Issues and Advice

Chip and PIN Cards

So do you have one of the new “Chip and PIN” cards? They are also known as “EMV” for Europay/MasterCard/Visa. Instead of swiping you’re supposed to “dip” them. Currently not all merchants have implemented the “dip” technology. There are fiscal liability implications related to that don’t affect the consumer so I won’t cover that here.…

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Cloudy Day

To some I’m sure that March 1st felt like April 1st. Really, that couldn’t be happening? Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service) went down in their Eastern Region (Ok, it just had “high error rates”). But there are a couple of lessons to be learned from this. First, it seems nobody is listening to me. Cloud services…

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You Can’t Cut Your Way to Success

One of my former co-workers used to say “You Can’t Cut Your Way to Success.” A recent article in CIO.com called out challenges that keep CIOs up at night. Several of the points were pertinent to my former co-worker’s advice. 5. Aging IT infrastructures and IT spending cuts “Many [financial services] organizations continue to rely on IT…

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Rumbling Clouds

I’ve written several times about “cloud” availability/reliability. A recent article on Microsoft’s outlook.com service brought this back to my attention. This is Microsoft’s free service so there’s not really a lot of room to complain. This discussion is to compare the cloud solution to a self-hosted solution. Microsoft has a status page which was getting updated regularly which is good…

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Red, Green, Blue and Purple

No, I’m not talking about video signals. I listen to a lot of security podcasts. I’d been hearing them talk about “red teams” and “blue teams.” I didn’t know what they were talking about. So off to Google and I came up with this. These terms refer to teams that participate in penetration tests. Red Teams are external…

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