Mark Rasch

Cyber Law Editor

Security Current


Brexit’s Potential Impact on Information Security

Posted on: 27 Jun 2016

One of the lessons of crisis management is that you don’t make predictions during a crisis.  Not to say that the recent UK vote to leave the EU (“Brexit”) is a crisis per se, but just that it is a period of uncertainty.  So what impact will Brexit have on data security, privacy, governance, and…

Virginia Court Kills Privacy

Posted on: 23 Jun 2016

A federal court in Virginia on June 23 may have put the final stake in the heart of constitutionally protected privacy rights online. The case itself was simple enough – in an effort to investigate the murky and disreputable “business” of sharing of child pornography on the Dark Web that is accessible mostly through TOR…

Inside(r) Job

Posted on: 18 Aug 2015

In 1981, R. Foster Winans was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, writing the “Heard it on the Street” column.  As a diligent reporter, he would find out information about companies, and then publish this information in the Journal. He wasn’t an “insider” of any company except the company that owned the Journal.  When…

Encryption as Protection? Maybe Not

Posted on: 13 Aug 2015

A recent espionage prosecution in West Palm Beach, Florida demonstrates that encryption may not be the panacea that organizations think it is.  So rather than relying on encryption alone, companies need to adopt and maintain strategies that continue to provide layered security. After every data breach, we hear the same mantra, “If only the data…

Stagefright and Security Fright

Posted on: 29 Jul 2015

A new vulnerability in the Android OS points out not only problems with hardware and software generally, but with our bug bounty and patch management system for mass-market consumer products – you know, exactly the kinds of products that most need a patch management program. The fact that the critical vulnerability was discovered and reported…

Needles in Haystacks — Federal Appeals Court rules NSA “Dragnet” Program Illegal

Posted on: 07 May 2015

On May 7, 2015 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York issued a major ruling on the legality of the NSA’s controversial program to gather information about tens of millions of telecom users in order to search for “relevant” records relating to terrorism, espionage and foreign relations. In the lawsuit ACLU v.…

It Ain’t Your Data

Posted on: 06 May 2015

Your bank records.  Your medical records.  Your bills.  Your phone records.  Your college grades.  What do all these things have in common?  None of them are YOURS. The United States Court of Appeals in Atlanta reinforced this concept when it allowed the government to get access to what is called “historical cell site data” without…

The IoT and The End of the Ownership Society

Posted on: 29 Apr 2015

When I was a kid, I owned a rather substantial record collection.  It included The Who, Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, and other groups popular in the late ’60’s early 70’s.  I owned books including my father’s Funk & Wagnall’s encyclopedias, and games including Risk and Strat-o-Matic.  Increasingly, these will be seen as remnants of a…

Dixie Announces Secure Communications Device

Posted on: 01 Apr 2015

Editor’s Note.  Please note that this article was published on the first day of the fourth month of the year.  Treat accordingly. With competition heating up for secure communications providers, including Hushmail, Wickr, SilentMail, Signal and others, the Dixie corporation announced its own foray into the crowded field. The Fort James Company, which owns the…

Privacy is Dead, San Mateo County Coroner Declares

Posted on: 31 Mar 2015

Editor’s Note.  Please note that this article was published on the first day of the fourth month of the year.  Treat accordingly. San Mateo California coroner Larry L. Ison ruled on Thursday that Privacy was officially dead.  Privacy, which had last been seen in public more than three years ago, had been under almost constant…