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

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My latest security content

Here's my latest information security content. Hope you enjoy!

Big IT Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn (an piece I contributed to)

How often should I change the passwords for my bank and other important online accounts? (a Women's Health magazine piece I contributed to)

Web 2.0 application security troubleshooting, testing tutorial

HIPAA-covered entities, business associates confront HITECH Act rules

Ten sure-fire ways to derail your career in IT

Be sure to check out for all of my information security articles, podcasts, webcasts, screencasts, my Twitter updates, and more.

Third-party apps still a big security issue

A while back I wrote about the importance of patching third-party software on your enterprise desktops. Apparently third-party applications are still out of the security loop. It's a seemingly small problem but it can have pretty big consequences.

Parental software, is this where we're headed!?

Be careful which parental monitoring software you install on your kids' computers. Looks like some people think their content filtering software is a means to capture the text of IM chats for the purposes of marketing intelligence. Sickening.

Good reason to use a network analyzer to see what's being sent out of your computers/networks! Get an executive or IT admin on one of these computers talking about sensitive subjects and its (unsuspected) data leakage at its finest.

Have you seen this movie yet?

I took a couple of days off to celebrate the completion of my freshly-updated book Hacking For Dummies, 3rd edition. More on this to come...Anyway, during this time off I went to see the movie District 9 that was most excellent. One of the best flicks I've ever seen. Extremely creative with good acting too! You have to see it while it's still in theaters!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Boston Beer a big let down

I heard a Samuel Adams beer commercial on the radio this morning that reminded me of the big let down I had from them recently. I was at a speaking engagement on physical / data center security on behalf of Anixter in Boston (pronounced Bahstun for those of you here in the South with me) and wanted to see some of the sights while I was there.

Being a fan of Sam Adams I hopped (like the pun?) onto their Web site to get tour information. Wasn't there. Seriously....I called their sales # and was told they don't handle tour information there. I was transferred to the "tour guy". No answer - had to leave a message. I kindly asked that he return my call with the basics. Never heard back.

Now, remember, I just wanted basic tour information (where, when, how much). Hey Jim Koch, you're obviously proud of your beer, how hard does it have to be to get tour information??? What a let down...

Now I have a negative association every time I hear a Sam Adams commercial or see Sam Adams beer in the store. Hey at least there's a handful of microbrew alternatives like Flying Dog. And, go figure, they actually have tour information on their Web site. Took me all of 4 seconds to find it. Next time I'm in Maryland maybe I'll pay them a visit.

Anyway, just had to get that off my chest.

Hope you have an excellent week...back in touch soon.