Sochi Security and the Olympic-Sized Slippery Slope of Access Control

The other day, I was driving along, listening to an interview on the radio, when the subject of security at the Sochi Olympics came up.

My ears perked up for two reasons.  First, the topic of security is one that is near and dear to my heart and business, which is a reason I am always open to new perspectives and ideas.  The other reason was because the guest being interviewed happened to be a good friend of mine.

The gentleman who was being interviewed is an ex-Secret Service Agent and reigning expert on the subject of security, as well as, the […]

Whistleblower or Traitor? Do Not be Snowed by Edward Snowden

‘We have met the enemy, and he is us.’
(Pogo, 1970)
In our view, Snowden is nothing less than a traitor, at most a Russian agent, but certainly not a whistleblower.

Snowden’s actions do not support his claim of being a dedicated employee who was simply compelled to expose organizational misdeeds.

Let’s review the facts:

Snowden worked as a contractor for the agency for only 3 months
he amassed untold volumes of data on four laptops using co-worker passwords and login ID’s
a well-orchestrated escape to Hong Kong, then Moscow, now working there
dribbling juicy tidbits of information to the press to create maximum exposure and damage to […]

CYBERCOM 2013 and Snowden Spying Tsunami at NSA

Insider Threats and the Snowden Spying Tsunami at NSA
The buzz at the AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) CYBERCOM this year was focused on the NSA (National Security Agency) spying leaks by Edward Snowden.  In particular, points of discussion revolved around the impact these leaks would have on the NSA, our national security, foreign policy, and our image around the world.

GEN Keith Alexander, Commander, US Cyber Command; Director, NSA, defended the integrity of those who work at NSA, the intention of the mission, and the controls placed on it by Congressional oversight and the courts.

With far reaching and growing […]