Joel Rosenblatt

Director of Computer and Network Security

Columbia University

Why I Hate Phishing

Posted on: 25 Apr 2014

Thursday, April 18 started out as a normal day (except for all of the Heartbleed hubbub), that was, until we realized that the University had been hit with about 32K…

Securing the Enterprise: Crazy Ideas from the Ivory Tower

Posted on: 20 Mar 2014

Doing security at a university is both interesting and scary.  Because you have to provide both an open environment for research and instruction, and enterprise level security for the business…

You Can’t Stop Stupid: Security in the Academic World

Posted on: 04 Mar 2014

One would think that working in a very prestigious university would simplify the job of the security department.  All you would have to do is tell people what was required…

Smile, You’re On Candid Camera: The Lack of Privacy in Today’s World

Posted on: 12 Dec 2013

I think that there is some confusion about the concept of privacy in a public setting.  It appears to me that some people really believe that they can walk around,…

Have Data Will Travel

Posted on: 07 Dec 2013

I was recently invited to speak to senior executives about traveling with electronic devices.  I designed a presentation consisting of 11 slides and guessed it would take about half and…

Security Models – One Size Does Not Fit All

Posted on: 05 Dec 2013

Security is a word that brings up many different images depending on your experience, profession or industry.  At a University, not only is the context different than at a bank,…

Security, from the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Posted on: 22 Oct 2013

We just came back from a two-week vacation in Europe; the last 3 days were spent in Florence, Italy. I say this not to make you jealous, but because the…