AMU Cyber & AI

Daily Cyber Defense Brief 16 Jan 2017 – Privacy & Conferences

By James Lint
Faculty Member, School of Business, American Military University
Senior Editor for
 In Cyber Defense and Contributor, In Homeland Security

Privacy Vs. Security Vs. Convenience

The fight for security and privacy is an ongoing race for success. In the Fast Code Design article by Mark Wilson, Our Apathy Toward Privacy Will Destroy Us, Designers Can Help, Wilson explores security problems and privacy.

There are plenty of problems that include the concept of security. Think back to the Japanese codes in WWII. These codes were perfect. So were the German Enigma codes. Later, we learned that these codes were broken and readable.

Security is in various degrees. The article noted that armored cars can stop pistol and rifle munitions.  But a tactical nuclear bomb makes armored cars disappear. Security threats vary in scope and ability.

Wilson notes that “Privacy is complex; consumers want anonymity, but at the same time, we appreciate Google’s calendar reminders that keep us from missing meetings, right?” Some experts say that consumers do not know what they want or need.

This article discusses the battle between code designs — the designing for security and privacy against better usability. Convenience can cause security weaknesses.

Conferences For Your Professional Development

On the cyber defense and cyber security professional development front, Tripwire published The Top 13 Information Security Conferences of 2017 by David Bisson. These conferences are critical for federal government, military and commercial cyber defenders to develop professionally by attending the conference. Budget authority and planning is critical for military and federal government planning, due to the long timelines required for approval.

However, employees often find about an interesting conference a couple of weeks before the event. The manager most often has to decline the request due to the high cost of attending the conference.

A budget is critical to attending these events and many events have early-bird discounts. If you find out about these events early and give your manager more lead time to plan, you are more likely to be authorized to attend. You can maximize your participation and learning via conferences such as CES.

Many conferences cost a lot, but sometimes conferences close to you can decrease office cost. All conferences help improve your knowledge.

This article highlights cyber news that influences cyber defenders. Information is retrieved from aggregators and credit given to them.

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James R. Lint retired as the (GG-15) civilian director for intelligence and security, G2, U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command. James has been involved in cyberespionage events from just after the turn of the century in Korea supporting 1st Signal Brigade to the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis as the first government cyber intelligence analyst. He has 38 years of experience in military intelligence with the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army.

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