User Account Controls and False Security
May 16, 2012
It’s true that our friends at Microsoft have come a long way toward implementing good security. No, really. Adobe and Oracle/Java have become the big targets of cyberthieves. MS operating systems no longer regularly cause the Blue Screen of Death. And, ta-da, we have User Activation Controls to protect us. UAC, as it is called, […]
Update Before You Leave! And Other Advice for the Cyber Road Warrior
I recently traveled to Denver to attend the American Society for Training and Development’s (ASTD) International Conference and Exposition (ICE). I stayed at the Embassy Suites next to the conference venue, the Colorado Convention Center. (The conference was fantastic, by the way, but that’s not what this post is about…) While I was there the […]
This Java Threat Is Really Confusing
May 11, 2012
For several months, there were rumblings in the hacker underground about some serious threats to Java and Apple’s OS X. ComputerWorld reported in late February 2012 that a new variant of an exploit called Flashback was making its rounds of Macs by using the browser and Java to get in. CNN followed by reporting that […]
Migrating to the Cloud: Do You Need Assistance?
May 9, 2012
Cloud technology intimidates many organizations. The mechanics of setting it up are very different from the traditional model. Several companies offer services establishing and maintaining cloud architectures for their customers. Many people call these providers “cloud brokers.” To me, the term “cloud concierge” or “cloud butler” is far more descriptive. I guess I’m thinking of […]
What Is Computer Security?
May 8, 2012
What is “computer security”? When Adrian Bryan and I set out to write our Introduction to System and Network Security course for Learning Tree some years ago, we needed to start with a definition. It served as a sort of goal or guiding light in writing the course materials. The definition is from Simson Garfinkel […]