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Archives for January, 2010


The Mobius Strip of Enrollment

by Jay Heiser  |  January 28, 2010  |  3 Comments

Having moved back to the USA after 10 years in Europe, I needed to apply for a US drivers license. Besides a convenient mechanism for collecting traffic fines, there are many situations in which government and commercial authorities require a government-issued photo ID (remember, there is no ‘national’ ID in the USA).  Its disconcerting to [...]

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Yes, Virginia, industrial espionage is real

by Jay Heiser  |  January 27, 2010  |  Comments Off

Google’s January 12 blog about their apparently falling victim to a cyberattack of Chinese origin, a cyberonslaught which also targeted several dozen other commercial and defense corporations, has been thoroughly reported on, blogged, and discussed. There will undoubtedly be a lot of valuable lessons–if we ever learn what actually happened.  Hopefully, this will increase the [...]

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Measuring Clouds

by Jay Heiser  |  January 26, 2010  |  1 Comment

I’ve spent a lot of the last 2 years researching the problem of making business decisions about the relative levels of risk associated with partners and service providers.  Externally provisioned services, such as Cloud Computing (whatever the service) and SaaS (whatever the computing model) are problematic.  We’ve learned a lot about security risk management over [...]

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How Long is a Piece of Security String?

by Jay Heiser  |  January 25, 2010  |  1 Comment

As part of their corporate philosophy of introducing children to real life, several years ago, a German toymaker introduced a whimsical toy to help preschool jet-setters cope with the realities of post 9/11 travel. When my wife tracked down one of Playmobil’s more controversial toys on eBay for my Christmas present, she couldn’t have known [...]

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