“New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.” -John LockeRead More →

Intel CPU

The Hype If you are in the security industry, then you probably heard about the security flaws in our most fundamental integrated circuits and semi-conductors from large reputable firms. None of the explanation make much sense, since they are purposefully obfuscated so as not to exacerbate the situation. However, this causes some problem for those trying to figure out how severe the issue actually is. The Flaw Claims are circulating that modern computers will need to be complete redesigned to patch the flaw. Firefox 57 (the latest) includes a fix, as do the latest versions of Internet Explorer and Edge for Windows 10. Google saysRead More →

It’s now January 2018, and I hope to publish a “Security Centre” bulletin once a month throughout 2018. In these bulletins, I am listing just the top security threats this domain has seen over the last month. It will include roughly the following metrics: Top Country source of known threats and the number of events. The Top known threats and the number of occurrences. The top threats for December 2017 seem to still be OpenSSL heartbleed (stealing private keys), Apache struts vulnerability (think Equifax) and WordPress plugin compromises. Top country threats for December 2017 seems to be the United Kingdom, followed some ways back byRead More →

It is now 2018 and the crypto currency and blockchain technology world of 2017 is securely behind us… But that doesn’t mean the blockchain ride us over. Followers of the crypto evolution will note that we are going through another calm period before the next storm. You may be saying right now, “This is calm?”. I expect the next crypto storms will happen in the following way this year: Tax season – February, March. Depends on the country or how complex your taxes are, but Tax season is when people realize they have money to burn, have to spend money to reduce their tax burden,Read More →

In the darkest recesses of authoritarian dystopia, an existential threat to blockchain technology lurks. It is the revoking of net neutrality. As Satoshi Nakamoto described in his paper “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” “Proof-of-work is essentially one-CPU-one-vote. The majority decision is represented by the longest chain,”…”that the probability of a slower attacker catching up diminishes” as long as “nodes always consider the longest chain to be the correct one and will keep working on extending it” and payment verification is achieved by “linking it to a place in the chain, he can see that a network node has accepted it, and blocks added after itRead More →

It’s that time again when I need to select a new tower server as network capacity has reach close to 80%.  I love and hate this part of infrastructure maintenance, but I’d love it even more if I didn’t have budget constraints. I love researching the latest and greatest server technologies available for 2018, but at the same time I have to wade through all the marketing and product differentiated pricing to get to the information sweet spot. It takes hours of research to arrive at an informed decision. What I am looking for is a virtualization server with the following base specifications. 8-16 bayRead More →

Quotes to help you get through your day… “You have to set a vision, build cultural guardrails, foster a sense of teamwork, and make tough calls. All of that requires balancing the endless paradoxes of leadership, and doing it in a way that inspires trust.” “I believe the quality of the followers is in direct correlation to the respect you hold them in. It’s not how much they respect you that is most important. It’s actually how much you respect them. It’s everything.” “You sacrifice and you’re a victim, or you sacrifice because it’s the right thing to do and you have pride in it.Read More →