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Fast Incident Response Expected

Posted by Martin Zinaich on October 8, 2016

From time to time, I like to compare and contrast the nascent Information Security profession with more traditional and established occupations. For example when I had lunch with a police officer friend and gave it some food for thought. I had such occasion the other day in a breakout session on the topic of Incident […]

Trumpton Tower: a modern slapstick

Posted by Kevin on March 18, 2017

In true slapstick style, Trump sticks it to GCHQ, and GCHQ slaps down Trump. All over what did or did not happen in Trumpton Tower. Background On 4 March, the realDonaldTrump tweeted an accusation that former President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the run up to the election. Is it legal for a sitting […]

Review: “Zero Days”

Posted by Rob Slade on March 15, 2017

Zero Days (2016) Director: Alex Gibney Participant Media, Showtime Documentary Films, Magnolia Home Entertainment Overall, this can be seen as a reasonable assessment of the events, and agencies, that led to the creation of the Stuxnet computer virus. If you don’t know background details yourself. If you do, it’s a bit annoying. On the technical […]

Gaming and the Future of Entertainment Media

Posted by Josh Townsend on March 6, 2017

The Identity of Gaming In January of this year, one of the leading figures of the gaming industry, Hideo Kojima, predicted that video gaming would merge with other forms of entertainment – novels, cinema and music. While he did not elaborate on by what means or to what degree these media would integrate, the prediction […]

Get my goat

Posted by Kevin on February 24, 2017

If there’s one thing guaranteed to get my goat, it is this kind of claptrap you find all over LinkedIn. Seriously? Has Dr. Ken Jennings really discovered the difference between success and failure? What is success? What is failure? Is a CEO successful and a postman a failure? Go Green and you will be a […]

Spectacular Fear

Posted by Kevin on February 23, 2017

Now I really am worried. Deep in the new Black Report from Nuix (I wrote about it here) is this statement from Terry L. Sult; Chief of Police, Hampton, Virginia. He is lamenting the process of criminals ‘going dark’, hiding from law enforcement behind unbreakable encryption. “This should seriously concern every law-abiding citizen,” he said. […]

The Watson problem

Posted by Kevin on February 16, 2017

There is a problem with Watson. Don’t get me wrong; I love Watson, or at least the idea of Watson. For such an incredibly complex operation the concept is clean and simple. You take a great big computer. You teach it to understand free text; and then you feed it millions and millions of research […]

How vendors empower weak security

Posted by Martin Zinaich on February 6, 2017

I wrote about this before in a post called โ€œBig Things and Small Thingsโ€. I documented how two very large companies failed to support Information Security in a corporate environment with even a basic level of accommodation. More came to light this week when reviewing Microsoft Exchange 2016. The issue has been around since 2013, […]

The Nintendo Switch and the Future of Console Gaming

Posted by Josh Townsend on February 2, 2017

Gamingโ€™s first big event of 2017 will be the launch of the Nintendo Switch at the beginning of March. The first major home console release since the Xbox One in 2013, the market performance of the Switch will be important to follow for gauging the future of the gaming industry. Nintendo is taking several risks […]

The Past and Future of Gamification

Posted by Josh Townsend on January 16, 2017

For many decades, a running theme in sci-fi and speculative fiction has been the idea of complete, global automation of all production. Explored over and over again in both positive and negative contexts, it seems to have taken root as a collective idea that mankind will someday become dependent on robots to perform all necessary […]

Smoking guns and glass houses in Russia Vs Clinton

Posted by Kevin on January 7, 2017

In the ongoing saga of Russia Vs Clinton, a declassified version of the US Intelligence Community assessment of Russian involvement in the 2016 US election has now been published. But if you hoped for a smoking gun, dream on. The document states very clearly that it is primarily the agencies’ conclusions; any actual proof has […]