Information Security

by Scott Barman

New Riders Publishing
ISBN 1-5787-0264-X

by Roberta Bragg
with contributions from
Scott Barman, Philip Fites, Wesley J. Noonan, and Benjamin Wright

Que Certification
ISBN 0-7897-2801-X

Why isn’t violating FISMA a crime?

The following is the text of a letter that was sent to Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Milkulski. A copy was also sent to Rep. Chris VanHollen: As I watched the reporting of the interaction between House Oversight and Reform Committee and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and OPM CIO Donna Seymour, I realized that no matter how many times government officials are scolded by members of congress, there will remain no consequences for the OPM’s issues.

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State of Information Security is a broken process

Over the last few years, the stories about retailers have been falling and being ignored like rain on a hot tin roof. There have been so many failures of security that the public is getting numb to yet another announcement.

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The more things change, the more they remain the same

Many years ago in a place far, far away was a computer science student who could command an IBM S/370 to do anything. He learned PL/I, the main language of the computer after learning FORTRAN IV, COBOL, and the assembly language. He even learned how to write JCL and CLISTs without a manual! This was the beast of a computer of its day.

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Target missed it by a wide margin

Target has to be the most cyber security blind company of those that have recently been hacked. In a move that can only be written in pulp mysteries, Target hired Jacqueline Hourigan Rice to be chief risk and compliance officer. Prior to being hired by Target…

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