Security is the new paperless office!

If you’re old enough, you remember reading a lot about the coming “paperless office”. It never came, but I realized there are parallels we can draw in the context of our current security problems. Back in the 90’s, everyone wanted a paperless office. It sounded neat and with the future coming, who would need paperContinue reading “Security is the new paperless office!”

Security lacks patience

I had a meeting with some non security people to discuss some of the challenges around security. It’s a rather popular topic these days but nobody knows what that means (remember 5 years ago when everyone talked about cloud but nobody knew what that meant?). The details are irrelevant, the most important thing that cameContinue reading “Security lacks patience”

Where is the physical trust boundary?

There’s a story of a toothbrush security advisory making the rounds. This advisory is pretty funny but it matters. The actual issue with the toothbrush isn’t a huge deal, an attacker isn’t going to do anything exciting with the problems. The interesting issue here is we’re at the start of many problems like this we’re goingContinue reading “Where is the physical trust boundary?”

If your outcome is perfect or nothing, nothing always wins

This tweethttps://twitter.com/RichFelker/status/666325066838339584 Led to this threadhttp://marc.info/?t=144778171800001&r=1&w=2 The short version is there are some developers from Red Hat working on gcc attempting to prevent ROP style attacks. More than one person has accused this work of being pointless and a waste of time. It’s not, the waste of time is arguing about why trying new thingsContinue reading “If your outcome is perfect or nothing, nothing always wins”

Your containers were built in some guy’s barn!

Today containers are a bit like how cars used to work a long long long time ago. You couldn’t really buy a car, you had to build it yourself or find someone who could build one for you in their barn. The parts were terrible and things would break all the time. It probably ranContinue reading “Your containers were built in some guy’s barn!”

Is the Linux ransomware the first of many?

If you pay any attention to the news, no doubt the story of the Linux ransomware that’s making the rounds. There has been much said about the technical merits of this, but there are two things I keep wondering. Is this a singular incident, or the first of many? You could argue this either way. It mightContinue reading “Is the Linux ransomware the first of many?”

How do we talk to normal people?

How do we talk to the regular people? What’s going to motivate them? What matters to them? You can easily make the case that business is driven by financial rewards, but what can we say or do to get normal people to understand us, to care? Money? Privacy? Donuts? I’m not saying we’re going to turnContinue reading “How do we talk to normal people?”

How do we talk to business?

How many times have you tried to get buyin for a security idea at work, or with a client, only to have them say “no”. Even though you knew it was really important, they still made the wrong decision. We’ve all seen this more times than we can count. We usually walk away grumbling aboutContinue reading “How do we talk to business?”