June 17, 2013    /    by

Free BYOD Webinar: Keeping Your Data Safe in a Mobile World

There is a free webinar coming up on the topic of BYOD. The online event will be on Tuesday, June 18, at 2 PM (EST).

There is a free webinar coming up on the topic of BYOD, which is being offered by Government Technology Magazine and the Center for Digital Government (CDG). The session is entitled: Keeping Your Data Safe in a Mobile World.

I will be one of several government presenters from around the country.  Lucien Canton, who is a senior fellow for the Center for Digital Government, will be moderating the session. READ MORE

June 16, 2013    /    by

Edward Snowden is No Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Do the ends justify the means in the case of Edward Snowden disclosing classified NSA secrets to the world? I think not.

Do the ends justify the means in the case of Edward Snowden disclosing classified NSA secrets to the world via the UK’s Guardian newspaper? I think not.

Over the past week, worldwide media offered numerous stories covering various aspects of the NSA Prism program, along with differing views regarding how the Top Secret program became public knowledge. There were details about “bigger, bolder data seizures” as well as how a banned USB thumb drive was used to get the information off of classified computer systems by Edward Snowden.  READ MORE

June 9, 2013    /    by

How to decipher NSA data mining: Examine capabilities and intentions

The news media this week was full of articles describing the U.S. government's role in gathering, mining and analyzing big data from nine leading U.S. Internet companies in order to stop terrorism. Where is this capability going?

The news media this week was full of articles describing the U.S. Government’s role in gathering, mining and analyzing big data from nine leading U.S. Internet companies in order to stop terrorism.

The reaction from most of my friends and family has been one of shock, confusion and almost disbelief. One colleague commented, “The whole story seems almost Orwellian.” Several relatives contacted me to get my viewpoint, since I am a former NSA employee.  READ MORE

June 3, 2013    /    by

States' top cyber challenge remains spear phishing

Yes, spear phishing is hot all over the USA - very hot. In fact, this threat may be #1 on the list.

Last fall, one Huffington Post headline read: “White House Hacked In Cyber Attack That Used Spear-Phishing To Crack Unclassified Network.”

 Earlier this year, the Federal Times led with the article: Feds’ chief cyberthreat: spear phishing attacks. They described it this way: “The weapon of choice for most cyber hackers is a malicious email disguised as a friendly email.” READ MORE

May 27, 2013    /    by

Cyberwear Privacy: How Will Google Glasses and Wearable Technology Transform Society?

For those who worry that individual privacy rights and personal freedoms are already being eroded by the Internet and new technology hold on to your virtual safety belts. Many experts are predicting almost everything will be recorded in public in the near future with wearable tech, whether you like it or not.

For those who worry that individual privacy rights and personal freedoms are already being eroded by the Internet and new technology – hold on to your virtual safety belts. Many experts are predicting almost everything will be recorded in public in the near future with wearable tech, whether you like it or not.

Coming soon – wearable computers (with cameras) that could be as common as Facebook accounts.   READ MORE

May 21, 2013    /    by

The Best Career Advice I Ever Received

For some reason, there seems to be an abundance of career advice floating around social media web pages right now. What are some of these good career tips, and what is the best career advice I ever received?

 For some reason, there seems to be an abundance of career advice floating around social media web pages right now. I’m not sure why, but perhaps it is because college seniors are looking for their first “real professional” job. Or, perhaps the job market is heating up and more people are interviewing or looking for a new role. Or, maybe there are millions of people just looking for some practical advice or words of
wisdom.

 Regardless of the reason, the google search “career advice” now yields over 436 million page results that are full of tips,  tricks, dos and don’ts for getting ahead or making progress or having a vision for the future. READ MORE

May 11, 2013    /    by

Hackers and Mother's Day: Honoring Hacker-Moms

What do hackers and Mother's Day have in common? According to the wealth of cyberspace knowledge that is defined by Wikipedia, a hacker can mean many things...

According to the wealth of cyberspace knowledge that is defined by Wikipedia, a “hacker” can mean many things:

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May 4, 2013    /    by

OpUSA: A Promise of Cyber Events to Come?

What will actually happen in (or to) cyberspace on May 7, 2013? Is this the new normal in cyber threats?

What will actually happen in (or to) cyberspace on May 7, 2013?

That is the question that many are asking as they prepare for a promised attack from the hacktivist groups this coming week. According to an announcement in an April 24 Pastebin threat to US and Israeli Governments, “We gonna launch a big attack against The USA Network and we gonna make some Damages.” READ MORE

April 27, 2013    /    by

Fake Tweet? Dealing with the AP Twitter feed hack

There has been a lot of discussion over the past week about Twitter and the power of social media following the breach of the Associated Press (AP) Twitter feed last Tuesday. Bottom line, each of us still needs to decide: Can I trust that tweet?

There has been a lot of discussion over the past week about Twitter and the power of social media following the breach of the Associated Press (AP) Twitter feed last Tuesday.

After the verified AP Twitter feed was hacked, a message was sent out that read, “Breaking: Two explosions in the White House and Barrack Obama is injured.”   READ MORE

April 21, 2013    /    by

After Boston: Relief, Thanks, Questions and Early Lessons

After the unprecedented events of that took place in and around Boston last week, where are we now and where are we going?

After the unprecedented events that took place in and around Boston last week, where are we now and where are we going?

As an American living in Michigan who closely watched the events unfolding from Monday through Saturday, my thoughts and emotions are mixed. READ MORE