David Laceys IT Security Blog

December 2006

  • Security Forecasts for 2007

    David Lacey 29 Dec 2006
  • It’s getting to that time of the Season when many of us look ahead to a New Year with mixed emotions of hope, fear, uncertainty or just plain boredom. What will 2007 bring? Will it be more of same? ...

  • People, Process or Technology - Which hits the spot?

    David Lacey 27 Dec 2006
  • Last week I gave a presentation on the subject of “Managing the Human Dimension” to Iain Sutherland’s excellent Independent Information Security Group. It got me thinking about the balance between ...

  • Security Achieves a New Level of Maturity

    David Lacey 23 Dec 2006
  • Looking back over 2006 I have to say that although it’s been largely more-of-the-same for many IT Security practitioners, there's undoubtedly been a significant shift in the perception of other ...

  • ID Cards and the Perils of Identity Management

    David Lacey 22 Dec 2006
  • So the Home Office has decided to scale back its controversial plans for National ID Card Programme. Instead of a single, clean database generated from scratch, it will now build on three existing ...

  • A Worrying Trend in Malware

    David Lacey 20 Dec 2006
  • Techworld reports a disturbing trend in the sophistication of malware. The problem is that it's declining. Alexander Gostev, Head of Kaspersky Lab, points out that higher volumes of low-quality ...

  • Truth, Lies and Perception

    David Lacey 19 Dec 2006
  • The highlight of yesterday’s 17th Hewlett-Packard Colloquium at Royal Holloway University of London was an excellent talk by Ian Curry, CISO of Reuters, which gave a fascinating insight into what ...

  • The Strengths and Weaknesses of Data Mining

    David Lacey 17 Dec 2006
  • Bruce Schneier’s blog drew my attention to a recent report on the limits of predictive data mining for counterterrorism, published by the Cato Institute, a libertarian public policy research ...

  • Digital Rights Management – Must Try Harder

    David Lacey 15 Dec 2006
  • So Bill Gates has also discovered that Digital Rights Management “is not where it should be” according to reports from a group of influential bloggers he invited to Redmond. ”We don't have the ...

  • Identity Management in a Virtual World

    David Lacey 14 Dec 2006
  • I was highly impressed with the company and the discussion at a CIO dinner in London last night. A main topic of conversation was Second Life, the new virtual reality world that seems to have ...

  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming – Snake Oil or Powerful Management Tool?

    David Lacey 13 Dec 2006
  • For some years I’ve been observing the quiet infiltration of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) into many respectable professions. I’m not an expert on NLP but it seems to me to be a rather bizarre ...

  • Managing Security Perception

    David Lacey 12 Dec 2006
  • The need to manage perception seems to be a hot topic these days. Stuart King’s blog posting earlier this month got me thinking about the importance of personal perception. But managing perception ...

  • It's time to sort out our Information Management

    David Lacey 11 Dec 2006
  • I’ve been pointing out for some time that professional Information Management has largely collapsed in most organizations. It’s to be expected of course, following the radical changes in ...

  • Dirty tricks in the Name of Security

    David Lacey 10 Dec 2006
  • Last week’s $14.5 million settlement payment by Hewlett-Packard to California’s top prosecutor may have diffused a crisis. But it leaves many question marks about the ethics of big companies, the ...

  • What's Your Risk Appetite?

    David Lacey 09 Dec 2006
  • One of my colleagues drew my attention to a recent posting on the GetSafeOnline blog pointing out the lack of IT security training at MI6. In the new James Bond film, Casino Royale, a Swiss banker ...

  • Entering the Dark World of Cyber Crime

    David Lacey 08 Dec 2006
  • We should all be concerned about the growing criminalization of hacking, highlighted in a new, updated report by McAfee on Organised Crime and the Internet. This publication confirms a disturbing ...