what we’re reading, week of 4/6

Posted: April 9, 2009 in Highlights

From around the blogosphere…
A story ran in the Wall Street Journal which caused much chatter and confusion among everyone. According to current and former national-security officials, cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left software programs that could be used to disrupt the system. Here are three different opinions on this story.

Andy IT Guy
A little common sense goes a long way
Andy believes that some systems just shouldn’t be on the Internet, including the Electrical Grid— “come on use a little common sense.”

Schneier on Security
U.S. Power Grid Hacked, Everyone Panic!
Bruce is more concerned about other issues than he is about the cyberspies— he is worried about random errors and undirected worms in the computers running the infrastructure and criminal hackers.

Errata Security
Has the power grid been penetrated by enemies?
Robert believes this story is an example of ‘yellow journalism’, and that someone internally is lying.

From Inside CRM…
Checklist: 5 Principles of CRM Security
Since most CRMs involve mobile devices, it is more susceptible to security breaches. Rick Cook provides five helpful tips on how to protect yourself from data theft and misuse for a CRM system.

From Rational Survivability…
Google’s Updated App Engine – “Secure” Data Connector: Your Firewall Means Nothing (Again)
Google’s improvement plans for its Google App Engine Platform includes access to firewalled data—grant-controlled access to your data behind the firewall. As Hoff expresses concern about this matter, we question how much confidentiality and privacy can a business have using this platform and what does it mean for the tunnel.

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