“Security is not a magic cream…”

So begins a quote we use in our Introduction to System and Network Security course.  Too often we view security as an afterthought – something to add to our network or organization. We talk about hardening systems to mean making them more secure. This is totally a backwards approach. We need to consider security and […]
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New Course: Mobile Application and Device Security: Hands-On

Learning Tree is introducing a new course in October entitled “Mobile Application And Device Security” (Course 2781). You can find the details at the course page. Just about every technical publication seems to have articles about BYOD or mobile device security. This is a big issue for most enterprises. Everyone seems to have a table […]
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My Dog’s Name is “Chocolate Cookies”

When my father passed away my mother was in the hospital. I needed to access her bank account to pay some bills. They asked me for the account “password”. I told them I did not know, that my mother was unconscious and in the hospital. Then they asked the account security question: what was her […]
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Multi-factor Authentication on the Web

Authentication is a central part of an authorization scheme – it is important to know who someone (or some thing) is to know what he/she/it is allowed to do. Recently there has been a lot of discussion of multi-factor authentication on the web. First, what is multi-factor authentication?  There are three general ways to authenticate […]
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Gumbo and Security

I love gumbo and my wife and friends love the gumbo I make. I have computers in my home office. I am an Eagle Scout. These three things, combined with an experience from college, make me have and test backups of my data and of my power. First, the power. My office is at home. […]
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