Mark Rasch

Cyber Law Editor

Security Current


In the Year 2525 – HoloLens, Google Glass and the Future of Privacy

Posted on: 23 Jan 2015

In privacy and security circles, we typically think about threats and trends in the order of months or even years.  We tend to forget that we are still very much in the nascent stages of the use of information technology, and that the decisions we make today – or fail to make today – can…

NY State of Mind — Attorney General Proposes New Cybersecurity Rules

Posted on: 16 Jan 2015

Seems like everyone is getting into the cybersecurity act.  Happy Cybersecurity week. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that he is proposing legislation that will require “unprecedented safeguards” for a wide variety of personal data, and make New York laws the strongest in the nation.  Take that, Massachusetts and California! The proposed law would…

Inside the Sausage Factory – The President’s Cybersecurity Legal Proposals

Posted on: 15 Jan 2015

American Poet John Godfrey Saxe is quoted as saying, “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” Well, it’s sausage-making time here in the Nation’s Capital, and it isn’t pretty.  Especially for cybersecurity. That’s because, in their haste and desire to “do something” lawmakers often pass laws…

It’s Cybersecurity Week — Obama Announces Cybersecurity Initiatives

Posted on: 13 Jan 2015

In the wake of the most recent attack on [insert name of entity] the White House has announced a new initiative to finally tackle the problem of cybersecurity.  It’s a wake up call. It’s like déjà vu all over again.  Or more like Charlie Brown and Lucy.  The problem isn’t a lack of intention.  It’s…

Stingray Bites

Posted on: 06 Jan 2015

The FBI wants the ability to know the position of every man, woman and child in America without a warrant, without a court order, and without any reason or justification. Well, not every man, woman, and child.  Only those with a cell phone or Internet connected devices.  Oh, and they also want to know what…

Boardroom Lessons Learned From Sony Hack

Posted on: 05 Jan 2015

In the wake of the massive attack on the systems and information at Sony last year, many smart senior executives, C-suite occupants, and Boards of Directors are asking what THEY should do in the coming years as a result of the attacks. The lessons learned run the gamut from “I told you so” to “there but…

National (In)Security

Posted on: 03 Jan 2015

President Obama and Ambassador Susan Rice have both pontificated that the attacks on Sony Corporation Entertainment (SCE) represent a threat to the national security of the United States. Really? More than the hacks on Home Depot, Target, JP Morgan Chase, and the PlayStation and Xbox networks?  How do we decide which hacks are “national” security and…

The Problem With North Korean Sanctions

Posted on: 02 Jan 2015

On January 2, 2015 President Barak Obama first imposed sanctions on North Korea for their alleged participation in the attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment — that is, if they did it.  This is advertised as the first salvo in what the President promises will be a “proportional” response. These unilateral sanctions have a number of…

Footlong Subs and 16 Gb iPhones

Posted on: 02 Jan 2015

Imagine buying a 1,200 square foot apartment.  There’s a kitchen, 2 lovely bathrooms, two bedrooms with closets, a living room, a family room, and even a small den. But after you buy the apartment, you whip out a tape measure, and after a few calculations, you find that there are only 980 square feet of…

Tis the Season for Christmas Refunds — Many Happy Returns, Or So You Think

Posted on: 29 Dec 2014

So the Christmas shopping season has ended. Now comes the time for many happy returns. Or refunds. But if you made a purchase from Amazon this may be much more difficult than you think. That is, if you think you made a purchase from Amazon. I recently was window-shopping at the Amazon webpage for a…