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Another Dot Dot Dot Security Friday

by John Pescatore  |  October 29, 2010  |  Submit a Comment

Next week I will drive to a polling place to physically vote, pretty much the same way I did in 1978, the first time I could actually vote. My computer in 1978 was a KIM-1 6502 board – that actually made a safer online voting platform than the Windows PC I use today. We don’t seem any closer to online voting…

The US Intelligence community spent $80B in the past fiscal year, 3 times the spending in 1998. Has our National IQ tripled as well? I’m not feeling all that much smarter than I did in 1998…

That $80B makes the $6,600 Facebook spent lobbying against the California Social Networking Privacy Act (as reported by MarketWatch) look puny. That proposed bill would make it illegal for social networking sites to list the addresses and phone numbers of minors – how draconian! Well, to advertisers trying to sell acne medicine…

Gartner clients tell us they have a Gen X/Gen Y problem, where the new wave of first line managers want to use their own laptops and smart phones, and want to collaborate using Google Apps and build their sales network out on Facebook (it is easy to collect prospect addresses and phone numbers there!) York College’s Center for Professional Excellence provided some good dirt to use against those annoying Gen Yer’s, publishing a survey saying “Nearly 40 percent found GenY to have poor grammar skills; Almost 30 percent found GenY to have a poor attitude, with 27 percent reporting these workers are “disrespectful and inconsiderate.” In terms of GenY’s IT habits, almost 40 percent found an increase in incidents involving IT etiquette, including the accessing of unauthorized company information.” Plus, those Gen Yers keep walking on my lawn, blaring their so-called “music” and wearing their skirts too short…

I wonder if consumerization of IT means that firewalls will come with digital clocks on the front panels…

McAfee says more than 6% of web sites out there are risky, which probably means they count Facebook as 1 site…

Google is likely eying the big commissions in the real estate sales business, as Google’s CEO said on CNN “So, you can just move, right?” when asked about people’s privacy concerns about their houses showing up on Google’s Street View. He later retracted that statement, saying “As you can see from the unedited interview, my comments were made during a fairly long back and forth on privacy. I clearly misspoke.” He then definitely did not add “You don’t have to move, you can just do what they do in the Hamptons and encircle your house with 30 foot high bushes and walls” because I’m sure he has recently gone to remedial CEO media training…

Gartner sends us to media training before we inteview CEOs on stage at the Gartner symposium and about all I remembered was to wear long socks so my shins wouldn’t be exposed. I guess shins must be like kryptonite on TV, but I thought it was odd they didn’t mind that my shorts still let my knees show…

That McAfee risk survey says by percentage, the .info domain is way up there in risk – I can’t wait to see the statistics on the .xxx domain once that gets going…

Have a fun Halloween Weekend. I’m going dressed as Joe Average  Software – when someone drops a cookie in my bag, I will promptly send that persons name and address to every site on the .info domain…

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John Pescatore
VP Distinguished Analyst
11 years at Gartner
32 years IT industry

John Pescatore is a vice president and research fellow in Gartner Research. Mr. Pescatore has 32 years of experience in computer, network and information security. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Pescatore was senior consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems… Read Full Bio




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