Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Intranet security is far worse than people think

They have laws for people that break into and steal the data. But where are the laws that tell the business they "have to" protect our data by using encryption, limiting those working for them the access to our data, and punishing those that blatantly don't use, or care about how they store our information?

It is just a matter of time now that a company will go belly up because they had no remorse for the data they stored, and someone was able to get to our information they stored in their database with little or no effort on their part.

Should we wait and see if this happens? NO! This will happen. For now the larger companies with major cash flows were hit, and customers info was stolen. Some they lost data because of a con artist was able to pay for it, by a willing employee within the company. Others it was a security breech within the company's database that allowed someone to steal thousands of the customers personal records.

It's a blatant attitude of a company that uses an attitude of "I don't care" I do just what I have too, and no more. This type company will be hit in probably less than three years. Plus it will go belly up because of it. There are plenty of these type company’s out there. They don't care because there are no laws in place to say they have to use every means to protect the database that stores our personal records. So they don't protect it.

There are plenty of security methods available to protect a database. So explain to me why they are not using them? Could they be that damn lazy? I have to say yes. I have heard horror stories from many people talking about how their employer doesn't care. He only wants to get to the information with the least amount of headaches.

So the consumer has to deal with the business that wants to operate with the least amount of headaches. Mean while our lively hoods are at stake. It looks as though the Government will wait again for "it" to happen. What ever happen to plan ahead? If our personal information is so important to the Government, then why wait for this to happen?

Was it bend over? or Open mouth insert foot?

Then read this:  Mozilla hits back  I was asked by someone to write a blog about this.  They was interested in what I had to say. So here it goes folks.
I don't believe that Symantec's head of threat intelligence EMEA  Graham Pinkney did his homework at all.  If your going to be top dog on any job, at least make sure that the reports you release to the public reflect that you have a head on your shoulders, you have done your homework, and are professional at all times.  
It was very clear that he didn't have the whole story on the subject of security risk for browsers.  His story makes me think he had a even more alternative motive behind the warning. 
I don't mean to cast doubt on any person that has a very critical job to do each day. So what could of gone wrong?  Maybe he made two reports, and grabbed the wrong one?  Maybe his fingers were itching, and he had to use the keyboard  ... I mean he had to type something right?  Perhaps he was sick the day the report was written up, and accidentally gave it to a intern, instead of his secretary?   Maybe he is biased after all, and will say anything to give Bill Gates a helping hand? last but not least...  Perhaps even Graham Pinkney thinks he has to put the scare into the public so they will keep purchasing the Symantec products?
All of these are just maybes.  But I maybe think he jumped the gun, and now he looks like a total idiot. He might of thought it was a good report, but now the news, and the public are having a field day kicking his butt.  
BTW I want to commend the fine man  Tristan Nitot, president of Mozilla in Europe.  It's nice to know we still have one president in this world with a head on their shoulders.  Notice the man didn't bash too?  He just laid out the facts.  Thank you  Tristan Nitot! 

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Katrina survivors

It's been a week now since Katrina left her deadly path behind.  For some of those who survived the ordeal.  The flashbacks may have started because before they were rescued they only had one thing on their mind and that was "Survival". 
It is very important for all the family's to know that even though your children may look picture perfect.  They may not be.  Yes children have a resilience that all adults wish they had.  A bounce back affect, and a means to conform to their surroundings.  But because of what they went through.  Some wont talk about it.  Others, will be told not to talk about it.  They will be told to hush it's in the past now, so move on. 
It's important for all adults to know that your children were seeing the aftermath of hurricane Katrina from their eyes.  Not yours.  Their understanding of the aftermath will not reflect the same meanings, nor will they recall the devastation in the same light as you had.  They are children.  So they will recall things differently. 
Don't shun their recalling of the devastation.  Don't tell them to hush because it's over with now. 
It's not over with now.  Before they were in survival mode just like you was.  Now the feelings as well as the memories will come out.   Be there for them.  Don't tell them what they saw.  Let them tell you. Their recollection will be far different from yours. They have little eyes.  Their little eyes will forever have Katrina etched in their minds.  Even the smallest of the survivors have a story to tell.  They will be forever etched in the landscape as the survivors of katrina.  Just like you will be.  You will always have a story to tell, and so will your children.  Be a listener.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Please take the poll

You can pick a answer plus at the end of this survey you can also add your own comments under "other"   The other can be used incase none of the answers reflect what you aim to do.  This poll only takes a couple minutes.  One question several answers for you to choose from.  Pass it along if you like too. 

Was Hurrican Katrina a wake up call for you?