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14 years after 9/11, more connected, more social, more violent

Friday, today is the 14’th anniversary of the Al Queda attack on the US in New York on 9/11/2001. The world today is more connected, more always-on, more accessible…and more hostile. There are threats from Islamic terror, identity theft, hacking for pay, custom spyware, mobile malware, money laundering and corporate espionage. For those of us […]

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Why the Europeans are not buying DLP

It’s one of those things that European-based information security consultants must  ask themselves at times – why isn’t my phone ringing off the hook for DLP solutions if the European Data protection directives are so clear on the requirement to protect privacy? The central guideline is the EU Data Protection Directive – and reading the […]

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Better physical security with more eyeballs

Big companies have lobbies and receptionists. They may have many visitors during the day not to mention messengers from FedEx, DHL, TNT, Poczta etc. A DHL courier recently visited the offices of a client to pick up a package.  He walked in, picked up 5 expensive mobile computers and notebooks, put them in the pouch […]

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Seven software development mistakes not to make in 2009

One thing that is burnt into my personal flash memory from 7 years at Intel is working in Plan 2009 in September/October. This time of year, I start thinking about how we can survive and grow the business. We all like to think we learn from mistakes, however, recent experiences reminded me that the software […]

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Clinical trials in the cloud

Ben Baumann from Akaza and Open Clinica fame, recently blogged about clinical trials in the cloud.  Ben is pitching the relatively new offering from Akaza called Open Clinica Optimized hosting that offers quick startup using validated Open Clinica instances and resources on-demand on a SAS-70 compliant platform. As Ben noted that in the clinical research field, […]

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Dealing with DLP and privacy

Dealing with DLP and privacy It’s a long hot summer here in the Middle East and with 2/3 of  the office out on vacation, you have some time to reflect on data security. Or on the humidity.  Or on a cold beer. Maybe you are working on building a business case for DLP technology like Websense or Symantec or Verdasys, or Mcafee or Fidelis in […]

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10 ways to detect employees who are a threat to PHI

Software Associates specializes in software security and privacy compliance for medical device vendors in Israel.   One of the great things about working with Israeli medical device vendors is the level of innovation, drive and abundance of smart people. It’s why I get up in the morning. Most people who don’t work in security, assume […]

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The best cybersecurity strategy may be counter-terror

Danny Lieberman  suggests that a demand-side strategy with peer-review may work best  for cyber-security. A conventional military paradigm does not work for cyber-security Government cyber  security policy, molded by the military; traditionally frames cyber-security in the context of a defensive strategy based on intelligence gathering, threat analysis,  modeling and  monitoring  with  deployment of defensive network […]

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Is network PVR the best direction for the big studios ?

The distribution of video over multicast-broadcast networks and content storage at by users with Windows PCs and PVRs has created a huge threat surface for digital content. Typical to flawed security countermeasures, HDCP and AACS exacerbate and enlarge the threat surface rather than enhance revenues and reduce risk. In this article we will show that […]

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