Monday, June 17, 2013

From the New Yorker, a bit of history that it seems we are doomed to repeat?
Read more on Jill Lepore’s article in The New Yorker.

So between 22 and 28 per day.
Apple has joined Google, Microsoft, and Facebook in saying it has obtained permission to disclose a bit more about requests it receives. In a statement issued yesterday, they write:
Two weeks ago, when technology companies were accused of indiscriminately sharing customer data with government agencies, Apple issued a clear response: We first heard of the government’s “Prism” program when news organizations asked us about it on June 6. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order.
… From December 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, Apple received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data. Between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices were specified in those requests, which came from federal, state and local authorities and included both criminal investigations and national security matters. The most common form of request comes from police investigating robberies and other crimes, searching for missing children, trying to locate a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, or hoping to prevent a suicide.
… There are certain categories of information which we do not provide to law enforcement or any other group because we choose not to retain it.
For example, conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them. Apple cannot decrypt that data.
But lumping national security requests in with other requests to provide an aggregate number is really not useful to us in understanding how often government is requesting customer information under surveillance programs, as both Google and Twitter pointed out this weekend.
What would the government do if all of the companies got together and informed the government that dammit, they’re all gonna disclose the real numbers and that’s it? Businesses need government, but government also needs businesses. What would they do?

For my Computer Security students A high level overview, but better than nothing.
Army Releases Cybersecurity Handbook to Public
News release: “The Army published a new handbook this month to provide leaders of all levels with the information and tools needed to address today’s cybersecurity challenges, and to ensure organizations adopt the necessary practices to protect their information and the Army network. Currently, all Army commands are developing Information Assurance/Cybersecurity awareness training to address areas of weakness identified by the Army Information Assurance Self-Assessment Tool. During the Army Cybersecurity Awareness Week, Oct. 15-18, 2013commanders will train personnel based on command plans and highlight the importance of individual responsibilities.”
This Handbook is designed to provide leaders the information and tools to address today’s complex security challenges. It is also a quick reference for managing Cybersecurity issues that will help ensure that Soldiers, Civilians and contractors know their responsibilities for daily practices that will protect information and our IT capabilities.

Unfortunately, this will be useful for my Math students.
If you, or someone in your family is working on their multiplication tables, Tables Test is a great website for practicing.
The website turns practicing into a game. It comes with five levels, and it keeps score based on the amount of correct answers you are able to give.

Summer. Time to forget school and learn something.
Most of these courses offer “certificates” or “statements of completion,” though typically not university credit. (See the key below to understand the credentials offered by each course.)
Also don’t miss our separate collection, 700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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