Read More Infosec Lessons from Mario Batali's Kitchen
So there’s a pair of stories on choosing good passwords on the New York Times. The first is (as I write this) the most emailed story on the site, “How to Devise Passwords That Drive Hackers Away.” It quotes both Paul Kocher and Jeremiah Grossman, both of whom I respect. There’s also a follow-on story,…Read More The Questions Not Asked on Passwords
Friday, I had the pleasure of seeing Sebastian Deterding speak on ‘9.5 Theses About Gamification.’ I don’t want to blog his entire talk, but one of his theses relates to “playful reframing”, and I think it says a lot to how to run a game at work, or a game tournament at a conference. In…Read More Running a Game at Work