Stories by Jon Espenschied

Four signs your security program's gone too far

When risk is present it calls for treatment, and security is a never-ending process... right? Yes, but as a security professional, it's easy to become focused on the hard problems (download PDF) of security -- falling into the arms race for more, mor...

A spring cleaning for security

This month marks two years of "In Security." Over the past year, some of my more popular columns have dealt with data aggregation and theft, the limits of risk management, getting along with human resources, how to spot and handle rogue security staf...

Phishing in the backyard

The best phishing e-mail I've seen recently purported to come from none other than the head of the FBI. "Robert Mueller" was offering to ensure the safety of a money transfer from a confidential third party, if only the recipient would provide her or...

Privacy and piracy: What are we telling the kids?

I can't find much difference between the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) members' business model and a band of large-scale ticket scalpers, but lately they and their music-industry cousins in the Recording Industry Association of America...

Ghosts in the machine, spooks on the wire

On the Internet, there's always a ghost in the room -- watching you, listening, recording your activities and interests, aggregating profiles or categorizing you, and whispering secrets and lies about you to others again and again.

Oh, don't tell me: 10 claims that scare security pros

A child with a chocolate-smeared shirt says, "I didn't do it." The phone rings, and Mum assures you, "There's nothing to worry about." A systems administrator carrying a box of tapes says, "We'll have everything back up in a few minutes." Sometimes t...

Tony Soprano's laptop

Tony Soprano's dislike of computers is well-known, but in 2007, it's hard to keep a business running without one. (Another argument for creator David Chase ending the show after five seasons, but too late now.) Tony knows that yesterday's bookie can'...

Ten dangerous claims about smartphone security

My heart sank when I first saw Al Gore pull out his BlackBerry. It was in the waning weeks of the 2000 US presidential campaign, and there he was on the TV, tapping away on his then-novel converged device. Though I had no evidence, I was positive th...

The trouble with MPLS

Multisite and outsourced IT operations are making good use of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), but strange trouble is turning up more and more. Often in discussion with local network staffers, we come to the point when I ask about backhaul lines...

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