I am asked probably twice a week to help somebody get a job in the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/category/security0">security</a> profession. Unfortunately, I can't help that many people individually, but perhaps this article will allow me to help many people all at once.
Stories by Ira Winkler
An approach that has worked for centuries in all sorts of industries is just as applicable to the security field.
The storyline that a single point of failure allowed a sophisticated attacker to steal millions of card numbers from Target just doesn't hold up.
The outrage is more about media hype, hypocrisy and grandstanding than firm principles.
You will never be secure if you labor under the delusion of privacy.
Not realizing that your behaviors constitute harassment is no excuse.
When security professionals see stupidity all around them, shouldn't they ask themselves whether it's their own precautions that are lacking?
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When researchers uncovered a back door in a MILSPEC chip, the reports all seemed to imply that it was no big deal.
The desire to be cool and embrace new technologies definitely overtook the desire to be safe with the very buzzy mobile, location-based apps on view at South by Southwest this year . You've got to love a smartphone app that broadcasts all sorts of information about you -- your likes, your age, your job -- to everyone within sight who has the same app. Because it reduces friction, right? It makes it easier to meet that good-looking guy or girl right over there who shares your love of kiteboarding and Gorillaz. You can cut down lame conversations about things you have no interest in at all.
Whenever I see another "cyberchallenge" getting play in the press, I think our priorities are screwed up.
I suppose it sounds logical.
When Facebook changed its interface earlier this fall, the social networks lit up with comments from users saying how much they hated the new way information was being presented to them on the site. People were upset that Facebook was doing things without considering its hundreds of millions of users. That outrage made sense to me. What didn't make sense was the large number of people who responded with variations of, "Shut up! It's free." That is fundamentally wrong.
I had to laugh when I read about Facebook's latest effort to woo businesses. While Facebook wants to look like its well ahead of Google + in the commercial uses of social networking, its track record of dealing with users suggests that businesses should not rely on it.