What If This Is the Most Important Thing the Government Can Do to Enhance Our
In December 1998 when transitioning into a job doing intelligence support to
DoD computer network defense, one of my mentors reminded me of a Reagan-era
publication that helped the public better understand the Soviet threat
called "Soviet Military Power." This document was based on the
intelligence. It provided the best possible understanding of Soviet military
hardware and operational concepts but was produced at an unclassified level
so it could be broadly disseminated. My mentor was making the point to me
that in my new role leading intelligence support to operational cyber defense
I should champion something analogous in the cyber security domain.
I believe my mentor was right and advocate this idea whenever possible.
Consider this theory: if more people are really awa... (more)
This post is the second in a series based on a discussion with Marc
Andreessen. The first was on: AI, Robotics, Jobs and Accelerating The Future
Gourley: Can you provide more context on what kind of education and training?
Andreessen: It is fair to say I am biased on that subject but my view is that
the quantitative skills will be in greater demand: Math, Economics, Science,
Engineering, and Computer Science. The requirements for these are rising at
much higher rates so their premium is rising. All of us should seek to
self-educate on these when we can and this is what we should en... (more)
#AppleVsFBI – #FBIVsApple – The Basics, Explained, with Links to Original
This post provides an update on the ongoing battle between Apple and the
U.S. government regarding Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone, recovered by police
after the horrific massacre in San Bernadino on December 2, 2015.
It is just days before the March 22, 2016, hearing in this long-running,
highly publicized dispute between the FBI and Apple, with the FBI’s demands
of Apple being variously termed “jailbreak,” put a backdoor into, brute
force access, compromise security of, or any number of other descr... (more)
Going 100% SaaS: Deploying and Operating
By Yuvi Kochar
This is the second post in this series. For the first see: Going 100% SaaS.
As I mentioned before, SaaS is not just a software product, but also a
service. In addition, due to the fact that the product is constantly enhanced
and upgraded, it requires more active management than a traditional COTS
I have found that SaaS implementations are most successful when the business
function and IT teams work together to select, deploy and operate SaaS
products. In many organizations, SaaS products are identified and selected b... (more)
Want to Learn About the Coming Internet of Things? Read About the Victorian
In the late 1990's Tom Standage released the first edition of a book that
would sweep across the tech community because of its incredible analogies to
the rise of the Internet hitting the world at that time. The "Victorian
Internet", first released in 1998, was updated and re-released again in 2013.
It provided a well-written history and meaningful assessment of the rise of
the Telegraph, and made very interesting observations about how the
remarkable impact of the Telegraph could help us all th... (more)