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

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Good Web application security resource

In typical monster corporation style, Hewlett-Packard's Web site is painfully difficult to browse around, much less find what you're looking for when it comes to, well, pretty much anything. There is an exception however that benefits all of us in information security. It's HP's Application Security Center Resource Library. It's chock full of goodies from HP (and former SPI Dynamics) engineers, developers, and Web security evangelists.

In addition to more recent material, there are links to several whitepapers and articles I authored/ghost-authored for SPI Dynamics a few years back on regulatory compliance and performing Web vulnerability assessments (under the Technical Approaches and Legal and Regulatory Compliance headings). You may also want to check out their blogs under the HP Security Labs heading. Again, yucky user experience but great information if you can find your way through the thicket.

All in all a good resource for Web security if you're looking to brush up on the subject.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sometimes it's the little things that'll get you

If you're like me you've likely experienced in your daily life how something seemingly innocuous or too simple can create a big problem. Here's a new piece I wrote where I talk about this issue with regards to Web security:

Web security oversights: Don’t overlook the “small” stuff

With information security there's usually no need to sweat the small stuff....just don't overlook it altogether!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lessons learned & reminded of this past week

After taking this past week off to be with my family during my mother's passing I'm back to work this week. I wanted to thank each and every one of you who reached out and sent cards and kind words to me during this tough time. It really meant a lot.

There's one thing I learned this past week. It's that no matter how much you think you're prepared, how much you believe your expectations are set, losing a family member like I have - like we all do - hurts beyond what words can describe.

There's also one thing I was reminded of this past week. That is just how precious human life really is and how we cannot take any second we're here on earth for granted. As my mom often said, Life is too short. Indeed it is Mom.