Change all your passwords. Now. And then do it again in a week. Of course, there’s no evidence that any passwords have been exploited, but isn’t the lack of substantive evidence a suspicious fact in and of itself? It can be if you want it to be. My favorite presentation at the RSA Conference was [...]
Entries Tagged as 'security'
by Jay Heiser | April 11, 2014 | 2 Comments
by Jay Heiser | September 13, 2013 | 2 Comments
Computer Security is dead; long live computer security.
by Jay Heiser | November 28, 2012 | 1 Comment
Anyone with a stake in the overall success of cloud computing should take a few minutes to read the recent NYT interview with Peter G. Neumann, a highly-respected computer security researcher who, now entering his 9th decade, continues to do ground breaking work on digital reliability. Commercial cloud computing creates new levels of urgency for [...]
by Jay Heiser | August 10, 2012 | 2 Comments
The process in which the buyer asks a random list of questions that might have some minor relevance to some aspect of a provider’s security posture, and the potential provider pretends to answer them.
by Jay Heiser | August 1, 2012 | 1 Comment
I spent a frustrating 5 minutes this weekend enduring a forced password change on a retirement account containing $400. I was sure that the randomly generated and completely unmemorizable string my password utility came up with exceeded 7 characters, contained upper and lower case letters, at least 1 number, and a special character. It finally [...]
by Jay Heiser | February 3, 2012 | 1 Comment
The dozens of petabytes of Megaupload data belonging to millions of Internet users is manifesting itself as a giant hot potato, currently burning a cashflow and PR hole into the bottom lines of several global hosting firms.
by Jay Heiser | February 1, 2012 | Comments Off
Last November, Gartner analyst Richard Hunter and I published research entitled ‘Black Swans’ Are Sure to Fly in the Public Cloud. Based on ideas popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Random House, 2007), we strongly urged the users of cloud-based services to plan for the possibility of ”severe failure with [...]
by Jay Heiser | January 31, 2012 | Comments Off
Leverage and scale are two of the most fascinating aspects of Cloud Computing. In one fell swoop, the US Department of Justice burst Megaupload’s cloud, sending a loud anti-piracy message.
by Jay Heiser | January 30, 2012 | 4 Comments
It is almost certainly the case that individuals within thousands of organizations, having decided that Megaupload was a useful service, had uploaded corporate data into it. If that data wasn’t backed up, it is probably gone for good.
by Jay Heiser | December 14, 2011 | Comments Off