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

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…

Stingray Bites

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…

National (In)Security

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…

What If It Wasn’t North Korea?

We all know the headlines.  The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, under the personal direction of Supreme Leader (Dear Leader) Kim Jung-Un, launched a sophisticated and devastating attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), designed to prevent the release of its motion picture “The Interview” which depicted the assassination of the North Korean leader. This attack was…