Friday, September 14, 2007

New Doublespeak from GW

 For whatever reason the Bush Administration has decided we no longer need the US Commerce Technology Administration (TA) to help US businesses compete in the global market.
Maybe they are right that we don't need feds telling private industry how to compete. That makes sense to me on a basic level, but why can't they just say that?

Can't they just say "This agency and it's mission is not valid, no longer needed, whatever argument they have" ?

No, they have to say it like this:

"In his latest budget request, President Bush proposed to 'modernize' TA by dramatically cutting its budget from $6 million to $1.6 million and then essentially eliminating it."

Please Note:

"modernize" =/= cutting its budget from $6 million to $1.6 million .or. eliminating it

That's Orwellian doublespeak if I've ever seen it. Check wiki here.

Read the source Government Executive article here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

I've stopped caring about your data...

If you have a wireless network at home or work and don't secure it, I no longer care about your data losses. Really.

Pictures of your kids? Nope.
Your checkbook data? Not even.
Your tax information? Nah.

I've talked until I'm blue in the face and still companies, agencies and regular people just ignore the security of their wireless networks. I've told everyone I know, I've spoken at conferences, I've written guides and papers for agencies and still wireless is a total nightmare. And really, I've had enough.

Now, I'm really a nobody in the world of wireless security evangelism. Compared to others, I've talked to a tiny group of folks. My impact has only been on my colleagues and family, direct clients, and the few folks who attended one of a couple conference presentations. But the word is out there, and almost everyone has heard about the 'dangers'. I mean really, it's on mainstream nightly newscasts all the time.

And it still gets ignored. If your wireless network is open, you can only blame yourself

So, no more.
You carelessly open your network to the outside world? -- Your problem.
You lose your data? -- I don't care.
Have someone use you network for crimes? -- Sucks for you.
Your identity stolen and your credit destroyed? -- Tough nuts.
Your client data exposed to scammers and criminals? -- You should pay.

Later, why I still care about your insecure wireless network.