Archive | August, 2017

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The Problem of Android

I’m an Apple guy, and have a love-hate relationship with their recent product strategy, and the tight control they keep over the ecosystem. The downside is that we’re stuck with some bad decisions (like building apps that expect to be online all the time), but the upside is that everyone gets access to updates at […]

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Friday Photo – Prague from Prague Castle

I’m often asked about the heritage of my last name – I get guesses from Souix Indian (Lakota) to Hawaiian or Polynesian. In reality, my great-grandfather was born in Prague, Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. We had a chance to visit there last year, and it was one of my bucket list trips. […]

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Friday Photo – Remembering what’s important

This week's Friday Photo is from the island of Iona, off the coast of Scotland.  This Celtic cross is outside the Iona Abbey, founded in 563 and the traditional resting place of Macbeth.  Life is stressful, working in security is even more so, and it's important that we keep perspective.  Our visit there was one [...]
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Hacking Back is a Bad Idea

A bill was recently introduced in the US congress that would allow private organizations to ‘hack back’ when attacked. This is a Bad Idea™ that should be quickly put to rest – no good can come of it.

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Friday Photo – Maroon Bells, being loved to death

This week’s photo is from the Maroon Bells, near Aspen, Colorado.  Like many of our national parks and wilderness areas, this one’s being loved to death.  Crowds have increased to the point where shuttle busses are now required, and soon we may see a quota put on reservations.  I’m all for those restrictions to better […]

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Dealing with the next Petya, WannaCry, NotPetya attack

We are facing a continuous stream of ransomware, wipers, and related attacks. I had a client ask recently, somewhat in exasperation after being hit with one, about why all their investment in security wasn’t enough to keep them safe, and what they could do to deal with the next one more effectively. It’s a complex […]

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How do you justify your security budget?

As part of my day job, I get to talk with a wide range of organizations across many different industries, and annual budget time is just kicking off. This year I’ve seen two intersecting trends: a growing willingness (resignation?) from business owners that they have to pay much more attention to security and pay more […]

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Friday Photo – Lake Louise, Alaska

From the 50th state last week, to the 49th this week.   We drove from Anchorage to Valdez, and stopped for the night at the Lake Louise Lodge.  It was an overcast day, and it made the colors incredibly vibrant - perfect for photography.  A great day shooting was capped off by one of the best [...]
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