Category: "Sources"

Introduction to the Sources category

  By Hagai Bar-El   , 86 words
Categories: Sources

This category contains posts that endorse (or just discuss) sources of information, such as: books, articles, podcasts, etc.

Like most other people, I read much less than I want to, and I never endorse sources (such as books or podcasts) unless I read or listened to them myself. Therefore, you probably do not want to restrict your education to whatever is posted under this category…

Lastly, if you think that you have a source to endorse (first hand only), then guest posts will be happily considered.

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  2013-02-22

Book Review: Liars and Outliers

  By Hagai Bar-El   , 189 words
Categories: Sources

I finally got to read Bruce Schneier’s new book: “Liars and Outliers". The book is pleasant to read, but truth be told, I was slightly, just slightly, disappointed.

The book is written in Bruce’s style, which I like and appreciate. Like all of his books and essays, it is crystal clear, and is extremely well-written. It is written in a way that makes it comprehensible by absolutely everyone. Not too many people with Bruce’s knowledge can write in such clear style.

What I less liked about this book is its overall triviality. Bruce Schneier is excellent in using trivial down-to-earth facts and notions to get his point across. This is one of the best features of his texts. However, in “Liars and Outliers” I feel it went a bit too far. The book does not take you from the trivial to the “Wow!” but mostly repeats the discussion of trivial phenomenons that bring to trivial conclusions. The discussions are interesting, and the points made are valid and worthy, but I cannot avoid suspecting that the book could be cut down to half of its length without losing much of its substance.

  2011-03-05

Book review: The Myths of Innovation, by Scott Berkun

  By Hagai Bar-El   , 220 words
Categories: Sources

I have just finished reading The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun. This 248-pages book describes how the work on innovation, and innovation in general, deviate from how we often perceive it, and from how it is presented by the media. It essentially carries the message that innovation is not some “magic” happening, but rather it is a lot of hard work, often carried out by many people.

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  2010-11-05

Recommended Podcast: Security Now

  By Hagai Bar-El   , 307 words
Categories: Sources

There are many IT security podcasts out there; too many, perhaps. Certainly too many to listen to. The challenge is to decide on which ones to follow on a regular basis. I became aware of a good candidate a couple of years ago, and since it retained its qualities (listed below) over time, I figured it is worth mentioning.

This podcast is called: “Security Now” and it is featured by Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte. Leo is a good host. He manages the show and its topics well, all in a healthy, joyful, spirit. Steve is a well-known security expert, and the creator of SpinRite — a disk maintenance and recovery tool.

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  2005-11-12

Evaluating Commercial Counter-Forensic Tools

  By Hagai Bar-El   , 548 words
Categories: IT Security, Sources

I have just enjoyed reading “Evaluating Commercial Counter-Forensic Tools” by Matthew Geiger from Carnegie Mellon University. The paper presents failures in commercially-available applications that offer covering the user’s tracks. These applications perform removal of (presumably) all footprints left by browsing and file management activities, and so forth. To make a long story short: seven out of seven such applications failed, to this or that level, in fulfilling their claims.

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