David Laceys IT Security Blog

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  • How to be a Superbrand

    David Lacey 15 Jul 2009
  • I was interested to read that Microsoft has overtaken Google to top the latest UK consumer survey of leading brands. The three criteria used were quality, reliability and distinction. These are not ...

  • Security in the clouds

    David Lacey 13 Jul 2009
  • We've seen a fair bit of media coverage over the last week about the launch of Google's new Chrome operating system, and how this will herald a new era of cloud computing. One thing that's ...

  • Secrets for sale

    David Lacey 09 Jul 2009
  • The claim in today's Guardian newspaper about journalists employing private detectives to use illegal means of gathering information on celebrities comes as no surprise. This has been going on for ...

  • Environments influence behaviour

    David Lacey 05 Jul 2009
  • Some interesting experiments in Holland have confirmed that many people adjust their behaviour according to the people and environment around them. In this research it was a case of graffiti ...

  • The perils of security software

    David Lacey 05 Jul 2009
  • Some security software needs to be labeled with a hazard warning, because it can do immense damage when it goes wrong. Security software glitches can trash client machines, close down access to ...

  • Eliminating opportunities for fraud

    David Lacey 30 Jun 2009
  • Bruce Schneier's excellent blog drew my attention to an interesting web site that prints copies of expenses receipts "for novelty use only". Perhaps our members of Parliament might find this ...

  • Why staff break security rules

    David Lacey 29 Jun 2009
  • I've just got back from speaking in Athens at HAISA 2009, the leading international symposium on the human aspects of information security. Picking up today's Computer Weekly, my eye was naturally ...

  • New cyber strategy needs to be tougher

    David Lacey 25 Jun 2009
  • The UK Government has just unveiled a new cyber strategy. It's a step in the right direction but it needs to be much tougher if it's to correct the weakeness in critical infrastructure. Tests by IO ...

  • The impact of the recession on information security spending

    David Lacey 23 Jun 2009
  • In times of recession there's always talk about where information security budgets are heading. Some of it is prompted by marketing spin, some by genuine concern and some by wishful thinking. Many ...

  • W-Tech 2009

    David Lacey 21 Jun 2009
  • One of the things that strike me as imbalanced about information security is the relatively low proportion of women entering the profession. It might be the traditional image of security as an "old ...

  • The next big thing

    David Lacey 18 Jun 2009
  • Reed Exhibitions have published a series of podcasts recorded by Hall of Fame speakers at this year's Infosecurity Europe. The subject was "the next big issue in security". Mine was on data ...

  • A new security blog

    David Lacey 18 Jun 2009
  • I see that the US Department of Homeland Security has launched a blog. The initial efforts appear to be very formal and official, more like a series of press releases, in contrast to the more ...

  • Digital Britain needs better security

    David Lacey 17 Jun 2009
  • One of the tricks for impressing your customers is to under-promise and over-deliver, thereby ensuring you will exceed their expectations. It doesn't work well in competitive markets where promises ...

  • Planning for the worst

    David Lacey 11 Jun 2009
  • A news item about the possibility of Mars colliding with the Earth caught my eye yesterday. Of course it's not likely to happen for billions of years, but it's a sobering thought that the entire ...

  • Where's the next security breakthrough?

    David Lacey 10 Jun 2009
  • The BBC News website has an interview with Sir Tim Berners Lee on the future of the Internet. When asked what the future of the Web would look like, he replies that if all the things that he can ...