My hometown news website recently published an article with the above title authored by University of North Carolina Professor Nir Kshetri. I've never met Professor Kshetri but after reading his essay I posted the following comment. Professor Kshetri is all wrong in his analysis and conclusions regarding monitoring minor students use of district supplied computing … Continue reading School Surveillance of Students Through Laptops May Be Doing More Harm Than Good
I had the fantastic opportunity to have a recorded video chat (a vidcast) with Mike Morris the Global Director of Business Development at Endace recently. Endace is in my mind the market leader when it comes to network packet capture solutions. They have really evolved network packet technology from its roots in open source TCPdump … Continue reading Secure Networks Vidcast with Mike Morris from Endace
I'm studying for the CISSP exam. Inference and aggregation are means used to take low level or partial information and use that to derive higher level information. Inference requires deduction. The lower level information provides clues. Aggregation is a mathematical or mechanical process. Apply inference and aggregation to safe cracking (or lock picking). Using inference … Continue reading Inference, Aggregation, and Safe Cracking
Hired Cisco 1997. Fired Cisco 2014. Acquired by Cisco 2016. Retired from Cisco 2020. I've learned a lot in these past 23 years. I hope that I can share what I've learned with others and in some small part help to close the digital divide.
It wasn't just me. The folks at Wired have noticed that some web sites are not really very password manager friendly. I travel fairly often. Lots of that travel is for work but I do get around on personal business and to get away. One of my go to sites for travel is Hilton dot … Continue reading Websites Intentionally Disabling Password Managers
Perhaps my lowest moment as a user of the Internet came years ago. Until recently if you searched for me by name on Google and used the keyword 'Firewall' you'd see at the top of the search list a reference to an email exchange I had with some anonymous Internet user back in the early … Continue reading Respect and the Internet
In the past week I completed the work for the first MOOC (Massive Open online Course) that I've ever taken. The course was Surveillance Law which I completed via Coursera. Let me start by saying that this course was fantastic. The presenter, Jonathan Mayer from Stanford did a great job delivering a series of short … Continue reading Surveillance Law from Standford University via Coursera
After reading Thomas' article on re-evaluating the safety of Mac OS/X last week I finally managed to bring most of my Apple equipment up to current. I checked all the network devices and updated most of those. My Windows machines are all current. I do have that one Mac that won't run a current OS. … Continue reading Good References on Securing Mac OS/X
Five years ago I made a decision to move from PasswordSafe to AgileBits 1Password. As someone in the security field I've always tried to practice what I preach and using different passwords for different sites and cycling passwords (changing passwords every N months) is important. I looked at a number of different password management solutions. … Continue reading Password Managers & Escrow
So for the past five or more years I have suffered along with pain in my left foot. At times the outside of my my foot; near the small toe would go numb. At other times it would feel like someone was using pliers to pull the forth toe out of my fo...