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Security architecture and quantum computing

Posted by Rob Slade on September 23, 2016

Computer and system architectures have security implications. Any new technology needs to be assessed in terms of the risk it may present. A completely new architecture means that there will be new vulnerabilities. And quantum computer architectures will be novel indeed. Many fundamental concepts of computing will have to be rethought in regard to quantum […]

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 […]

Problems addressable by quantum computing

Posted by Rob Slade on September 21, 2016

Quantum computing will probably make possible certain types of calculation and analysis that have been difficult or impossible with traditional digital computers. These new operations will, as every new development in information technology, have implications for security. New means of analysis and detection will be possible. At the same time, new vulnerabilities and methods of […]

A (very small) introduction to quantum computing

Posted by Rob Slade on September 19, 2016

Right. I promised to expand on the security implications of quantum computing. First off, I probably need to discuss what quantum computing is. Not in a huge amount of technical detail. If you want to get into that, there are lots of papers out on the net for you to read. Let’s start with bits. […]

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 […]

BCP or emergency preparedness for small business

Posted by Rob Slade on September 1, 2016

I have mentioned that I recommend people get emergency management training. I have mentioned that there are all kinds of benefits to taking emergency management training. Maybe I’m a bit of a bore, but I take every opportunity to mention that people should get emergency management training. Since I also teach and present about business […]

China launches first quantum-enabled satellite

Posted by Rob Slade on August 17, 2016

(… or, maybe not) Aside from the fact that it allows me to make a quantum joke, this article allows me to rant about quantum cryptography. Ever since I have started to research the security implications of quantum computing, quantum crypto has bugged me. Yes, the theory is beautifully elegant, and (theoretically) allows us to […]

The IOC effect?

Posted by Rob Slade on August 13, 2016

The Streisand effect is well known in online circles. If you attempt to hide or censor something, you inevitably draw attention to it. The International Olympic Committee seems to have discovered, or created, a new law. The IOC has, in an attempt to control publicity and boost attention for it’s media “partners”/sponsors, banned all video […]

Windows 10 re-problems Internet connection

Posted by Rob Slade on August 12, 2016

I’ve mentioned my saga with Windows 10 and an intermittent Internet connection problem. After about a week of work I found a workaround that seemed to be fairly stable. This week was, of course, patch Tuesday. Wednesday night the machine rebooted itself. The workaround that I had implemented (of pointing to OpenDNS or Google’s DNS) […]