You can't secure what you don't acknowledge.SM

Thursday, April 30, 2009


Did you hear about the French First Lady's debacle yesterday? Apparently computer files, etc. containing some not so modest photos and videos of her were stolen. Ouch.

Lesson learned: encrypt your laptop hard drives. No, no wait. How about not taking photos and videos of yourself doing things that you wouldn't want the whole world to see!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Great tips for your PowerPoint slides

I just came across these research-based findings regarding effective PowerPoint slides. Really good stuff to keep in mind when you're putting together that next slide deck.

Creating PowerPoint Based on Research

Marketers can twist anything

You've heard me say before here, here, and elsewhere that the marketing fluff created by IT and security product vendors is often nothing more than, well, fluff. Most marketer jargon lies somewhere between competitive advantage and political correctness and it usually makes for some comical reading.

I heard some nonsense like this on my way into work this morning. It was regarding the swine flu. Apparently the brainiacs in the pork industry want to change it to "hybrid flu". Well, isn't that precious? Call it the hybrid flu and it doesn't sound so bad anymore does it?

I really does amaze me how people are always trying to exploit the great unwashed and change perception of things to make themselves or something they're pushing look more reasonable than it really is...oftentimes to perpetrate a scam. The points I'm trying to make: educate yourself and trust but verify.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Think about this...

...when you're working hard for your money this week. It shines a spotlight on what's happening on our world today and has some interesting security tie-ins as well. Funny how all of this stuff affecting our lives and careers is related.
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." - Dr. Adrian Rogers

In case you missed RSA...

Here's a page containing links to the keynote sessions at the conference last week. Some good - some not so much. Either way it's worth a look-see...and a listen. The Mythbusters "keynote" is on there as well!

My latest security content

Here's my latest information security content for your perusal.

For starters, here's an article I wrote for Security Technology Executive magazine:
Social Engineering: The big risk no one's thinking about

Here's an article I re-published for a local Atlanta site called TechLINKs:
How's your information security culture?

Here's a bit I wrote for
Data security concerns with online backup

...and here's a podcast I recorded for
The future of compliance policy management

As always, be sure to check out for all of my information security articles, podcasts, webcasts, screencasts and more.