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  • Blog Post: Computer Crackers are Evil

    Recently a friend of mine, Vicki Davis, received a pre-publication copy of the new book by Kevin Mitnick the famous cracker. Vicki wrote here review of the book at Ghost in the Wires: Kevin Mitnick's memoir . She found the book disturbing.  BTW I refuse to call him a hacker because that is in many...
  • Blog Post: Resources for Teaching Security

    I’ve been at SIGCSE this week and trying to soak up as much new things as I can. Today I ran into a couple of resources for teaching security in different ways. I’m still looking at them but at first look they appear to be potentially very useful. Elevation of Privilege (EoP) Card Game   Elevation...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 22 February 2010

    I blogged a lot of opinion pieces last week. I’ll try to have more information this week. But at the very least I have a few good links to share today. One of the best may be Teaching Kids Programming – Teaching Girls to code in Danish which is a trip report by Lynn Langit who recently took her 2 day...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links December 21 2009

    This will probably be my last interesting links post for the year. I’m taking some vacation time and hope to take a break even from the Internet. Hopefully you all will  be getting some rest and recharge time as you prepare for the new year as well. I’ve got a few posts up and in the queue so if...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links August 18 2009

    I hope I’m not the only one who sometimes pre-judges a link based on how sent it to them. I know better but still when I first viewed this link to a video about ordering pizza in the future I thought to myself “This is a polemic against Obama, the Democrats and the liberal “nanny state.” because is came...
  • Blog Post: Recent Links of Interest June 29th 2009

    The Visual Basic team has a new site called “ I'm a VB ” that they are having some fun with. You’ll find a bunch of interviews with Visual Basic developers – both those who develop the product and those who develop products using Visual Basic. My friend Andrew Parsons aka @ MrAndyPuppy pointed me to...
  • Blog Post: Useful Links Twittered June 1 2009

    I’m finding that posting these lists of links has become pretty useful to me. I find myself happy that I have an easy place to search for some of these things. Microsoft announced a new search engine web site called Bing . Channel 9 has a demo of Bing . Interested in getting certified? Get Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Exceptions, Data Validation and Political Correctness

    When I first heard the term “exception handling” as a replacement for “error handling” I was not impressed. At first glance it seemed like political correctness gone wild and brought into computer science. I’d been calling it error handling for a long long time and it worked for me . Why change the term...
  • Blog Post: Hiding Files in Plain Sight

    Earlier in the week Vicki Davis posted a list of interesting sites on her blog that included one titled “ How to hide files in JPEG pictures .” It’s an interesting little scheme that basically involved hiding one file (a compressed ZIP or RAR file) at the end of a JPEG file. This is not encryption by...
  • Blog Post: Data Privacy Day 2009

    January 28th, 2009 is the second annual Data Privacy Day. Intel has a great information page about this day and includes this explanation: Designed to raise awareness and generate discussion about data privacy practices and rights, Data Privacy Day activities in the United States have included privacy...
  • Blog Post: CWE/SANS TOP 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors

    It’s rare when you can get a bunch of software people to agree on much of any thing. Just think of all the programming language wars going on and the debates over what browser or operating systems to use. So when I hear that a bunch of experts have agreed on the most dangerous programming errors that...
  • Blog Post: Free EBooks From Microsoft Learning

    I was checking the Microsoft Learning blog the other day and saw this announcement of some free eBooks as Microsoft Press continues its 25th Anniversary eBook giveaway. The books below are only available until December 24th so grab them now if they look interesting. I’ve grabbed a copy of Writing Secure...
  • Blog Post: Teachers, Trust, Teaching and Filters

    So long time readers know that I am not a fan of filtering of the Internet in schools. My wife is a librarian who enthusiastically marks Banned Books Week every year for the chance to discuss censorship with her students so its a family thing I guess. We’ve both long embraced using student visits to...
  • Blog Post: Talking about Defense in Depth

    Last week I was down at Pace University in New York City where I gave the opening keynote talk for a high school computer forensics competition. I had a very attentive audience for my talk but I also I really enjoyed seeing/hearing the presentations the students did for the competition. There was clearly...
  • Blog Post: Is It Ever Too Early To Teach Security?

    About 25 years ago, back in the mini-computer era, I was a developer in an operating system group. My team was working on a brand new print and batch spooling system. We were creating a system with a lot more power and flexibility than the previous system. Plus we were working with an operating system...
  • Blog Post: Secure The World

    I just found a new web site that collects a lot of existing security information and adds some new stuff in a pretty interesting and dare I say fun format. The HelloSecureWorld web site is new and " brings non traditional ways to provide security awareness and education among the developer community...
  • Blog Post: Top Posts From October

    Well October was an interesting month. In some cases I was pretty good at predicting which posts would get the most interest and in others I was pretty far off. I did think that the free download book on creating websites that sell would be popular but I had no idea how popular. ( My write up here...
  • Blog Post: Security V. Ease of Use

    I've run into lots of security talk lately. I visited a school last week where the programming teacher is having some issues because the IT department wanted him to try letting them manage the lab's new computers. Sort of "let's see if it makes things as difficult for [the teacher]" or if it is really...
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