Rising Complexity and Cost of Securing Secrecy

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A broad class of people has legitimate needs for communicating in secrecy, such as politicians, high tech innovators, analysts in the military, State Department operatives, and businessmen bidding on goods or negotiating a merger. Unfortunately, secrecy that once could be achieved with modest effort is now elusive. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) database contains […]

Cyber-Attack Detection is Difficult, Needs Monitoring

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Despite cyber-prowess and a staggering and secret budget, US intelligence agencies appeared unable to halt a deep and sustained invasion of sensitive federal information.  In May, an attack hit the IT system of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and its data stored at the Department of the Interior’s data center. Information for about 4 […]

The Public Needs a Seat at the National Security Table

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Bulk surveillance of American’s telecommunications services by the National Security Agency (NSA) was, according to some, authorized in the Patriot Act Section 215 and was monitored by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).  But, the Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not permit NSA […]

EU Protectionism on the Rise

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For two decades, Google has focused tightly on improving its prowess in Internet search.  It is very good at search, and while it dominates search (worldwide about 88%) it is not the only player.  Microsoft’s Bing (4.5%) also produces excellent results, along with other rivals Yahoo (4.3%) and Baidu (0.6%).  When consumers choose among these […]

State’s 911 Tax Hike a Non-Emergency

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Pennsylvania Consumers love their smartphones and the associated applications that deliver better access to health care, delightful entertainment, informative news and communications with our family and our friends.  Perhaps most revered are the work-related applications that improve productivity and well-being.  The future is bright – the growing sophistication of applications will further tighten consumers’ reliance […]

Welcome Body Cams – Here’s the Rules

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In recent police-suspect encounters, the public’s accurate understanding of the events hinges on whether a video recording is available.  While witnesses may be plentiful, they seldom have that rarest of attributes, an excellent and unbiased memory.  Until a credible record of events is available, the public tends to shape a story from their imagination and […]