• 11 Oct 2007

    The industry’s first patch management program?

    Apparently I was ahead of my time. Way back in 1996 I wrote and sold a program called LANUP through a consulting company a buddy of mine and I ran on the side. LANUP - short for local area network update - was designed for NetWare operating systems. I wrote it out of desperation because I was administering so many NetWare servers at the time - I needed some automation. ...

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  • 08 Oct 2007

    Are you open minded?

    One thing I talk about when speaking on information security careers is something that many overlook yet it can make or break our success in this field. It's learning from others and continually educating yourself throughout your career. A lot of us in IT are pretty closed-minded. It's not just toddlers and teenagers that think they know it all - it's often ourselves and our peers. A typical mindset is ...

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  • 02 Oct 2007

    What’s it going to take to encrypt laptop drives?!

    So, the latest in the lost laptop world is that 800,000 job applicants of Gap, Inc. now have their personal information exposed. Apparently the laptop was stolen from the office of an "experience third-party vendor". Experienced in what? Not taking security seriously? Apparently the contractor wasn't using encryption which was in violation of an agreement it had with Gap, Inc. You mean contracts aren't enough to protect information? Go figure.Gee ...

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  • 28 Sep 2007

    Is Your Wireless Encryption Enough?

    After reading this piece about the recently released report on the TJX breach from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, I had a thought about the false sense of security that wireless encryption gives us. TJX was apparently using both WPA and WEP for wireless encyrption but it was the WEP that got them into trouble. The ...

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  • 27 Sep 2007

    Security is a Choice

    As the saying goes, the more things change they more they stay the same. It suits what's happening with security just perfectly. It's common knowledge that computer security is a problem that affects every business and every individual in some way. Security best practices are available. The rules have been laid down. Why are breaches still occurring?I think to myself, on the surface there's:information systems complexityuntrained IT staffpeople not using ...

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  • 07 Sep 2007

    How secure is your law firm’s extranet?

    Do you work for a law firm that provides a client Web portal that houses extremely sensitive case information (or other similar system that allows a client to manage their own data)? If so, chances are there are weaknesses in the system waiting to be exploited. Be it the commonly-used SharePoint or any other commercial or home-grown system, all it takes for someone with ill intentions to create a problem ...

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  • 06 Sep 2007

    Is it too much to expect the best?

    There's something that's coming up more and more that I'm building a stronger opinion about each year. It's expecting the best of ourselves and others. We're coming to a point in our society where it's inappropriate, offensive, and politically incorrect to demand the best from our ourselves and others in literally every aspect of our personal lives and our careers. This is especially true in our society where those who ...

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  • 05 Sep 2007

    Why I love testing Web applications

    I get the question "What part of security do you like the best?" quite often. The first part of my response is always "security testing". Any given network has lots of weaknesses - regardless of how much it's locked down and I love trying to find and point out all the flaws. [My wife used to say I was really good at pointing out other flaws, but I've since worked ...

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  • 05 Sep 2007

    Welcome to my new blog!

    It's taken some time to put the technology together, but I've finally done it! I'm officially on the blog bandwagon. Still building out some functionality - but the basics are up and running.What I talk about here ties in with my Security On Wheels audio programs. Thanks for checking in and joining me in this adventure. Many security opinions, commentaries, and insights to come!...

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