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Content posted in May 2012
State-Sponsored Backdoor Or Programming Faux Pas?
Commentary  |  5/31/2012  | 
Backdoor in Android-based handsets sponsor, bad programming, or a #win for Apple's stringent application QA process?
SSD Tiering: Why Caching Won't Die
Commentary  |  5/29/2012  | 
Solid state storage is fast, but speed alone doesn't solve data management challenges.
Fatalism, Realism -- Or The New Normal
Commentary  |  5/25/2012  | 
The 'new' reality that you can't stop a determined attacker and you've likely already been hacked has become an accepted mantra
Don't Be The Nerdiest Person In The Room
Commentary  |  5/24/2012  | 
Technical language has its place, but overuse hampers compliance
Microsoft Bloatware Cleaning Offer Treats You Like Dirt
Commentary  |  5/23/2012  | 
For just $99, Microsoft will eliminate the junk added to its Windows 7 PCs by OEM manufacturers. Steve Jobs would have enjoyed this development.
Overlook The Obvious And Risk Everything
Commentary  |  5/21/2012  | 
Failure to follow fundamental common-sense security policies can produce disastrous results, as the state of Utah discovered
Manage Risk As A Strategy, Comply With Regulations As A Tactic
Commentary  |  5/17/2012  | 
Compliance alone should never be the only goal
Time To Deploy The FUD Weapon?
Commentary  |  5/16/2012  | 
When suffering from compliance fatigue, you may have only one option to getting the funding you need to do your job
Dark Reading Launches New Tech Center On Threat Intelligence
Commentary  |  5/14/2012  | 
Subsite of Dark Reading will look at collection and analysis of data on emerging threats
Screw Compliance, We're Trying to Survive
Commentary  |  5/8/2012  | 
In tough times, compliance efforts may seem optional
Analyzing Android, iOS Apps For Weak Data Protection, Cleartext Passwords
Commentary  |  5/4/2012  | 
Analysis reveals mobile apps designed to protect files and passwords do a poor job, often storing them in plain text and use weak obfuscation techniques.
Has Anonymous Ruined Online Anonymity?
Commentary  |  5/4/2012  | 
Anonymous, the hacktivist collective, has given anonymity a bad name. Yes, anonymous online services may be used to send bomb threats or abusive messages, but anonymity also does some good online.
Effective Security Policy: Emphasis On Execution
Commentary  |  5/2/2012  | 
When it comes to mounting a successful defense in what is a fast-changing threat environment, best practices require consistent execution
What Works For One Does Not Work For Two
Commentary  |  5/1/2012  | 
To remain compliant, your approach must grow in scale with your business
Google Wardriving: How Engineering Trumped Privacy
Commentary  |  5/1/2012  | 
Blame the Street View data collection practices on a "more is more" engineering mindset. And rethink your notions about privacy for unencrypted Wi-Fi data.


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