Winn Schwartau

Winn Schwartau is the president of Interpact, Inc., a security awareness consulting firm, and the author of many books including " Information Warfare," " CyberShock," " Time Based Security" and " Internet and Computer Ethics for Kids." His popular speeches entertain government and commercial audiences on three continents.

Schwartau: Defending against global information war

The recent attack on the Internet’s root servers (see was more than just a few hackers having fits and giggles with the DNS. In fact, the incident could be the first volley in global information warfare...

The U.S. Department of FUD?

The U.S. government recently warned financial firms and services of an al-Qaida call for a cyberattack against online stock trading and banking Web sites. The Islamic militant group wants to "penetrate and destroy the databases of the...

From Russia, with luck

Your global business partners may not have the same network security concerns you have - if they have any at all. On a recent 10-day sojourn in Eastern Europe, I learned a great deal about that region's take on security. It is...

Would you hire Dubai to run your network?

In the debate about the ports issue, not enough people reduced the question to its basics: How does this or any other action affect national or network security? Let's look at the details of what outsourcing really means. Let's manage...

Going above and beyond

In April 2005, Apple introduced the OS X 10.4, also known as Tiger. In January, it announced MacTel computing. And now imagine desktop and laptop computers that don't crash for months at a time.

Terrorist support or mere fraud?

One of the last vestiges of critical infrastructure protection is apparently being scaled and destroyed. Companies are violating every common-sense security premise I have ever known, cracking (illegally or not) the people component...

With VoIP, it's déjà vu all over again

If your company is planning to exploit the incredible power, flexibility and cost savings offered by VoIP, there are two things you need to know: VoIP people don't think like IP people; security is going to be a nightmare.

When management sets the wrong security culture

To see two major remote banking systems designed with such holes suggests that the application development folks are using weak security as a trade-off for a simpler customer experience.

Mad as hell, switching to Mac

In the coming weeks I'm going to keep a diary of an experiment my company began at 6 p.m. April 29, 2005 - an experiment predicated on the hypothesis that the WinTel platform represents the greatest violation of the basic tenets of...

It's time to redefine identity

The BBB Identity Fraud Survey shows that only 11.6% of ID theft cases occur online. The rest comes from traditional offline physical means: lost ID, checks, credit cards, stolen mail and dumpster diving. Yet we still rely on static...

Different vendors, better security

Microsoft is getting into the security game. Some folks say, "It's about time." Others say, "Haven't they had security for years?" I look it at it quite differently.

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