Risk Management with Stuart King and Duncan Hart:

Network security


January 19, 2009  3:30 PM

Web access policy and dictators

sking2 Profile: sking2
Network security, Security management

There are a few things that annoy me: impoliteness, petty bureaucracy, Chris Moyles, BT customer "service", the price of cinema popcorn, the smell of fast food on public transport, drivers who can't stay in lane when they go round a roundabout (Hey, Mrs Blue Audi driver on the A316. See those white...

January 7, 2009  9:30 AM

Risk assessment and the Nu M8 Child Tracker

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Misc, Network security, Security management

A few weeks ago I allowed my 7 year old daughter to walk the last 400 yards from the bottom of the road to the school gate by herself. Off she trotted, full of her own independence, and away she went. About half an hour later the school headmistress called me "did you know that your daughter...


November 18, 2008  10:06 PM

Malware hits London hospitals

sking2 Profile: sking2
malware, Network security

It's interesting to speculate how three seperate hospital computer systems have managed to simultaneously fall victim to malware. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7735502.stm. Given that the rest of us have not today...


November 14, 2008  8:30 AM

Rambling on about risk assessment

sking2 Profile: sking2
Network security, Security management

I was reading with interest a two-part blog posting from Chris Hayes on his Risktical Ramblings site. It's a detailed and thorough run through of a risk assessment process. I actually think...


October 13, 2008  5:00 PM

Learning from the lessons learnt the hard way by others

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malware, Network security, Security management

I don't harbour any illusion that the misfortune of others, frequently commented on within this blog, couldn't end up also occuring to me within my own organisation. It would be foolish to think otherwise. Some of the incidents listed on resources such as The...

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September 29, 2008  6:00 PM

Chips and custard

sking2 Profile: sking2
Network security, Security management

Two things that definately do not go together are chips and custard. Unless you're pregnant. Or from Belgium where I suppose it's not too far removed from smothering your frites with mayo. An old friend of mine actually has a phobia of mayonaise. I'm not making it up. Put a jar of Helmans finest in...


September 24, 2008  9:00 AM

Unauthorised software on the network

sking2 Profile: sking2
Network security, Security management

I spent a good part of a recent day discussing the reasons why I had instructed the removal of certain unauthorised software from a number of PCs on the company network. The arguments that came my way were:

- they needed it
- we should be accommodating
- it's not posing any...


September 22, 2008  9:30 AM

There’s a hole in your network and you’re not the first to know…

sking2 Profile: sking2
Network security, Security management

In the words of the great poet, David Brent (from The Office), "If you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation."


September 15, 2008  10:00 AM

Hotel networks put corporate users at risk

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Network security, Security management

New research published that should make you pause for thought as you connect your laptop up to the hotel network the next time you're away somewhere on business.

...we were forced to conclude that guests' data transmissions are often at risk when they use a hotel's...


September 12, 2008  8:30 AM

PCI Compliance – dispelling some common myths

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Compliance, Network security, Security management

I was supposed to be in Paris today, auditing various PCI related things. Unfortunately, the fire in the Channel Tunnel has put paid to those particular plans. Not that I'm too upset - I'm rather reluctant to travel too far right now because...


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