Saturday, June 28, 2014

Outlining a new (and much larger challenge) for my Computer Security students. (Mobile Device and Mobile Application Management) Does your employer “certify” your BYOD device?
Enterprises Need More Than MDM to Address Mobile Security Risks: Analysis
… Organizations need to expand their mobile worldview to include data leakage, insider threats, and mobile malware and develop incident response plans that consider mobile devices, according to the latest report from GigaOm Research, released Tuesday.
They need to be able to see what is happening across mobile devices, detect security incidents, and resolve incidents effectively, all things that mobile device managements systems are not designed to handle. Along with improved incident response, organizations need to beef up their forensics capabilities to extract valuable data from mobile devices in the case of a security incident, the report suggested.

I should have thought of this. What a great way to gather the information people want to hide!
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For instance, one “target” is China.
Kim Zetter reports:
About 89,000 foreigners or organizations were targeted for spying under a U.S. surveillance order last year, according to a new transparency report. The report was released for the first time Friday by the Office of the Director of Intelligence, upon order of the president, in the wake of surveillance leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
But the report, which covers only surveillance orders issued in 2013, doesn’t tell the whole story about how many individuals the spying targeted or how many Americans were caught in the surveillance that targeted foreigners. Civil liberties groups say the real number is likely “orders of magnitude” larger than this.
Read more on Wired.

What would keep your employees from doing this? Should we create a Social Media Policy?
Eric Goldman writes:
Jane Stewart, a company manager, posted the following on her Facebook page:
Isn’t [it] amazing how Jimmy experienced a 5 way heart bypass just one month ago and is back to work, especially when you consider George Shoun’s shoulder injury kept him away from work for 11 months and now he is trying to sue us.
The complaint says the post concluded “Love for everyone to hear the real truth! What a loser!” but this sentence wasn’t referenced in the court’s opinion.
Shoun didn’t appreciate these remarks, so he sued for confidentiality violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
I don’t have an opinion about the likely success of this lawsuit, but I’m less sanguine about the wisdom of this post. Employers, when is it appropriate to mock an employee online for allegedly malingering due to health issues? Answer: NEVER.

(Related) How about a non-manager's use of Social Media? No First Amendment rights here?
Jeff D. Gorman reports on another case involving use (or misuse) of social media in the workplace:
An Idaho nurse who ranted on Facebook that he wanted to slap a patient is not entitled to unemployment benefits, the state’s highest court ruled.
Joseph Talbot had been working as a nurse at Desert View Care Center for about five months when he made a January 2013 post on Facebook that got him in hot water.
“Ever have one of those days when you’d like to slap the ever loving bat snot out a patient who is just being a jerk because they can?” he asked. “Nurses shouldn’t have to take abuse from you just because you are sick. In fact, it makes me less motivated to make sure your call light gets answered every time when I know that the minute I step into the room I’ll be greeted by a deluge of insults.”
Read more on Courthouse News.
Note that there is no suggestion that any patient’s protected health information (PHI) was disclosed. This case turned simply on whether the employee violated the center’s social media policy.
Taken together with the previous blog post pointing to Eric Goldman’s comments on another workplace case involving social media, I can only wonder when people are going to really learn that Facebook isn’t a smart choice for venting about work – even if you do not name individuals. Yes, some speech is protected, but if you have signed an agreement with your employer about social media use or prohibitions, expect to be held to it.

Perspective. Living “off the grid” is really going to stand out.
Internet of Things: Connected Home – Survey
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jun 27, 2014
“Fortinet® – a global leader in high-performance network security released the results of a global survey that probes home owners about key issues pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT). Independently administered throughout 11 countries, the survey titled, “Internet of Things: Connected Home,” gives a global perspective about the Internet of Things, what security and privacy issues are in play, and what home owners are willing to do to enable it. Completed in June 2014, the survey asked 1,801 tech-savvy homeowners questions relating to the Internet of Things as it pertains to the connected home. These were the top findings:
  • Homeowners are concerned about data breaches – A majority of all respondents voiced their concern that a connected appliance could result in a data breach or exposure of sensitive, personal information. Globally, 69 percent said that they were either “extremely concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about this issue. Sixty-eight percent of U.S. respondents said that they were “extremely concerned” or “somewhat concerned.”
  • Privacy and trust are concerns – When asked about the privacy of collected data, a majority of global respondents stated, “privacy is important to me, and I do not trust how this type of data may be used.” India led the world with this response at 63 percent. Fifty-seven percent in the U.S. agreed with this statement.
  • Data privacy is an extremely sensitive issue – Relating to privacy, respondents were also asked how they would feel if a connected home device was secretly or anonymously collecting information about them and sharing it with others. Most (62 percent) answered “completely violated and extremely angry to the point where I would take action.” The strongest responses came from South Africa, Malaysia and the United States. Sixty-seven percent of Americans also agreed with this statement.
  • Consumers look to their government for data regulation – Many respondents (42 percent) around the world stated that their government should regulate collected data, while 11 percent said that regulation should be enforced by an independent, non-government organization. The U.S. scored lower than most countries. Here, only 34 percent agreed that the government should regulate collected data.
  • Homeowners are willing to pay for a connected home – When asked, “would you be willing to pay for a new wireless router optimized for connected home devices,” 40 percent responded with “definitely” and another 48 percent said “maybe.” In a follow-on question, more than 50 percent said they would pay more for their Internet service in order to “enable connected devices to function” in their home. Similar to the rest of the world, U.S. homeowners would pay more; less than 25 percent said that they would not.

Perhaps some of this will translate to rules for domestic drone use?
Like Steve, I strongly recommend to Just Security readers the report on drone policy that the Stimson Task Force published yesterday. The report is very thoughtful and balanced, and raises a number of very important questions about the relative costs and benefits of particular aspects of the U.S.’s use of drones.

Parking and the First Amendment? Perhaps San Francisco should take note that parking is valuable and raise the meter rates. Or they cold ban parking all together and increase the use of public transportation. What they probably can't do is enforce this interpretation of whatever law this is based on.
San Francisco parking app refuses shut-down order
The company behind a mobile app that allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has rejected an order from the city attorney to stop its operations.
MonkeyParking CEO Paolo Dobrowolny said in an email Friday that City Attorney Dennis Herrera is misapplying a police code that prohibits the sale or lease of San Francisco's streets.
Dobrowolny said MonkeyParking doesn't sell parking spots, but convenience. He cites freedom of speech, saying people have the right to tell others they're leaving a parking spot and get paid for it.

A nice summary of the music market.
Amazon Prime Music Just Set Streaming Music's Price
For much of the last year, companies have been scrambling to create their own Pandora and take a piece of the growing -- but poorly monetized -- music streaming market. Amazon may have just stumbled upon the solution.

So here's my question. What would I do with a smartphone? (Yes, I see all the Apps and gadgets. But I don't call anyone.)
Wal-Mart slashes iPhone price to just $29
… Radio Shack stores are also offering a similar deal.

Guaranteed to get your message read? Apparently not. Students in high school can't read cursive.
I Sent All My Text Messages in Calligraphy for a Week

For my student Vets.
Report on Veterans Affairs Finds 'Corrosive Culture'
An interim report on the Veterans Affairs Department delivered to President Barack Obama found that the VA’s medical system is hobbled by management with little accountability and a “corrosive culture” that has led to widespread personnel problems.

For my students preparing to run for office.
Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology – Pew
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jun 27, 2014
“Even in an increasingly Red vs. Blue nation, the public’s political attitudes and values come in many shades and hues. Partisan polarization – the vast and growing gap between Republicans and Democrats – is a defining feature of politics today. But beyond the ideological wings, which make up a minority of the public, the political landscape includes a center that is large and diverse, unified by frustration with politics and little else. As a result, both parties face formidable challenges in reaching beyond their bases to appeal to the middle of the electorate and build sustainable coalitions. The latest Pew Research Center political typology, which sorts voters into cohesive groups based on their attitudes and values, provides a field guide for this constantly changing landscape… The new typology has eight groups: Three are strongly ideological, highly politically engaged and overwhelmingly partisan – two on the right and one on the left. Steadfast Conservatives are staunch critics of government and the social safety net and are very socially conservative. Business Conservatives share Steadfast Conservatives’ preference for limited government, but differ in their support for Wall Street and business, as well as immigration reform. And Business Conservatives are far more moderate on social issues than are Steadfast Conservatives. At the other end of the spectrum, Solid Liberals express liberal attitudes across almost every realm – government, the economy and business and foreign policy, as well as on race, homosexuality and abortion – and are reliable and loyal Democratic voters.”

For all my students. (Philosophy from the Harvard “B” School? Who'd a thunk?)
Reframe a Moral Dilemma with Just One Word

For my Statistics students. (Told ya!)
The Mathematics of Shuffled Cards
It is said that each time you shuffle a 52-card deck, each arrangement you make may have never existed in all history, or may never exist again. Why? Because of the enormous number of arrangements that can be made using 52 objects. [52! Bob]

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