Five [Prying] Eyes – Western Democracies Want Weaker Encryption

The government thinks your emails are too secure. And your text messages. Oh, and your messaging apps. In fact, anything that relies on cryptography. Your messages are too secure in transit. And they are too secure when stored. They are too secure on your computers, your phone, in the cloud, in the control of third…

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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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