February 2018
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Cyberwar vs. The Humble USB Key

Hollywood may not make films about USB keys, but they’re probably your biggest information security threat

Given the choice between writing a special 12-page supplement about Cyberwar and trying to fill as many pages about the threat presented by the USB key, it is no surprise that the editors of The Economist chose the former. Hollywood does not make [...]

Is the Threat Really Outside Your Organization?

What Are You Doing To Ensure Your Users Accept Your Security Policies?

“Cyberwar”, the cover story of a recent issue of The Economist, beats the call to arms for an international effort to limit the threat to modern society from attack via the Internet – and they’re onto something. Stories about state-sponsored Chinese cyber-espionage and Russian Internet mafia [...]

The Risk of Ignoring Social Media

Caution is a normal reaction to economic hard times, but it is not without risk. Many authors have recently pointed out that technological advances often appear during economic downturns. The PC, for example, came out during the recession of the early 80′s. Today, as many firms cut advertising budgets and put development projects on standby, there [...]

An Excessive Faith in Numbers

There is much current talk about the sin of extrapolation and how wrong everyone was to assume that things would continue to go up. The reverse accusation might be worth making today, where many people, for exactly the same reasons, assume that everything will get worse. Mark Twain famously said that there were “lies, damned lies, [...]

The Economist – The Curse of Politics

Risk does not always fit on an x-y axis. Risk comes in many forms and it can be effectively managed only after being analyzed comprehensively. This article looks at some of the political risks that governments face as they manage the current banking crisis. What should be done and what can be done are [...]