I posted this image in 2004. . Even more relevant now. While we have a country that is clearly divided, the dividing lines are not so neat as the maps showing states going one way or the other. Updated Nov 7, see also purplestatesofamerica.org/.

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The first function of democracy is to enable the peaceful handover of power from one group to another. For this, all its myriad sins are forgiven. The peaceful handover of power from one group to another is not a sure thing. Historically, it’s something of an aberration. There are all sorts of reasons, when you…

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In a simpler age, Matt Stoller famously lost his job for critiquing Google. He has a really interesting article summarizing and analyzing the massive anti-trust report at Congress Gets Ready to Smash Big Tech Monopolies. If you’re like me, unsure if or how this might matter, take the time to read what he said. (Via…

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The reason I hate compliance programs is because they’re lists of things we need to do, and many times, those things don’t seem to make a great deal of sense. In threat modeling, I talk about the interplay between threats, controls, and requirements, and I joke that “a requirement to have a control absent any…

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I joined Vin Nelsen for the Multi-Hazards podcast. If you’re looking for me to go beyond the bounds of technology threat modeling, this was, an interesting, far-ranging conversation about the state of the world. He also creates a study guide per episode — don’t miss the subtly labeled pdf there. I didn’t join in Security…

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Phil Venables is one of the more reflective and thoughtful CSOs out there, and in this era where everything is a tweet or a linkedin post (sigh) you may have missed that Phil has a blog. This Labor day, why not take the time to catch up on his writing?

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