Security By Design Applies to Organizations Too

If you are an engineer or software developer, there is a good chance that you have heard the phrase “security by design” before (sometimes also referred to as “secure by design”).  If you are unfamiliar with the phrase, it pretty much means what you think it would mean: something has been designed, developed, and manufactured[…]

Ask Yourself: Why Do You Amass Data?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you may have noticed that a growing number of people are not too pleased with Facebook and Alphabet Inc., parent of Google and developers of the mobile operating system, Android. What started the recent frustrations are the revelations from an employee of Cambridge Analytica and how the[…]

The End of Evidence

Perhaps you noticed from a recent Vanity Fair publication that Oprah Winfrey has three hands and Reese Witherspoon has some odd looking legs. Of course they really don’t. This was just “magic gone wrong” in the world of photo editing and likely invoked more than a few Homer Simpson “d’ohs!” and forehead smacks. Goofy mistakes[…]

Operation Fitbit

The Chinese philosopher Laozi gave this saying to history…”A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  Two thousand five hundred years later, give or take a century, modern technology makes it simple to count those steps. And, thanks to companies like Fitbit, counting to 10,000 steps each day has become something between[…]

Treat Your Data Like Cash

How annoyed are you when you find out you lost some cash?  Whether it is a few bucks in your jeans pocket or that “emergency stash” under the mattress, losing that “cold hard cash” is a feeling that always twists your stomach.  Sometimes you blame yourself.  Sometimes you blame others.  Depending on the amount lost,[…]

Warm Holiday Wishes

As the holiday season gathers steam, we traditionally pause to take stock of our many blessings. This year we can find one in the just released U.S. National Security Strategy.  It appears we’ve won the war on climate change, and climate change is no longer a national security threat, so a long winter’s nap should[…]

An Eye on GDPR

There is a lot of talk about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679).  And rightly so, because it will impact a great many organizations, many of which reside in the U.S.  Set to come fully into effect May 25, 2018, the GDPR has understandably caused a lot of headaches because it[…]