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…

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Conceal and Fail to Report – The Uber CSO Indictment

The InfoSec world has been atwitter over the indictment of former Uber CSO (and current Cloudflare CISO) Joe Sullivan on criminal charges related to the failure to report to the FTC a massive data breach involving millions of personal records stolen from the ride sharing service. The allegations in the complaint are that the Federal Trade Commission…

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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…

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Gotta Book – Supreme Court Rules that Generic Words Coupled With Domain Suffix May Have Trademark Protection

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court held  that the company Booking.com could hold a valid federal trademark in the name “Booking.com” even though the term “booking” is a generic term for making a reservation. The case recognizes that the addition of a domain suffix like .com can transform something generic into something descriptive. The case is…

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POST Haste – NYC Proposes Law to Require NYPD Disclose ALL Surveillance Techniques

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? In the wake of allegations that the Customs and Border Patrol was running surveillance drones over protest sites in Minnesota and other places, and that government agencies were collecting cell phone data about those who attended BLM protests, that law enforcement agencies are arresting people based on faulty facial recognition algorithm, or that police are…

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