It might seem counterintuitive to have a separate Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM). After all, every month — practically every day — of the year is choked with newspaper headlines and breathless “breaking-news-as-we-come-on-the-air-tonight!” declarations from TV anchors about criminal cyber attacks enabled by cyber security failures. …


Life itself is a risky proposition. There’s an almost endless number of ways to get hurt, sick, or killed before your time. …


We are apparently about midway through software’s consumption of the world.

It was 2011 when Marc Andreessen, coauthor of Mosaic and cofounder of Netscape, famously said “software is eating the world.”

Then just last year Alfred Chuang, cofounder of BEA Systems (sold in 2008 to Oracle) and now general partner…


Computers have already made vehicles safer in multiple ways. …


It doesn’t get much more basic than food. Without it, everything else — the gadgets, toys, security, and conveniences of modern life — fades to irrelevancy. Food insecurity is health and life insecurity.

Which is why the nation’s agricultural industry is considered critical infrastructure. And which is also why, given…


Everybody knows what “carrot and stick” means in the world of incentives. The first offers pleasure, the other pain. One is a reward, the other a punishment. …


It’s the classic good-news / bad-news story about internet connectivity. The convenience is seductive. So are the cost savings. Increased efficiency makes good business sense. But the risks of being online can undermine all those advantages, especially if an organization fails to prepare for them.

And that’s the story of…


The U.S. heartland is often dismissed as “flyover country.” But it is essential — perhaps more than those on the coasts might want to admit. Because it’s also “feed-the-world” country.

Without flyover country — as in farm country — none of us would be eating at upscale restaurants or shopping…


If schools aren’t safe, not much else matters. Children can’t learn and teachers can’t teach effectively if they are worried about their security.

That’s why, in the wake of catastrophic mass shootings, school officials have dramatically tightened the physical security of education facilities. It’s why, since the start of the…


How risky is the online world? You could count the ways — and it would probably take you a while.

But that’s why they do what they do at security conferences, in exhaustive detail. Black Hat USA 2021 in Las Vegas last week covered the online threat landscape in more…

Taylor Armerding

I’m a security advocate at the Synopsys Software Integrity Group. I write mainly about software security, data security and privacy.

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