Cyber Security and Masquerade — Not Just For Halloween

It’s nearly Halloween here in the US and that means costumes and masquerade. Google tells us that “masquerade” is a noun meaning “a false show or pretense” or a verb meaning “pretend to be someone one is not”. These have the same sense as the cyber security definition from RFC 4949, “A type of threat […]
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Let’s Encrypt- What you Need to Know About the EFF’s Initiative

If you’ve been reading this blog for even a little while you might think I am obsessed with encryption and authentication (especially passwords). You’d probably be right, even though I am not under the illusion that either is any type of panacea. You’d probably guess that I’d be excited that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) […]
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Three New Trends in Authentication

Frequent readers of this blog will know that I tend to follow trends in authentication and that I am interested in making good-quality authentication commonplace. Recently three topics in authentication caught my attention, and I’d like to share them with you. Fujitsu’s PalmEntryXS First, Fujitsu announced PalmEntryXS a new addition to its PalmSecure line. The […]
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Whose (De)fault Is It?

Just a few days ago as I write this, February 4th to be specific, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Minority Committee of the US Senate released a report about the security of government agencies. You can get a PDF copy here. The report, called The Federal Government’s Track Record on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure […]
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A Personal Credit Card Story

I am planning a trip to Canada soon. It’s a trip for work so there are multiple things to do. (I’ll be teaching Learning Tree Course 468, System and Network Security Introduction.) As part of the preparation for the trip, I notified the companies whose credit cards I’d be using so they’d know it was […]
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