David Laceys IT Security Blog

April 2009

  • Verdict on Infosecurity Europe 2009

    David Lacey 30 Apr 2009
  • So what was the verdict on Infosecurity Europe 2009? Overall, I thought it a definite success. The feedback I received from both vendors and visitors was positive. The new venue was bigger and ...

  • Historical records from the birth of BS7799

    David Lacey 27 Apr 2009
  • Can you remember what you were doing sixteen years ago? I certainly can. I was burning the midnight oil churning out on drafts of the BSI document "A Code of Practice for Information Security". On ...

  • Security in financial services

    David Lacey 27 Apr 2009
  • The latest edition of Financial Services Technology magazine has interviews with myself and Bruce Schneier, as well as brief book reviews. It's a sign of the times: security management now plays an ...

  • A timely pandemic wake-up call

    David Lacey 26 Apr 2009
  • However non-threatening the latest influenza scare might prove to be, it will at least have served as a timely wake-up call. And that's important, as most experts concur that a major pandemic of ...

  • RSA Conference fails to hit the spot

    David Lacey 24 Apr 2009
  • I couldn't get across to the RSA Conference in California this year. I did originally think it would be a well-timed platform for my new book on Managing the Human Factor in Information Security. ...

  • Frustration Hacking - or the lack of it?

    David Lacey 23 Apr 2009
  • A Jericho Forum email yesterday drew my attention to a claim by Eric Domage of IDC that the current recession is likely to trigger an increase in so called "frustration hacking" when people ...

  • The Scourge of Spam

    David Lacey 18 Apr 2009
  • The Yorkshire Post quoted me in an article about Spam a few days ago. I admit that I do come across as a bit of a doomsayer. But surely someone needs to in a blinkered business world that seems to ...

  • Looking ahead to Infosecurity Europe 2009

    David Lacey 17 Apr 2009
  • This is the time of the year when many security professionals in the UK decide whether or not to attend the Infosecurity exhibition and conference in London, and if so which sessions to look out ...

  • Security budgets in a downturn

    David Lacey 13 Apr 2009
  • When times are tough, business survival has to take precedence over security considerations. This logic suggests that security budgets will be severely squeezed in a major downturn. But is this ...

  • Preventing rogue traders

    David Lacey 10 Apr 2009
  • Regular readers will have noticed the radio silence this week. I haven't been able to publish a blog posting this past week due to persistent outages of my broadband service just at the times when ...

  • This year's fashionable label

    David Lacey 03 Apr 2009
  • Ethical hacking (see my last post) is not the only security term I dislike. In fact I'm against the use of any labels that confuse ordinary people, especially when they supersede existing ones that ...