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Risk assessments

Posted by Rob Slade on July 14, 2016

I’ve had a beard for over four decades.  Last time I shaved was 35 years ago.  Now I had to shave for a biopsy on my cheek.  I only had to shave the cheek, really, but Gloria never has seen me without a beard, so what the heck. In reality, I don’t like either the […]

Windows 10 profile problems

Posted by Rob Slade on January 16, 2017

I run Windows 10 Pro. I’m really getting to hate it. Latest issue: not being able to get the profile (that is, the local account or desktop) up and running. A couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t log on to my account. When I did, I’d either get a blank, black(ish) screen, or the little […]

Business Continuity Planning and quantum computing

Posted by Rob Slade on November 28, 2016

I must admit that this topic is one that really gets me excited. Yes, other aspects of security can benefit from quantum computing, and the job can be eased or made more cost-effective. But in emergency planning, you can actually save lives, and reduce suffering. As with risk analysis and management, so business impact analysis […]

What reporters should know about infosec – “hacker” reliability

Posted by Rob Slade on November 16, 2016

Came across another report today from a journalist who had “received” stolen information from a group of “hackers.” (I shall delay, for now, discussion of what the term “hacker” really means.) Yet another principle for you: Don’t blindly trust what the bad guys tell you. People who engage in the troublesome side of computing and […]

What reporters should know about infosec – press releases

Posted by Rob Slade on November 12, 2016

Thank you, Kevin. As well as addressing the issue of reporter versus commentator (which we should probably deal with at another time), your piece could be nicely condensed into another principle: Don’t believe everything you read in press releases. As noted in my starting article, it is true that reporters have all kinds of pressures […]

What reporters should know about infosec

Posted by Rob Slade on November 11, 2016

Recently I found that Autism Canada had created a guide for journalists covering stories about autism and those who have it. My immediate reaction was that this was a great idea for those of us in infosec to steal. Not only are most of us rather far out on the Aspberger’s scale, but we suffer […]

Physical security and quantum computing

Posted by Rob Slade on October 3, 2016

There is probably not a great deal that quantum computing can do to benefit physical security. As previously noted, biometrics may be improved, and these are being increasingly used for physical access control. Control of certain alarm systems might benefit from pattern recognition capabilities: for example, fire alarm systems with a complex set of different […]

Quantum computing and access control

Posted by Rob Slade on September 27, 2016

The posited pattern matching capabilities of quantum computing may have a couple of different applications in access control. Biometrics would likely benefit from improved abilities to match and compare. At the moment we don’t actually compare, for example, the fingerprint originally registered with the fingerprint presented. Biometric matching must be done on the basis of […]

New Microsoft Windows 10 update non-options

Posted by Rob Slade on September 22, 2016

We interrupt the security and quantum computing series to bring you news of Microsoft’s latest decision about how your computers will work. (Those wise or lucky enough to use Linux or Macs can sit in the corner and chortle quietly to yourselves.) Last week was patch Tuesday, and, as usual, the machine rebooted itself, and […]

Quantum computing and security management

Posted by Rob Slade on September 21, 2016

Having looked at the basics of quantum computing, and the fundamental problems they can address, let’s turn to applying some of that to security itself, starting with security management. In security, we are all well familiar with the importance of risk assessment, analysis, and management. Assessment and analysis are difficult and time consuming, but we […]

Security implications of quantum computing

Posted by Rob Slade on September 10, 2016

Recently there has been a spate of media articles on how quantum computing is going to destroy the security world as we know it. These articles are all based on one report that has estimated how long before quantum computers are effective at cracking RSA encryption. On the one hand, this isn’t news. We’ve known […]