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  • RSA Crypto FAQ

    by Ben Rothke on January 18, 2010

    The RSA Laboratories' Frequently Asked Questions About Today's Cryptography was first published in 1992 and has been one of the most popular sections of RSA’s Web site. The latest revision, version 4.1 is from 2000. While quite outdated, still remains a valuable introduction to the field. It is available free at http://www.rsa.com/rsalabs/faq/files/rsalabs_faq41.pdf No idea why RSA stopped updating…

  • PGP & GPG: Email for the Practical Paranoid

    by Ben Rothke on January 14, 2010

    PGP & GPG: Email for the Practical Paranoid is a pretty good overview of how to use PGP. PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is one of the most popular software encryption programs ever. It is so good and so effective that in the early 1990s the FBI launched a multi-year investigation against Phil Zimmerman, the creator of PGP, for possible violation of federal export laws, especially ITAR On page 167 in…

  • Software Security: Building Security In

    by Ben Rothke on January 4, 2010

    Software Security: Building Security In should be required reading for all software developer. The root cause of many security vulnerabilities is poorly written software. Often, software applications are written without security in mind. The logical, yet elusive, solution is to ensure that software developers are trained in writing secure code. Software Security: Building Security In is a valiant…

  • The New School of Information Security

    by Ben Rothke on December 28, 2009

    My full review of The New School of Information Security is on Slashdot. Never has so much been spent in information security. Year after year, more and more security hardware and software is purchased, more and more security professionals are hired, and more security is done; yet things are not getting better. Every indicator, every pundit, everything points to more security breaches, …

  • Biometrics For Dummies

    by Ben Rothke on December 23, 2009

    Don't judge a book by its cover. Contrary to its self-effacing title, Biometrics for Dummies provides a thorough and comprehensive overview of the state of biometrics. Like all books in the For Dummies series, this one is reader-friendly and avoids jargon. It details the state of the art in biometric technology, covers various policy and privacy issues, and shows where the technology is headed. …

  • CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success

    by Ben Rothke on December 22, 2009

    CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success is a valuable guidebook for the serious information security professional. Contemporary information security is a relatively new specialty that continues to evolve. Even newer is the job title "chief information security officer." As a result, those who don the CISO mantle do so without an established playbook. In CISO Leadership: Essential…

  • Schneier on Security - the best of rock star of information security

    by Ben Rothke on December 21, 2009

    My full review of Schneier on Security is on Slashdot. There is a perception in both the private and government sector, that security, both physical and digital, is something you can buy. Witness the mammoth growth of airport security products following 9/11, and the sheer number of vendors at security conferences. With that, government officials and corporate executives often think you can simply…

  • Tetraktys is not the world's first cryptographic thriller

    by Ben Rothke on December 14, 2009

    In my review of Ari Juels excellent novel Tetraktys on Slashdot, I made the mistake of saying it might be the world's first cryptographic thriller. I got plenty of heat for ignoring Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson which in truth is the world's first cryptographic thriller. This book, tells the story of Ambrose Jerusalem, a gifted computer security expert, still haunted by his father's death, a few…

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