Security Blog

The company that I founded many years ago in California became famous for creating data security tools. Later on, I helped to create one of the most widely distributed biometric security standards in the world, and since then I have continued to work in the field of information security. In these posts I will focus on the theme of “security,” not only in the limited sense of contemporary IT security, but as part of a broader concept of risk management that is visible throughout history and across the natural world.

Weak signals or willful failure to perceive them?

The following is a speech I gave at this years World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The theme for this years Davos was “Resilient Dynamism” and I thought it worked well with the topic “Weak Signals” that I was about to discuss. Actually, in a perfect world, the following was supposed to be the speech I

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In 1993, there was a famous New Yorker cartoon that showed a dog telling another, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” While the artist Peter Steiner didn’t give the quote much thought when he wrote it, he unwittingly focused on the key strength and weakness of the Internet. Privacy and anonymity may allow

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Information security threats

This page includes various examples of PC and not-so-obvious non-PC based attacks that have actually happened recently around the world. Computers now pervade every facet of our lives. Sometimes people forget that many daily appliances (i.e., refrigerator) and consumer electronics (i.e., TV) now contain very sophisticated computers that can be compromised. Please revisit this page

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Security Blog

Due to popular demand, I have broken out the security portion of my blog and created a separate dedicated site: http://security./. I hope to create a repository of information security tidbits so that people can have a better understanding of how difficult “real security” is.  This blog/repository will be a place where I add things from

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Hacker sentenced to 20-years

It used to be that when a hacker stole money from a bank via the internet and got caught, the sentence was a lot less than a robber going into a physical bank and holding it up.  The sentencing of computer hackers have finally caught up with the modern era. As I have mentioned in a

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