Risk Management with Stuart King and Duncan Hart:

March, 2008

March 31, 2008  5:00 AM

10 things learnt in the last 12 months

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Security management

I've been in my present role of Information Security Director for a year. It's a good time to reflect on some of the lessons learnt over the previous twelve months, and here are ten things that I'll share with you. 1. Never assume anything. The first rule is: if you don't check then it hasn't been...

March 25, 2008  6:14 PM

On the road again

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This week I'm in Moscow. British Airways just about managed to get me here and maintain the 100% lateness record on flights I've taken in the last six months. Todays' escapades were either (according to ground staff) because of the late arrival of the previous flight and the crew being out of hours...

March 23, 2008  10:36 AM

The First Rule of Programming: It’s Always Your Fault

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OWASP, Web security

I still dabble occassionally with programming in my spare time when I get the opportunity. I enjoy writing code but I don't profess to be particularly good at it - I could make things work but I would take all the short cuts that usually form a good part of the software security presentations that...

March 19, 2008  6:00 AM

Network IPS Systems – still worth buying?

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I was involved in an interesting debate a couple of nights ago about the relative merits or otherwise of IPS. It's a subject I've talked about a couple of times before on this blog ( for instance here talking...

March 18, 2008  2:26 PM

Bad Phorm

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Phorm, Security

The prospect of behavorial-based advertising is something we should all be concerned about and something we should all be strongly voicing an objection to. Phorm, the company offering such a service as part of their Webwise product, have engaged with BT, Virgin, and Talk Talk for trials of the...

March 16, 2008  3:25 PM

Malware in MP3 players

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malware, Network security

Following on from the story about dodgy Cisco hardware, it seems that some of our popular consumer electronic gadgets such as MP3 players and digital picture frames are infected with malware before they even leave the factory. A number of online news sources are running the same story as reported...

March 15, 2008  3:00 PM

Web Security – Scanners, Firewalls and the SDLC

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Web security

padlocks.jpg There is no magic bullet for website security. If you've got a strategically important web product then you have...

March 14, 2008  6:00 AM

Malware still the biggest threat

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anti-malware, IPS, malware, Network security

It's reckoned that two million new strains of malware, or five every two minutes, will emerge onto the Internet this year. That doesn't include the 15 to 20 new Trojans released every hour. These are the figures reported by Kaspersky in an article in the...

March 12, 2008  2:38 PM

2008 Budget – On biometrics at Heathrow

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Biometrics, budget

From today's budget speech:

Today I can announce new measures at Heathrow and other airports to ensure that a greater use of biometric technology speeds up the time it takes passengers...

March 10, 2008  9:30 AM

Consumer networks for business use

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Network security, Security management, Social networking

If all the hype is to be believed then IT execs who ignore Web 2.0 collaboration technologies could be hurting their company's bottom line. That, apparently, is the message from IT leaders and industry analysts who are convinced that Web 2.0 technologies are the real deal. And, as...

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