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November 19, 2012  9:52 PM

Physical security fail II



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Security, Security best practice

After an incident the other day where a student attempted to break into our bookstore with a credit card, I decided I had better test my office (even though I have a sturdy combination lock on it). It took me about 5 seconds to open my locked door. So, we installed additional measures to prevent...

November 11, 2012  10:53 PM

Secret splitting



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Encryption, Security, Security best practice

In...


November 11, 2012  2:51 PM

Final update on physical security failure



Posted by: Ken Harthun
physical security, Security, Security best practice, Security management

As you may recall, last month I had a physical security issue at one of my campuses. This post gave an update and on Wednesday of last week, I put in place...


October 31, 2012  5:51 PM

Cryptography contest solution



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Security

So, if you haven't figured it out already, the code I posted last night is from Edgar Allen Poe's "The Gold Bug." From Wikipedia:

"The Gold-Bug" is a short story by
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October 30, 2012  11:05 PM

A cryptography contest



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Edgar Allen Poe, Encryption, Fun stuff, Security

Huge...


October 30, 2012  4:31 PM

Update on physical security failure



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Security, Security best practice, Security management

Hollering on the right channels seems to have gotten results. Here's the update on the physical security problem I mentioned in my last post. These are excerpts from emails. Us: We are experiencing another issue with our network cable in the Phone/Data Closet.  Our server was...


October 27, 2012  12:50 PM

Tale from the trenches: Physical security failure



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Physical security, Security, Security best practice, Security management

Last Friday, a trouble ticket came in saying someone from our satellite campus could not access our database application. I immediately attempted to log in remotely and was unable to do so. The next check revealed that our NLAN link was down and had been since approximately 7 p.m. the night before....


October 25, 2012  1:54 AM

The 25 most popular (and most insecure) passwords of 2012



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice

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October 20, 2012  10:22 PM

Distributed passwords: A simple security precaution that works



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Security management

Everyone of us has one: A user who has a "book" of passwords sitting in plain view at their workstation. This person absolutely insists on keeping passwords written down in longhand and refuses to use any type of password manager software. Yes, the book is usually closed and it's not obviously...


October 20, 2012  1:35 PM

All credit card PIN numbers in the World leaked



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice

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