Why Shouldn’t I ‘cc’ People?

Every copy you make of information is a copy someone else can steal, and every person you send information to is another person who can lose that information. Not every information security weakness is technological. Sometimes the little things we do can have tremendous effects on information security. An important example of this is email […]

Is There Such a Thing as “Cyberwarfare”?

“Cyberwar” as a discrete phenomenon—fighting only in cyberspace—is as meaningless as a war only at sea, on land or in the air

One of the early books on cybersecurity that gained substantial notoriety was Cyber War (sic) by Richard Clarke and Robert Knake. The title, an inspired choice—if for no other reason than it sold books—was about the only thing inspired about the book. Cyber War reads like what it was: two men who knew a lot about war and were aware there was such a thing as computers, trying to explain why computers were going to kill you and your family, steal all your stuff and spit on your grave. The book was a successful polemic, if nothing else.

Why Can We Not Get Politics “Right”?

There is no right; all politics is a strategy, not a process. Never tell people at a party that you have a PhD. in Political Science, because there is a 99% chance they will ask you why politics has so many problems. “Why can’t we just do what needs to happen?” is a common refrain. […]