Social savvy, yes – tech savvy, not so much

It is easy to look at ‘the younger generation’ and think, “Wow, these kids really know computers and networking.” I used to think along the same lines. I mean, how could they use such cool tools and not want to know how they work, not take the time to figure out what makes them tick. […]

The biggest security threat in the digital age is…

… not Microsoft, not social media tools, but: PEOPLE. A recent blog post by Dave Snowden and some commentary by Luis Suarez have reminded me of something Bruce Schneier said a while back (in 2004, actually): Since the beginning of time, people have always been the biggest security threat. That hasn’t changed because of computers. […]

A War on the Unexpected

In November 2007, security consultant Bruce Schneier wrote an article for Wired.com entitled The War on the Unexpected, which he opened with the following paragraph: We’ve opened up a new front on the war on terror. It’s an attack on the unique, the unorthodox, the unexpected; it’s a war on different. If you act different, […]

Schneier on Security: Communications During Terrorist Attacks are Not Bad

In Communications During Terrorist Attacks are Not Bad, Bruce Schneier calls Twitter a “vital source of information” during the recent attacks in Mumbai.  But not everyone agrees, as there were reports that Indian authorities were trying to get people to stop posting information, apparently fearing that the terrorists would be able to use this information.  To that, Bruce […]

A cow’s eye view of airport security

If you travel frequently by air, I think you’ll understand where I’m coming from. Originally posted 15 May 2003. = = == === ===== Moo, moo….. That’s how I felt earlier this week going through security at Newark airport. I was recently re-reading parts of Thinking In Pictures : and Other Reports from My Life […]

How paranoid, er, security conscious, are you?

I originally posted the following in October 2005 and thought it would be a nice follow-up to my recent post Information wants to be free, but you still need to protect it. = = == === ===== Just as there is a fine line between genius and madness, there is a fine line between appropriate […]

Information wants to be free, but you still need to protect it

But the loss of the information not only hinders your ability to do your work, it potentially puts your information, your competitive advantage, in the hands of the “wrong” people. In How to Secure your Computer, Disk, and Portable Drives, security expert Bruce Schneier gives some advice on how to prevent this from happening: