Read this post by Wendy Grossman:
It also reminds that when people’s decisions seem inexplicable “the convenience” is often an important part of their reasoning. It’s certainly part of why a lot of security breaches happen. Most people’s job is not in security but in payroll or design or manufacturing, and their need to get their actual jobs done takes precedence. Faced with a dilemma, they will do the quickest and easiest thing, and those who design attacks know and exploit this very human tendency. The smart security person will, as Angela Sasse has been saying for 20 years, design security policies so they’re the easiest path to follow.
In the background of NSA’s mail snooping, Raj Sabhlok had this short article in Gigaom on securing your email.
Bruce Schneier, writing in the MIT Technology Review warns
of the danger that is growing in the name of Internet Nationalism, & reminds us what it really covers up:
But remember: none of this is cyberwar. It’s all espionage, something that’s been going on between countries ever since countries were invented. What moves public opinion is less the facts and more the rhetoric, and the rhetoric of war is what we’re hearing.
He calls for a more sensible approach:
We need to damp down the rhetoric and—more importantly—stop believing the propaganda from those who profit from this Internet nationalism. Those who are beating the drums of cyberwar don’t have the best interests of society, or the Internet, at heart.
A technologist’s view of the implications of the recent decision by the US Congress to ban trading with Huawei & ZTE.