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Computer Security and the People in the Field

A lot of people are confused about computer security and the people in the field.  This is not surprising since it doesn’t make good TV and it is a complicated and technical occupation with a lot of fuzziness.  Generally people who end up in computer security do so because it is an avocation, not a job.  Today I want to tell you a little bit about this occupation, especially the top guy.  If you work for a corporation that is the...

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Viruses and Trojans

What do the following computer programs all have in common, Adobe PDF reader, Flash animation, email, and web browsers?  Answer, they are all methods that allow viruses and Trojans to install on your computer.   I think everyone is aware of email and web browsers, as a danger but very few people seem to be aware of PDF documents, flash animation and movies as dangers.  PDF documents are very common on the Internet.  Many legal...

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Electrical Grid Dangers

An area in cyber-war that people are arguing about is our utilities.  People claim that a cyber attack cannot disrupt our electrical grid.  They are wrong.  Our electrical grid is fragile and easily broken.  Anything that is operated by computer can be attacked.  Computers now operate our electrical grid.  Push in the just the right way and you can knock out large areas of the country.  Remember the black outs in New York City? ...

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