Thursday, July 16, 2009

Podcast: Crypto-Gram 15 February 2009:

Podfrom the Feb 15, 2009 Crypto-Gram Newsletter
by Bruce Schneier

* Helping the Terrorists

By its very nature, communications infrastructure is general. It can be used to plan both legal and illegal activities, and it's generally impossible to tell which is which. Any attempt to ban or limit infrastructure affects everybody. Criminals have used telephones and mobile phones since they were invented. Drug smugglers use airplanes and boats, radios and satellite phones. Bank robbers have long used cars and motorcycles as getaway vehicles, and horses before then.

Society survives all of this because the good uses of infrastructure far outweigh the bad uses. While terrorism turns society's very infrastructure against itself, we only harm ourselves by dismantling that infrastructure in response - just as we would if we banned cars because bank robbers used them too.

* Data Breach

To assess an organization's network security, you need to actually analyze it. You can't get a lot of information from the list of attacks that were successful enough to steal data but not successful enough to cover their tracks, and which the company's attorneys couldn't figure out a reason not to disclose to the public.

* The Exclusionary Rule and Security

Exclusionary rule : If the police search your home without a warrant and find drugs, they can't arrest you for possession. The exclusionary rule serves to deter deliberate, reckless, or grossly negligent conduct, or in some circumstances recurring or systemic negligence.

Government databases are filled with errors. People often can't see data about themselves, and have no way to correct the errors if they do learn of any. And more and more databases are trying to exempt themselves from the Privacy Act of 1974, and specifically the provisions that require data accuracy.

Increasingly, data accuracy is vital to our personal safety and security. And if errors made by police databases aren't held to the same legal standard as errors made by policemen, then more and more innocent Americans will find themselves the victims of incorrect data.

* BitArmor's No-Breach Guarantee

fine print: "If your company has to publicly report a breach while your data is protected by BitArmor, we'll refund the purchase price of your software. It's that simple. No gimmicks, no hassles."

And: "BitArmor cannot be held accountable for data breaches, publicly or otherwise."

length: 14:22m
PS: this is my cheat sheet of Bruce Schneier's Podcast:

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