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Posted by Rob Slade on March 23, 2017

Regardless of any personal political preference, I have found recent political discourse, particularly in the United States, profoundly disturbing on a professional level. I am currently a security professional. Absent discussion of the Parkerian Hexad, integrity of information is one of our three pillars. I have been a teacher, researcher, and reviewer of technical literature. […]

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 […]

Cryptography and quantum computing

Posted by Rob Slade on September 29, 2016

Yes, I know I complained about it at the beginning, and I’ve dealt with it elsewhere, but I suppose I really have to address it. (There actually are a number of issues about cryptography and quantum computing that the popular media never touches on.) A good deal of confusion exists about the possibility and capability […]

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 […]

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 […]