David Lacey likes my book!

The book launch that happened yesterday went very well. It was a great pleasure to find David Lacey there who has made a very nice posting on his blog concerning my book in ComputerWeekly.com.

David has also just published a book (Managing the Human Factor in Information Security)that is extremely relevant in a changed society that we live in today. Information security but from the ‘human perspective’. His thinking is a ‘bottom-up’ approach in the organisation, as the traditional top-down approach is just not working. I have only just started reading the book on my journey home from the U.K., just finished the chapter “Power to the People” 😉 very cool!

On my way home I also got distracted by my new gadget, my Sony digital reader that I purchased at the airport. Well if David has one, I want one too 🙂

Report on Data breaches in the UK

In the wake of massive data breaches at businesses, educational institutions and medical facilities, consumers are modifying their purchasing behaviour, including online buying, out of concern for the security of their personal information, according to the 2007 Consumer Survey on Data Security.

The survey from Vontu, a Data Loss Prevention solutions firm, and the Ponemon Institute, a privacy and information management researcher, found that 62% of respondents have been notified that their confidential data has been lost.

White Paper published for Privacy and Identity Management

Ralf Bendrath had this linked into his blog. Should have come across this before myself! The PRIME consortium is an EU funded project looking into identity and privacy.

The Privacy and Identity Management for Europe (PRIME) consortium has published a new White Paper that is recommended reading for everyone working on ID management.

Cyberwar and Information war

Bruce Schneier gives a good definition on what is cyberwar -in his opinion- and information war. As he right states, they are not the same. This is not the focus of what he has written, so hang in there until you get to the end. It is worth reading. I am not completely in agreement with how seriously he views these threats, I see them as much higher because of combined impact of cyberwar AND information war.

Then think about information war today. YouTube is being used for example -as an extension to existing media- to influence public opinion.