Saturday, May 27, 2006

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Data Security: An Oxymoron

Richard Kuper

Reposted from:
The Kuper Report

On May 9th, I gave a presentation on Data Security at the NYC Software Process Improvement Network (NYC SPIN) annual Ten Minute Madness Event. In my presentation, titled: "Data Security: An Oxymoron?" I highlighted news that had come out over the prior several weeks:

-Laptops stolen with unsecured data from financial firms

-CDs distributed with private data by, in this case, the Republican

-University systems getting hacked

-State and local governments posting private data on the internet

-A breach allowing Retail Credit Card holder information to be accessed

-Unauthorized access to data by insiders

-The Federal Government hiring a firm that allowed criminals to set up
fake ids and access private data to guard the security of data for the

-A company not validating the practices of the firm they hired to
securely scrub data from recycled hard drives and finding the
unscrubbed hard drives on ebay

In the past week, there has been news about a stolen laptop that contained names, addresses, social security numbers and more on over 26 million veterans and news about a Red Cross employee having improper access to sensitive data such as social security numbers of over 1 million blood donors.

In my presentation, I pointed out that if all of the government agencies, colleges, retail stores, major corporations, and others had good




-Standards, and

-Best Practices

(and enforced them), then perhaps much of this could have been avoided.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

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How Many More?

May 2, 2006

How Many More?

By Richard Kuper

The Op Ed Page

On May 1, 2003, when President Bush declared "Mission Accomplished," 140 brave US Citizens had given their lives in the invasion of Iraq.

Three years later, the mission is clearly not accomplished, and now more that 2,400 brave US Citizens have given their lives in the invasion of Iraq.

On June 28, 2005, George W. Bush said: "The Sacrifice in Iraq has been worth it."

Has it really?

How many more must die because of this mistake?

Saddam Hussein did not attack the US on 9/11/01. Osama bin Laden was behind that attack.

It has been 1,688 days (more than 4 1/2 years) since George W. Bush said he would catch Osama bin Laden "Dead or Alive!"

When will the war on terrorism actually begin?