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Parler Talk – Free Speech, Social Media and Section 230

Both conservatives and liberals are convinced that “mainstream” social media “censors” their views and opinions. Liberals point out that so-called conspiracy theories like those peddled by Q-Anon, white supremacist and white nationalist organizations get traction from social media and are amplified by their algorithms, and that as a result, more conservative viewpoints are expressed online…

Healthcare Ransomware Readiness – What You Need to Do Today, Tomorrow and the Day After

On October 28, 2020, officials from the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security assembled a conference call with healthcare industry executives warning them about an “imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers.” The agencies on the conference call, which included the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), warned participants…

Blind Mac’s Bluff

There’s currently a controversy around some Hunter Biden emails found on a laptop that he apparently flew from his home in Los Angeles and dropped off with a blind Mac repairman in Wilmington Delaware over a year ago and never picked up. Actually, several controversies — including whether social media like Twitter and Facebook should permit the…

Cat Videos and National Security

Unless someone blinks, this coming Sunday September 20, Chinese company ByteDance’s TikTok dies. The President’s executive order, which prohibits any “transactions” with ByteDance thereafter has now been clarified to note that “transactions” include both the transfer of data to and from TikTok, as well as the hosting or downloading of the applications that make TikTok work. As…

Words of Wisdom From Renowned Industry Analysts

If you read my books Secure Cloud Transformation and Security Yearbooks 2020 you probably noticed that I am exploring a new path in my writing journey. I am asking experts to contribute. Both books include interviews I conducted with industry leaders. In Secure Cloud Transformation it was CISOs, CIOs, and Chief Digital Officers of some of the largest organizations…