The Projectionist

750 words, 3 minutes. The reason I don’t post on Cyber Security current affairs? It’s a scramble to be first. If I’m to write something, what should it be? What’s my angle? Which lens do I use on the microscope, or since this is a mass medium, the projector? What film can I show you that you haven’t already seen a dozen times? I’ll attempt to answer these questions here, and in so doing introduce what may become a new thread of posts. »

Documenting Breaches With H Diagrams

1500 words, 6 minutes. “For the sake of brevity, we will always represent this number by the letter e” - Leonhard Euler, Mechanica. 1736. Illustration Pub. 1881. What if you could understand and explain any breach 10x faster? Security breaches are a staple of mainstream news. In the past, details only emerged through technical analysis, research papers, and the forensic review of press releases. Occasionally we’d be gifted with a customer letter or the suspicious timing of a patch or update. »

Attack Surface Reduction By Dynamic Compilation

1850 words, 7 minutes. …or, how the cave fish lost his eyes. Iranocypris typhlops - 1944, By B.Coad for Bruun & Kaiser. This post follows directly from the last. In that post, we learned that everyone could do something to reduce their attack surface and decrease the likelihood of a breach. I’m going to show you what that winning system looks like when taken to its ultimate logical conclusion. The logic goes something like this: »

Winning Systems & Security Practitioners 7. Attack Surface Reduction

2000 words, 7 1/2 minutes. Attack Surface Reduction Illustrerad verldshistoria utgifven av E. Wallis. volume I. 1875-9. “Out of every hundred men, ten shouldn’t be there, eighty are just targets” Heraclitus 535 - 475 BC. My posts on Winning Systems for Cyber Security Practitioners are my most popular. In them, I attempt to change your perspective on the relative importance of products and skills in securing what’s precious to you. »

Geopolitics For Fun & Profit

1750 words, 7 minutes. Sketch by Sir William Rothenstein, 1933. “Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland. Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island. Who rules the World-Island commands the world." - Sir Halford Mackinder, Democratic Ideals and Reality. 1919. Do you work in technology, are you building a company? You should think about how your product or service fits with the wider world because aligning with large movements is a winning system. »