* Posts by RobertD

32 posts • joined 15 Mar 2013

Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

RobertD
Alert

This may be the best article ever. I remember going for an info sec manager role a few years ago and when I was asked about upcoming threats, I said that the consumerisation of IT was the biggest threat as manufacturers always place ease of use over security and the proliferation of devices was about to take off. The interviewer looked at me as if I was a lunatic and I didn't get the role (that answer alone may not have been the only reason, although I like to pretend it was) but the author is absolutely right, unless companies start building secure products then we're goosed.

History teaches us that every advanced civilisation collapses, so I hope everyone is ready for the wilderness that awaits after the digital apocalypse.

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So, Gov.UK infosec in 2015. 'Chaotic'. Cost £300m. NINE THOUSAND data breaches...

RobertD
Joke

Re: Have GCHQ systems ever been breached?

Or, as Stan Laurel put it, "You can lead a horse to water but a pencil must be led". It is funnier if you say it out loud.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

RobertD

Hmmm

I think we need a new 'tumbleweed' icon.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

RobertD

Nonsense

I liked it.

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

RobertD
Holmes

Why is anyone surprised?

Ireland has form in this, look at the tax arrangements of Bongo and his U2 chums.

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Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

RobertD
Alert

Re: IoT

Spookily enough, watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones last night on Sky Now TV or whatever, the picture went from blurred to crystal clear and back again more than once...

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RobertD
Big Brother

IoT

The internet of things terrifies me, and not just because of Skynet. As always, developers are being asked to rush things out there and security doesn't even get invited in for the ride, never mind take a back seat. Nest? Looks very nice, owned by Google. Hive looks promising but needs its own router and their privacy policy states:

"We can use any of our information to contact you. We can contact you by post, email, phone, text message or any other kind of electronic communication (such as through your smart meter if you have one). We can also visit you."

Sounds more like a threat to me.

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Corporates can learn from criminals and spies. No, no, we're talking about OPSEC

RobertD
Holmes

Hmm

The icon says it all really.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

RobertD
Windows

Huh

I love my Windows Phone.

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Inter-bank system SWIFT on security? User manual needs 'revamp’

RobertD

As the chap says...

If people are compromised, then all the technical controls in the world won't prevent fraud. Detection is where we need to spend a LOT more effort.

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Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

RobertD

Hue and Cry

Even more recently in the US the sheriff was able to set up a posse, which is from the Latin posse comitatus, and means that he was able to call on men to sort out any trouble.

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Cybersecurity is slowing down my business, say majority of chief execs

RobertD
Pint

Hopefully...

The new EU data protection directive and it's fine of 2% of global turnover will help managers to see info security as a way of protecting capital rather than a cost. I live in hope.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

RobertD
Windows

Huh

I wish they would force me to upgrade my Vista laptop.

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IT salary not enough? Want to make £10,000 a DAY?

RobertD

Re: Dilemma

What you need to remember about audits is that they are ultimately checking to see if you are operating in the way you said you would - in line with company policy, agreed standards etc. So if you're not, don't try to hide it, try to get the policies and procedures changed. And please also remember that auditors start off all fresh-faced and well-meaning, but years of dealing with grouchy IT boffins who think that the rules don't apply to them takes its toll.

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RobertD

Re: Dilemma

If I remember correctly (not guaranteed), then you are actually liable for the amount of issued share capital, which I suppose could be thruppence ha'penny.

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RobertD
Pint

Re: Dilemma

£10k a day? I wish...

Anyway thanks Vic for getting to the heart of why security is always poor, always an add-on and we keep seeing breaches - not enough time, and no money. Still, it keeps me in a job.

Cheers!!

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Want to defend your network? Profile the person attacking it

RobertD

Re: #BBW

File size doesn't matter - just call it 'Marketing MI' and nobody will pay any attention.

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

RobertD

The 'number' zero.

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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

RobertD

Re: I've got a brilliant idea

Excellent - and one day, when you have lots of these cards, maybe someone will invent a way whereby you don't have to carry several cards around, because a handy mobile device will store all the details for you and let you select the one you want...oh wait...

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RobertD

Hmmm

Based on these comments, nobody likes Apple Pay either? Google Wallet? I am genuinely interested - are we not keen on digital wallets?

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

RobertD
Facepalm

Solution...

Everybody should publish everything online now. Hey presto, no more privacy concerns or cyber crime. Oh wait, I'd be out of a job. More thought required.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

RobertD

A boffin...

is someone who doesn't have to look things up on Wikipedia.

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Star Wars VII set for Xmas release. Ho, ho, ho... not THIS Christmas

RobertD

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

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'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'

RobertD
Happy

It might...

...sell well here in Scotland as it sounds like it might be similar enough in colour to Irn Bru or good whisky.

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

RobertD
Pint

Well...

My 14 year old loves Windows 8 - live updates on the front screen, a UI that he considers intuitive - the future belongs to their generation, not ours, and we'll just have to get used to it!

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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

RobertD
Happy

Nab him...

The most obvious problem with the use of pigeons is surely The Vulture Squadron - although to be fair I can't think of a time when they actually stopped the pigeon. The mastermind was a shady, never-seen character called the General though, so maybe Hanna-Barbera were on to something.

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The Reg's best-looking reader reveals list of jobs for the beautiful

RobertD
Joke

Surely...

You've heard about the man hiring a new PA, requirement = speaks 3 languages and can do 100 words per minute. He ends up with a shortlist of 3 - a brunette who speaks 3 languages but can only manage 80 words per minute, a redhead who speaks 2 languages but can do 90 words per minute, and a blonde who only speaks one language but can do 100 words per minute. Who gets the job?

The one with the biggest boobs of course.

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

RobertD
WTF?

Surely

The most entertaiing choice would be John McAfee?

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Too much infosec regulation undermines security, warns NAB

RobertD
Unhappy

Some sense, yes...

In that a one-size fits all, tick-box compliance exercise does not mean that the risks have been managed or even identified. But some (most?) organisations possess neither the capability nor the will to fund a fully reactive, risk-based information security function. So until such time as the new EU breach/attack-sharing bears fruit and senior management actually see what is happening, it's policies, standards and checklists all round.

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Report: BlackBerry BYOD-ware doesn't pass UK.gov security test

RobertD
Meh

The point is...

That Balance enables BYOD for iOS and Android devices isn't it? So you don't have to bring a BlackBerry to work. Have I missed something?

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

RobertD
Happy

Re: NZ Has No TV Tax

Good point - but it was Michael Palin on the wall, not dear old Spike.

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BYOD: Bring Your Own Device - or Bring Your Own Disaster?

RobertD
IT Angle

That was a very useful, thought-provoking session - thanks to everyone who took part! Lots of food for thought.

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