Thursday, May 31, 2012

The 7 Qualities of Highly Secure Software

We just published The 7 Qualities of Highly Secure Software by Mano Paul. Providing a framework for designing, developing, and deploying hack-resilient software, this book uses engaging anecdotes and analogies—from Aesop’s fables and athletics to architecture and video games—to illustrate the qualities needed for the development of highly secure software. Each chapter details one of the seven qualities that make software less susceptible to hacker threats. Filled with real-world examples, the book explains complex security concepts in language that’s easy to understand to supply readers with the understanding needed to building secure software.

This excerpt discusses the need for building security into software. Building security in is about proactively designing and developing appropriate security controls into the software. The quality of building security in that will result in highly secure software can be achieved by addressing the people, the process, and the technology components in the software engineering process.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

86% Say No to ‘Dial High Club’: Travellers against Phones on Planes

Well, travellers are apparently on the side of sanity and good sense. I know it's too much to expect the same from carriers. Just because you're able to do something, doesn't mean you should. We can only hope that they somehow require access charges as they do with WiFi, and that the charges are exorbitant. At least there's a "quiet car" on my commuter train, although it should be just one "loud" car, leaving the rest of us in peace and contemplation. "Make the pain go away!"

Friday, May 18, 2012

"Loaphobia." I wonder what the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders says about this?

Loaphobia (Lack-of-Application-Phobia), I learned today, is fear in the workforce of not being able to hit deadlines, missing promotions, or losing their jobs due to inabilty to access an applicatoin. This fear is apparently well founded because recent research found that 19% have missed a critical deadline as a result of being denied full access to an application, 14% lost a job and 6% missed a promotion. Just when you thought it was safe to close your eyes and sleep at night.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Just Say No?

It wasn't easy to do when Nancy Reagan wanted kids to reject peer-pressure to try drugs, and it's apparently even harder to say no to users intent on BYOD.

The same people who want to create more security threats now want more security. I wonder what they'll think about more security when it'll require installation management software on their digital toys, and maybe have to submit to intense awareness training?