David Laceys IT Security Blog

October 2007

  • A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

    David Lacey 31 Oct 2007
  • I've always stressed the importance of strong visual images in security programmes and awareness campaigns. It's surprising how much leverage a strong, well-thought-through image can generate. ...

  • How to win Friends and Influence People

    David Lacey 30 Oct 2007
  • They say that a week is a long time in politics. But changing public sector strategy can take a lifetime. So it’s unrealistic to expect civil servants to turn on a sixpence and immediately revise ...

  • To Catch a Thief

    David Lacey 29 Oct 2007
  • Cyberspace has an unusual effect on our perception of acceptable behaviour. For example there’s a phenomenon researchers term “the disinhibition effect” that encourages Internet users to behave in ...

  • Exploit Wednesday Strikes Again

    David Lacey 13 Oct 2007
  • A few days ago Symantec reported a Word exploit in the wild just one day after Microsoft released the patch for the corresponding vulnerability. Rather unusually it was created using Word for ...

  • The Rich Untapped Seam in Digital Communications

    David Lacey 10 Oct 2007
  • The blog postings have been a bit thin these past few days as I’ve been head-down, writing up a lengthy feasibility study report on the potential for analysing security behavior in digital ...

  • Preparing for the Coming Storm

    David Lacey 06 Oct 2007
  • It’s comforting to read those security threat level indicators that inform us that the threat from malware attacks is currently low. Unfortunately there are blind spots in early warning systems. ...

  • Patient Records – The Debate is Just Starting

    David Lacey 04 Oct 2007
  • Earlier this week I attended a British Computer Society event “Public health - private data?” hosted jointly by the BCS Health Informatics Forum and the BCS Security Forum. This is not a new issue. ...

  • A Sharp Increase in Email Threats

    David Lacey 01 Oct 2007
  • Message Labs latest intelligence report shows a sharp increase in viruses, spam and email threats, which now stand at record levels. Over one in fifty emails now contains malware, generally through ...