Monthly Archives: June 2013

ContraRisk Security Podcast 0015: Prism and the cost of surveillance

» Listen or download now on the podcasts page » In all the debate raging around the NSA’s phone and Internet interception programme, PRISM, little seems to have been said about how it works – and particularly, how well it works. If you’re a conspiracy theorist or natural paranoid, it’s easy to imagine that PRISM flawlessly and effortlessly plucks suspicious messages from… Read more »

ContraRisk Security Podcast 0014: The continuous security model

» Listen or download now on the podcasts page » In many organisations, security is in a bit of a mess. Solutions have been layered on to counter a variety of threats against a variety of assets. But the result is a configuration management and upgrade nightmare. In spite of vendors’ claims, there’s no silver bullet to security, and maybe you need… Read more »

ContraRisk Security Podcast 0013: Proactive security and the benefits of a strong identity

» Listen or download now on the podcast page » According to a survey by Bit9, administrators are less confident than ever about their ability to secure their servers. Why is this? Michael Bilancieri, director of project management at Bit9, talks to us about the disappearance of the traditional perimeter and how this is making administrators nervous. There is a greater… Read more »

PRISM and Obama’s lie

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In the maelstrom of accusations, opinions and spin whirling around the PRISM revelations, there’s one statement that stands out as particularly chilling. US President Barack Obama said: You can’t have 100% security and also have 100% privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a government. Implicit in that statement is a breathtaking lie. You… Read more »

So where will we be with security in the Year 2020?

I was fortunate enough to be asked to make a presentation last week on where I think IT security will be at the end of the decade – and, whilst I was tempted to make my own predictions, I realised it was far better to let the captains of industry I have interviewed/observed in recent months make their own predictions…. Read more »

Toggle Mobile: free and ultra-low cost cellular roaming services

Every so often a product or service comes along that offers a number of serious advantages, and the latest in that long line – for me, and anyone that travels outside of the UK on a regular basis – is Toggle Mobile. If you’ve ever used your mobile phone outside of the UK, you may have encountered the resultant `bill… Read more »