Richard Stiennon

Chief Research Analyst

IT-Harvest


Payment Card Manufacturer Datacard Group to Acquire Digital Certificate Pioneer Entrust

Posted on: 17 Dec 2013

Datacard Group today announced that they are acquiring Entrust a digital certificate and identity services provider. Financial details were withheld by both private entities, the companies said in a release. Entrust will be a separate business unit led by its former CFO, David Wagner, while Entrust’s CEO, Bill Conner, will stay on in an advisory role for up…

“I am Not Satoshi” – Security Researcher Debunks Rumors that He is the Elusive Inventor of Bitcoin

Posted on: 26 Nov 2013

(Updates with the reported retraction from the two researchers regarding a link between Bitcoin and the Silk Road marketplace.) Recent speculation that Dustin Trammel is the mysterious inventor of Bitcoin and somehow connected to the Silk Road marketplace drove this Texas-based security researcher to post a denial to his website. Bitcoins are the first form of…

Boom Times for Cloud Security

Posted on: 18 Nov 2013

Amazon announced several initiatives at its AWS re:Invent conference that are destined to disrupt several markets Held last week in Las Vegas, the Amazon Web Services’ conference hosted more than 10,000 attendees. One such program is Amazon WorkSpaces, an Amazon provided virtual desktop (VDI) product, which will be available for a low monthly fee, starting,…

The Devil Inside the Beltway: Not for the Faint of Heart

Posted on: 13 Nov 2013

The Devil Inside the Beltway is a chilling memoir that documents the shambles made of Michael Daugherty’s life by apparent regulatory overreach on the part of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that is still underway. Reading Daugherty’s book is extremely painful for those who know Michael and that number is growing because to read his…

Trustwave Acquires Application Security Inc.

Posted on: 11 Nov 2013

Trustwave announced on Monday that it had acquired data security provider Application Security Inc., for an undisclosed sum as Trustwave continues its strategy of acquiring security technology vendors to spur its growth. Eleven-year-old Application Security evolved from web scanning and column encryption of databases to a complete database protection company. Competitors include California-based Imperva and Israel-based GreenSQL.…

I was Duped by Dilbert

Posted on: 06 Nov 2013

I was Duped By Dilbert. Or, more accurately, Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, and the author of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, duped me. In this latest book from geek hero Adams, all of his failures are laid bare. I admit I am a big fan. I keep…

A Week of Rage Against the NSA

Posted on: 03 Nov 2013

If you are like me you completely discount official protests as posturing. In this age of suspicion of all politicians there is not much to be read into the President of Brazil, angry about spying,  canceling a state visit to the United States, or the governments of  Germany, Spain and France summoning their respective US Ambassadors. What I look for are reactions…

Two Secure Email Systems Shut Down in the Wake of Snowden Affair Announce Formation of Dark Mail Alliance

Posted on: 31 Oct 2013

Two secure email services, Lavabit and Silent Circle, on Wednesday announced the formation of the Dark Mail Alliance. The announcement at the Inbox Love email conference in Mountain View, California, follows the shuttering of the services in August. At that time Lavabit founder Ladar Levison said he was forced to close after pressure was exerted to hand over…

FirstNet Board Chooses Virginia for HQ, Boulder for Technical Center

Posted on: 29 Oct 2013

Speaking at the Michigan Cybersecurity Summit on October 25, Thomas MacLellan, Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, called FirstNet  the “largest network deployment in US history.” FirstNet was established by The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 as the First Responder Network…

Floundering Frameworks: NIST as a Case in Point

Posted on: 24 Oct 2013

Thanks to a directive from President Barak Obama, NIST has released its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework for critical infrastructure. Like most security frameworks it is fatally flawed. The framework is poisoned with Risk Management thinking, a nebulous concept borrowed from the world of finance and actuarial tables that simply does not work for cyber security. The…