Category Archives: security

I Have Given You a Service, If You Can Keep it

In my world of technology operations, two major themes recur again and again (redundantly): Incentives Litmus Tests I have written about incentives extensively on this blog. In short, as the saying goes, “you get what you measure.” Don’t expect extra customer handholding … Continue reading

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Amazon: Speed and Ease vs Vendor Lock-In

A few weeks ago, Amazon Web Services held its annual AWS re:Invent conference. Unsurprisingly, they announced, yet again, a slew of new services, all meant to ease adoption and management of technology services. Yet, something felt a little amiss: 2010s … Continue reading

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Architect Your Product Before It Holds You Back

Architecture determines capabilities. This is not new. Anyone who has planned and architected a new product, or has tried to retrofit capabilities for which a platform has not been architected, knows it first-hand. Yet, time and again, I come across products that have … Continue reading

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SSL Is Broken, Time to Fix It

For a long time, I have felt that SSL/TLS – the protocol that secures your communications with Web sites, mail servers and most everything across the Internet –  is broken. It is broken to the point that it is fundamentally insecure, except … Continue reading

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Open Source Business Models

Sometimes I am amazed by open source software… even as I contribute to it. The largest repository of public open-source projects, GitHub, has over 35MM repositories in it. Granted, some large percentage of those are private, and therefore closed-source, but … Continue reading

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Why the Internet of Things Is So Vulnerable

It seems every day there is another article about how “vulnerable” the Internet of Things (IoT) is. Here are two choice excerpts from the last year: “Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway,” Wired, 21st July 2015 “Security Researcher … Continue reading

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Internet of Iotas

From the Cambridge Dictionary of English: iota (n.) – an extremely small amount From the Wikipedia: Internet of Things (IoT) – the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. … Continue reading

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Don’t Defer the Problem, Resolve It!

I have been pondering this article for quite some time, then came across a great similar quote from Bryan Cantrill: “Don’t just reboot it, goddamn it! Debug it!” Since Bryan always is a great speaker, watch it here. Time and time … Continue reading

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Good Writing Still Counts

In a world full of email, then SMS, then Twitter-based abbreviations for everything – ttyl, afaik, iirc, rtfm – do good, clean, clear writing skills still matter? Yes. Unquestionably, and without a second’s hesitation, writing certainly matters, not solely for the pedantic nitpickers. … Continue reading

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It’s All About the White Rats

No, this is not about “White Hats” – security hackers who try to break into systems in order to strengthen them, as opposed to “Black Hats” – but really about what we can learn from white rats. In the last few weeks, I … Continue reading

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