Tags: Law

UPDATED: A Quick Rant on the Wassenaar Arrangement

UPDATE: The U.S. government has decided to scrap the initial version of the Wassenaar Arrangement.  The decision to do so was driven by the negative feedback from many of its stakeholders.  This is a great example of the system working and common sense prevailing.  I’d like to see this happen more often. I’m going to […]

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The Week that Was – 10/28/2013

Last week had a number of interesting developments.  Two of them involved the law, privacy, and security implications. First, the Third Circuit Court ruled that GPS tracking devices attached to vehicles require a probable cause warrant. [9]   I think this is an important ruling for privacy and the 4th Amendment.  I’m a proponent for […]

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The Week That Was – 4/15/2013

I’ve got one metric butt load of links for you this week.  There is a lot of good stuff but here are some of the highlights: Doctor Dan Colman, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University, has shared a really interesting video on risk.  [1],[9]  His point is that sometimes it’s […]

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The Week That Was – 2013-03-19

We have some good ones this week. Andrew Hay and Ray Umerley have some interesting points about brining up the next generation of information security professionals.  [2], [9]  As a profession we tend to focus on the technical aspect of the problem and encourage folks to specialize in one particular area of the profession.  We […]

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The Risk of Mass Shootings

The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary last week were horrific.  There is no denying that fact.  Twenty-eight innocent people were murdered.  If that weren’t shocking enough, most of them were children.  This event and its aftermath are emotionally charged.  While we need to honor and respect that emotion, we also need to understand that it […]

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The Week That Was – 11/26/2012

Here’s the week that was.  As always, we have a little bit of everything from encrypted messages from secret societies [18] to Chinese aircraft carriers [9]. The story about the encrypted messages from the Great Enlightened Society of Oculists was my favorite.  [18]  It’s a great overlap of history and technology.  And the technology used […]

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The Week That Was – 10/15/2012

The big news last week was the U.S. officially calling out the PRC for putting backdoors in telecom equipment.  So how many of you are shocked?  I’m just shocked it took this long to come out officially. [2-3],[6] If anyone is looking for good Loss Event Frequency (LEF) data surrounding data breaches, check out the […]

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The Week That Was – 10/1/2012

This is actually a link dump for the past two weeks. Last week completely got away from me. All the cool kids were bashing passwords the past two weeks. [2], [22-23], [28], [40]  I agree that passwords are not the ideal authentication tool. However, it seems that history has shown that passwords strike the right […]

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The Week That Was – 9/10/2012

The news reporting is a little light this week, folks.  Yet again, responsible adulthood gets in the way of fun and frivolity.  I still have a few gems for you though. First, let’s talk about the new attack on SSL/TLS. [9]  It relies on a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack and works a lot like the Beast […]

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