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I’ve repeatedly spoken out against “think like an attacker.” Now I’m going to argue from authority. In this long article, “The Obama Doctrine,” the President of the United States says “The degree of tribal division in Libya was greater than our analysts had expected.” So let’s think about that statement and what it means. First,…

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This is a brief response to Steve Christey Coley, who wrote on Twitter, “but BH CFP reads mostly pure-tech, yet infosec’s more human-driven?” I can’t respond in 140, and so a few of my thoughts, badly organized: BlackHat started life as a technical conference, and there’s certain expectations about topics, content and quality, which have…

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Have a survival kit: ricola, Purell, gatorade, advil and antacids can be brought or bought on site. Favorite talk (not by me): I look forward to Sounil Yu’s talk on “Understanding the Security Vendor Landscape Using the Cyber Defense Matrix.” I’ve seen an earlier version of this, and like the model he’s building a great…

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According to the CBC: “McDonald’s kale salad has more calories than a Double Big Mac” In a quest to reinvent its image, McDonald’s is on a health kick. But some of its nutrient-enhanced meals are actually comparable to junk food, say some health experts. One of new kale salads has more calories, fat and sodium…

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This is a superb owl, but its feathers are ruffled. It is certainly not a metaphor. Speaking of ruffled feathers, apparently there’s a kerfuffle about Super Bowl 1, where the only extant tape is in private hands, and there’s conflict over what to do with it. One aspect I haven’t seen covered is that 50…

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