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  • Security Metrics: How Are You Measuring Security?

    by Joshua Marpet on August 12, 2014

    Do you have an information security practice? How do you measure its effectiveness? By the number of tickets generated? The number of viruses found and stamped out? Or by how quiet it is?—"If they don't bother me, they must be doing their job!" Have the security metrics guidelines changed in the last few years as infosec moved away from a helpdesk mentality, towards a penetration tester's…

  • Government Security and InfoSec: Perfect Together?

    by Joshua Marpet on July 11, 2014

    Besides the white hat/black hat divide implicit within the world of InfoSec, there is another divide of mindsets—that of the corporate InfoSec individual and the government security individual. Their career paths are similar: They go to school, learn on the job, and hang out at conferences and user-group meetings. They decry the problems that software developers put in their paths and…

  • Keeping Private Data Private: Tips and Tricks

    by Joshua Marpet on July 4, 2014

    Companies produce data. Some of it is public data, some private data. The classification of data into public and private is important, but right now, the means to keep data private is incredibly important as well. Keeping data private is a process. It starts with examining the use cases for the data. Is this piece of information going to be used every day? Or does it just need to be stored in…

  • Data Classification: The Elephant in the File Server

    by Joshua Marpet on May 7, 2014

    You know the common thought process: "Data classification is a planning thing. It's an operations thing. It's a disaster-recovery thing. But it can't be this department's thing. Nope. Not doing it. It's too hard. Takes too long. Wastes manpower. Why is it done, anyway? Nobody cares about it." The amount of data created and collected every year is huge. Enough of it is generated every day to fill…

  • Privacy Policy Developments and International Terror

    by Joshua Marpet on April 29, 2014

    Terrorism: The very word strikes fear into people. Even after over a decade of the "War on Terror," it's still frightening. What concrete outcomes have resulted from the war on terror today? It's been shown, studied, and proven that people are willing to give up privacy in order to get more security. Has this resulted in any day-to-day changes to the way the Internet works? Absolutely. Example? So…

  • Windows XP: The COBOL of the 21st Century

    by Joshua Marpet on April 21, 2014

    What happened when Windows XP went into end of life (EOL)? That fateful day happened on April 8, 2014. It doesn't mean that WinXP computers will suddenly stop working. It doesn't mean that the world of WinXP computing will end. To be honest, it probably doesn't even mean that WinXP-based programming will end. So what does it actually mean? New drivers won't be developed. It will get increasingly…

  • Privacy in the Age of Ubiquitous Computer Vision

    by Joshua Marpet on April 17, 2014

    With Google Glass, cell phone cameras, hidden cameras, and ever cheaper surveillance cameras, can there truly be user privacy? With Google Glass and facial recognition apps, tagging people can happen at full walking speed, without a pause or possibility of the action being recognized. Is there any parallel in other realms? At one point, a car with an expired registration would only get exposed…

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