Daily Archives: March 7, 2009

Buddy, did you know your anti-virus has expired?

So — would you want the state police writing you a ticket for failure to secure your computer?  Lawrence Pingree poses an interesting tool to consider.

The government could then scan the IP address space issued in the USA and then it could then issue “fix-it” tickets (similar to what is done today for cars) for Internet connected systems that contained vulnerabilities.

Seriously, how do you embed proper practices into the individual psychie?

Take for example peer-to-peer file sharing programs.  Leakage of data files has occurred over nets constructed by employees trying to “share” some music.  Some call P2P a “national security threat“.  Security experts, however, point to the human side of the security equation:

The problem, experts say, is that employees are violating corporate policy by using P2P at work or on work laptops to download MP3 files, or they take the work laptop home and their children install file-sharing software on it.

Ninety-three percent of P2P disclosures in the enterprise are inadvertent, said Tiversa Brand Director Scott Harrer. “You can’t really guard against human error,” he said.

The NSA is being accused of a power grab with respects to which agency manages cybersecurity.  Not too sure I want them policing my network.  (Does anyone here black helicopters hovering nearby?)

A top federal cybersecurity official resigned this week in a letter sharply critical of what he described as a power grab by the National Security Agency.

Rod Beckström, director of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity Center, said in his letter that NSA “effectively controls DHS cyber efforts through detailees, technology insertions,” and has proposed moving some functions to the agency’s Fort Meade, Md., headquarters.

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