Really sad when any person dies so young, only 35 years old, and Barnaby Jack was really making a difference. He hacked into devices, e.g. medical devices, that administer insulin and medical devices in general. He proved that he could hack in a administer lethal does to the barer. He forced medical companies to rethink their design!
Very sad. This year has lost first Steve Jobs, and Apple is still reeling from this loss, and now, last friday Barnaby Jack; both in their prime. Read more on Barnaby Jack in the Washington Post.
It’s amazing the amount of discussions there are on how to secure information in the cloud when we are walking around with sensitive information on a portable hard drive, maybe even a USB stick!
There have been two cases recently of lost personal information one was information pertaining to Canadian students and the other in April 2013, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization (IIROC) admitted that the personal information of 52,000 clients from dozens of investment firms had equally been compromised.
Remember the UK HM Revenue and Customs that lost computer discs containing the entire child benefit records, including the personal details of 25 million people – covering 7.25 million families overall in 2007. There are loads of reported cases and probably many more unreported!
OK so how do we solve this? According to Daniel Horovitz it is about security awareness and policies that are enforced. With this I concur with completely. However I am also thinking that if no personal data was stored on any local device anywhere, that it was all web-enabled, private cloud, shared cloud. It would bring closer the BYOD device movement, and surely it must be safer than a mobile HD? Clearly security awareness and policy enforcement is essential, but it still does not seem to be working. If it was then these incidents would not be happening.
“The Hacker Highschool project is the development of license-free, security and privacy awareness teaching materials and back-end support for teachers of elementary, junior high, and high school students.
Today’s kids and teens are in a world with major communication and productivity channels open to them and they don’t have the knowledge to defend themselves against the fraud, identity theft, privacy leaks and other attacks made against them just for using the Internet. This is the reason for Hacker Highschool.” (Source: The Hacker Highschool Project)
I think these two paragraphs explain quite well the project. Although started several years ago, it is sufficiently interesting to justify a reading.