Introduction to Gantt Charts: A Tool For Everyone Part One

In my first semester in engineering school in the mid-1970s I, along with a cadre of incoming prospective engineering students, took a course that covered a plethora of engineering topics. One portion of that class actually dealt with project management and Gantt and PERT charts. At the time they seemed like topics one had to […]
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Your Wi-Fi Can Be Heard a Long Way Away

Many people are frustrated by their Wi-Fi networks. Among other things, there is interference, reflections, attenuation (signal loss) because of walls, long distances or whatever, and the hassle of managing all that. We have to remember one critical thing about Wi-Fi: it’s radio so it is heavily regulated. The power the devices and access points […]
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Eavesdropping On Computers From Afar

When I teach Learning Tree’s Cyber Security introduction, participants are often amazed at the ways bad actors can eavesdrop on computers. Most of them are aware of software that can be planted by bad actors that can capture keystrokes, for instance, but few are aware that noises from keystrokes, the vibration of a notebook, and […]
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Social Spies: How Governments and Companies Use Social Media for Intel

I wrote a year ago about Social Media and identity theft. In that post, I discussed  information leakage and how bad actors could use that for stealing someone’s identity. There are other off-label uses for social media platforms including business competitive analysis, actual spying, and a place for covert operatives to help secure their assumed […]
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NIST Wants Comments on Secure Software Development

The US National Institutes of Standards and Technology recently asked for comments on a new framework for secure software development. Called Mitigating the Risk of Software Vulnerabilities by Adopting a Secure Software Development Framework (SSDF) this framework seeks to aid developers by providing a somewhat universal framework for secure software development. What this framework doesn’t […]
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