The personal blog of Information Security professional David Sheidlower.
Dedicated to discussing Cyber Security as an exercise in design as opposed to merely an extension of conventional warfare.
As Don Delillo wrote:
“Warfare is warfare. We don’t need substitutes because we’ve got the real thing.”
In other words, we can and should distinguish between criminals and enemies. Between security and combat.
If we are to think about cyber-warfare, then that too needs to be approached as something unlike conventional warfare. We have not even begun to figure out how friends and foes are defined and we must.
I also believe strongly that when an organization processes an individual’s data, then protecting that data IS a service to those individuals (whether their relationship to the organization is that of citizens, patients, clients, users, employees or any combination of those).
My undergraduate degree is from the University of California, Berkeley, where I read everything I could get my hands on by P. G. Wodehouse and studiously avoided Dostoyevsky like, well, not like the The Plague because Camus’s novel of that name is a favorite, like someone who prefers Wodehouse.
I grew up in the Bronx. And, as we might have said while we had a free period at Bronx Science and were getting doughnuts just off Jerome Avenue: Igotsyourcybersecurityrighthere.
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