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September 16, 2010  7:45 PM

A Picture Can be Worth a Thousand Words



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Adventures in Auditing, ATM Security, Automatic Theft Machines, Start Laughing Now

At a hotel in Orlando, I came across this ATM just as the repairman was walking away. Next to the restrooms and telephones, a free ATM!

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July 14, 2010  12:58 PM

The Advanced Data Threat of Persistent Leakage



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
information security policy, Start Laughing Now

Back from a lovely vacation on a lake (where there are no computers or TVs allowed) I am struck once again by a terrible case of whimsy. Thus the title of this entry, which I truly could not resist. There is an odd marketing marriage of some "security" terms. I put security in...


February 17, 2010  2:58 AM

Beware the “Smoker Door!”



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Adventures in Auditing, Data Center, Eigen's Rules of Thumb, Hardware & InfoSec, information security policy, Penetration testing, Physical Security, Start Laughing Now, Tools & Tricks of the Trade

When doing a physical security audit, there's always the "security by walking around" phase. I find PCs with no screensavers, passwords under keyboards and keys labeled "server room." Consider the cigarette smoker. Every company has them. (Better, by far, than the cigar smokers, in my opinion.)...


February 8, 2010  2:21 PM

More Adventures In Auditing



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Adventures in Auditing, Eigen's Rules of Thumb, Start Laughing Now, Steps to an Easy Audit, TCM (Truly Clueless Management)

Not long ago (needless to say I can't mention time or client name) I was asked by a medium-sized business to investigate some problems they were having with spam, malware, and "weird stuff" on their network. Their network contained at least 200 users spread out over multiple sites. I asked to...


January 29, 2010  4:18 PM

A “Reverse Darwin” Award



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Eigen's Rules of Thumb, information security, Start Laughing Now

A story appeared on Techdirt concerning a woman who has sued Yahoo because her name was linked to an erectile dysfunction drug in search results. How this happened the first time, we really don't know,but now the dark humor...


January 27, 2010  2:52 AM

One More Acronym & I’m Going to Scream – Part 3



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Start Laughing Now, Stupid Technology, Tearing My Hair Out

OK, I admit it's a pet peeve. And it's certainly not going to be an annual report any more. But I can't imagine how people outside of the technical sector could possibly understand why we have so many different acronyms for the same thing. In the material below, there are four...


January 9, 2010  3:14 AM

Anti-”Social Network” Phenomena



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Add new tag, information, privacy on the web, Start Laughing Now, Stupid Technology

When I heard about some sort of site that was set up to promote a service called the "Web 2.0 Suicide Machine," I just had to check it out: From their website for Cyber-Suicide: Tired of your Social Network? Liberate your newbie friends with a...


December 29, 2009  7:58 PM

Just in Time for the Holidays…..



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Automatic Theft Machines, cloud computing, Cloud Security, information security, SQL Injection, Start Laughing Now, TCM (Truly Clueless Management)

There are a bunch of year end studies coming out, predicting various sorts of rises and decreases in criminal activity on the Internet. ("cybercriminal" sounds way too glamorous for me.) So I thought I'd offer up, in the spirit of the season, my two cents: Under the Category of Bad...


December 18, 2009  2:30 PM

Second Annual “One More Acronym & I am Going To Scream”



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Eigen's Rules of Thumb, Start Laughing Now, Stupid Technology

From the wilds of South Dakota, it seems like I have too much time to think. Once again, in time for the holiday season, the Ad campaigns (which is where so many of these things ((heck, where ALL of these things)) come from) spread the same acronyms like the "I Love You" virus. Late last night...


November 20, 2009  9:14 PM

Ownership of What????



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Start Laughing Now

Every now and then, some outfit does...


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