Tools for Reducing Software Vulnerabilities

NIST, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, released a report last December, “Dramatically Reducing Software Vulnerabilities.” It has multiple useful and interesting ideas for improving vulnerabilities in software. I want to highlight two that I felt were most important. 1. Education There is no technological substitute for developer discipline. Education is not just […]
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The 4 Reasons People Resist Change

If you want to have your good idea implemented then you have to make changes. Unfortunately, as people, we don’t like change and will actively resist it. Here are the four reasons people resist change and what you can do about each of them. Implementing a new idea means change and, as we all know, change is […]
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Optimize SQL Server Queries with Index Statistics

Television’s Mythbusters seem to have a lot of fun; it’s interesting that so many myths seem to involve blowing stuff up on camera. SQL myth-busting may not be as visually dramatic, but for people who are interested in query performance, it is much more important. There are a lot of people who think that it […]
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The Two Fundamental Mistakes in Usability Testing

There are two mistakes that organizations make when doing usability testing. And once those mistakes are made, two things are certain: either end users won’t get an application they can actually use or, if they do, it will cost more and take longer. Organizations often make a fundamental mistake by thinking of usability testing as […]
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Could a Hand-held EMP Device Threaten Cyber Security?

The ability to disable computers, cars, or other machinery from a distance without being easily detected has fascinated me for a long time. Years ago I worked for defense cub-contractor founded by engineers who had worked on the Airborne LASER Laboratory (ALL). They successfully used a LASER on board an airplane to shoot down drones. […]
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