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Christopher Ursich
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Not too surprisingly, the Wall Street Journal has been a big booster of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement over the past year, repeatedly praising the deal and claiming it will save the world in all sorts of ways. Most of that is based on...
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The sea star wasting disease that's causing mysterious and dramatic die-offs on the Pacific Coast is still killing the animals — and hitting a bigger range of species over a larger area than originally thought.
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Episode topic suggestion: Detailed analysis of Authy (submitted to grc.com/feedback)

+Steve Gibson

Steve,

Chris Ursich here again. I'd like to suggest Authy (https://www.authy.com/) as a topic for an in-depth analysis episode of Security Now. I know that Authy is related to Google Authenticator, but I don't know how it can claim to be better. Many tech reporters have praised Authy, but I don't trust that they understand it. I worry that they simply find the app's user interface to be beautiful. Authy's website-- like so many these days-- contains tons of large, beautiful graphics, but hardly a few sentences about how the product works. I think that listeners would benefit if you would investigate and report on this.

Thanks, and keep up the good work. :)

Chris

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"Some kind of brain parasite infected designers back when the iPad came out, and they haven’t recovered. Everything now has to look like a touchscreen."

"My gripe with this design aesthetic is the loss of information density. I'm an adult human being sitting at a large display, with a mouse and keyboard. I deserve better. Not every interface should be designed for someone surfing the web from their toilet."
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Cryptography politics (submitted to grc.com/feedback)

+Steve Gibson, for next week's show:

I'm much in favor of your approach to keep Security Now focused on technology, and then, having acknowledged that it exists, allow the political component to be discussed elsewhere. That's my objective when I make the following observation:

The arguments concerning what you might call "cryptography control" are strikingly similar to the arguments concerning gun control. For example:

* "If you outlaw it, good people won't have it, but bad people still will."
* "The technology is already pervasive, and you can't effectively stop people from making it themselves." (Either with a compiler or a 3-D printer.)
* The antagonists in the argument are the government's safety interest, versus individuals' interest against government overreach.

I find this similarity fascinating, but I have not seen any reports that address the comparison, even on TWiG, TWiT's most philosophical show, despite Google's clear focus on security. Was the government somehow correct after all, years ago, when they identified cryptography as a munition? Interesting!

Thanks for all you do. I'm looking forward to finding out how Elaine deals with your discussion of "Mis-CHEE-Vee-us." :)

Regards,

Chris Ursich
Lyndhurst, Ohio
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A pistol-whipped priest was one of four people robbed at gunpoint Saturday night in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood, police said.
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"Normalization of deviance" is a gradual process that leads to insecurity. Recognizing the problem is the first step towards solving it.
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"To disable Binge On for your T-Mobile number, log into your account on the web, then go to "Profile" in the upper right corner. Open "Media Settings" and you'll see the Binge On toggle."
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Target is OK, so don't invest in security (submitted to grc.com/feedback)

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In the Network Break podcast #50 (2015-08-25), +Greg Ferro (@etherealmind) makes the sobering argument that, for companies, it just does not make financial sense to maintain a strong security program. Target's company value is higher now than before their breach. I'm disappointed to admit that there is sense in this argument. Did Sony or Home Depot go out of business because of "reputation damage?" No. I suppose it depends on whether you are primarily a trust-based business such as a CA. DigiNotar did go out of business.

In the same episode: Security professionals to be board-certified like doctors?

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Chris Ursich
Lyndhurst, Ohio
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The final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement has been released after more than five years of secret negotiations—and it's worse than we thought.
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Network Security Professional
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Networking & Security, Standards & process development, Technical documentation, Open source tools
Employment
  • AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
    Senior Security Analyst, 2015 - present
  • Hyland Software
    Network and Security Administrator, 2011 - 2015
    Responsible for the network & security infrastructure of Hyland's global OnBase Online cloud Enterprise Content Managment solution.
  • PolyOne
    Enterprise IT Security Architect, 2007 - 2011
    Responsible for the network & security infrastructure of PolyOne's datacenter and numerous plant & office locations.
  • Case Western Reserve University
    Network Security Engineer
    Responsible for the network & security infrastructure of CWRU's datacenters and campus.
  • General Electric
    Computer Scientist
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Lyndhurst, OH
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Richmond Heights, OH - Schenectady, NY
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Introduction
    I am a good engineer.
    I know how to draw.
    I know how to write.
    I know how to speak.
    I know how to think.
    I know how to coordinate.
    I know how to teach.
    If you are not interested in these things, hire someone else.  If, however, you are determined to build & maintain a high-quality technical operation, I would like to talk to you.
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    Education
    • Case Western Reserve University
      Computer Engineering, 1993 - 1998
    • Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School
      1989 - 1993
    • Saint Felicitas School
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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    Male
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    December 24, 1975
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