Is there anything more annoying than infrastructure that turns on you?
For years we've been warned about the specter of hacker-induced nuclear power plant meltdowns, breached electric-grid control systems or Samsung TVs that let hackers watch you. We've even heard we could lose our data to juicejacking, when all we want is an emergency phone charge.
IT security firms have been asked to put themselves up for membership of a special-purpose panel to provide security services across all of government.
The move is partly in response to a number of recent incidents involving privacy and security breaches at government agencies, commissioning agency the Department of Internal Affairs says. It sees the panel arrangement as a way of ensuring more consistency in security “skills and techniques” provided to agencies.
Passwords are a constant headache, a headache that will one day grow so bad that—if infomercials can be believed—your grandmother will pound a table in frustration. How to manage them? Early this year, one of the largest as-seen-on-TV companies produced its innovative answer: the Password Minder.
Despite the grandiose name, the Password Minder is a blank notebook. It has a black cover. You write all your passwords in it. It costs $10 (plus shipping and handling).
Major password breaches are so common they’re becoming like storms and traffic jams: One day you hear about tens of thousands of Twitter users compromised or several million at LinkedIn, the next it might be upwards of 50 million at Evernote or LivingSocial.
But despite their fallibility, passwords won’t be replaced any time soon. Two-factor authentication technologies using our mobile devices and even biometrics can help keep us secure, but so far none are foolproof, and precious few are even convenient.
The security community is one that thrives on controversy, drama and debate. For years–decades, really–no topic satisfied this desire like vulnerability disclosure. Long after every possible argument had been forwarded and the horse was not just dead but buried and the grave covered by a strip mall, the debate has limped along, like Happy Days post-shark jump. Now comes the flood of bilious opinions regarding the commercial exploit market, a discussion that feels even more pointless than the disclosure debate because there’s absolutely nothing to debate.