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Personal Information is the Currency of the Internet

When we talk about privacy of personal information on the Internet what do we mean?  Many people assume it is the punch-line to a joke, as it is the accepted wisdom that there is no privacy on the Internet.  But the wisdom of the crowds is not something I’d bet on. Legally personal information is anything that…

Printing to the Internet

You’ve deployed a brand new networked printer, and after getting it all set up and working, what’s the next step?  How about connecting it to the public Internet.  So that anyone, anywhere, at any time can print anything they want and waste all your paper and toner. Madness you say!  Not it would seem in universities in Taiwan,…

The Perils of Cloud Analogies

Moving your operations to the cloud is like… a dream for those who love analogies.  All sorts of things have been claimed, but there is only one reality.  It’s like outsourcing, because that’s exactly what it is. The biggest business risk with outsourcing is that you replace technical controls with contracts, and while a move from tactical…

19th century PKI

Over the last few years more and more reports have been published claiming that PKI was fundamentally flawed.  The failure of the Dutch CA DigiNotar is widely claimed to be the final proof.  But I disagree.  The problems with PKI fall into two categories: “you’re doing it wrong”; and “you’re using it wrong”.  Neither of these have anything to…

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