Posts Tagged ‘hackers’


Advances in medical technology are making people’s lives better every day and the future looks even brighter … and darker, if we don’t get the security right. Here’s a link to a piece I wrote for the IBM blog on the subject I hope you find useful.

I attended IBM’s Pulse Conference in Las Vegas this week (March 4-7, 2012) and what a show it was! IBM Fellow Grady Booch’s interview with Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak (Woz starts about 56 mins in), was a real highlight as was the Maroon 5 concert the night before. They even let me join in on the fun with a video interview of “all things security” which ranged from discussing the significance of launching of the new IBM Security Systems division to the changing nature in both motivation and sophistication in the current hacker threat.

Welcome to Inside Internet Security — the blog. I qualify it that way since it is named after a book I wrote about a dozen years ago which, in a sense, served as the launch pad for what has been an amazing personal journey through the intricacies of IT security in the age of the Internet.

It seems somehow appropriate to commence this new (for me) means of outreach through social media with an exploration of some of the security risks inherent in this format. So in that spirit, I offer up a link to a keynote talk I did in September of 2011 at the New York Institute of Technology’s Cyber Security Conference for your consideration in hopes that it will provoke some thinking on the topic.

In this talk I discuss some of the vulnerabilities in the social networking format as well as cite examples of real world attacks and compromises that have occurred on Facebook and LinkedIn along with some discussion of the weaknesses that exist in current authentication technologies such as passwords and biometrics. (There were some technical difficulties with the audio at the start but it smooths out soon.)

Enjoy …

NYIT Cyber Security Conference: How Secure Are We? Identify Management and Social Networking Threats