Would Encryption Alone Have Prevented the OPM Hack?

The recent breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has certainly been big news and the cause of lots of speculation. OPM says they provide over 90% of the Government’s background investigations, over two million each year. Twitter has been busy with comments about how useful the contents of background information would be for […]
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Why You Need to Pay Attention to Cloud Computing

The adoption of cloud computing is revolutionizing today’s business. This trend has also elevated the importance of IT and business alignment because cloud enables new business models that have until now were not economically viable. A recent study confirmed this trend by showing that the vast majority of organizations of all sizes use both Software-as-a-Service […]
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Some Day Soon We May Compute Covertly in the Cloud

Imagine that you are responsible for high-performance computing for an automobile manufacturer. Car designs need body panels limiting aerodynamic drag wrapped around engines burning fuel efficiently. But it takes big computers to model aerodynamic flow and flame front propagation. So let’s say that with a major investment in hardware and staffing your company has built […]
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Watch Out, Your Data Might Wander Down the Wrong Back Alley — Part 2

Last week I described how data moving between your two domestic sites might be routed through another country on the other side of the world. The IETF has a nice document, Generic Threats to Routing Protocols, describing the concepts of possible attacks and impacts. Interior routing protocols like OSPF are used within one organization and […]
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Watch Out, Your Data Might Wander Down the Wrong Back Alley — Part 1

On a recent visit to New York I saw Cortlandt Alley. It’s pretty much what you would expect of a New York alleyway — narrow, dark, lots of fire escapes, small loading docks and back entrances, some of them mysterious. What you wouldn’t expect is that it’s the only such alley in all of Manhattan. […]
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