Can We Afford Privacy from Surveillance?
Will the economics of improving IT lead us to more or less personal privacy? Our ability to protect from surveillance the personal information that we store and transmit digitally is in question; it's not about living off the grid, it's about affording the privacy of our information that's already on the grid. Read full article »
Improving App Privacy: Nudging App Developers to Protect User Privacy
Smartphone app developers make many privacy-related decisions on what data to collect about users and how that data is used. Here, the authors identify several hurdles preventing app developers from improved privacy behaviors and suggest some nudges that would help app developers improve user privacy. Read full article »
Seeking Editor in Chief
The IEEE Computer Society seeks applicants for the position of editor in chief, serving a two-year term starting 1 January 2016. The EIC would need to be available for training and interim activity beginning 1 October 2015.
Prospective candidates are asked to provide (as PDF files), by 1 August 2014, a complete curriculum vitae, a brief plan for the publication's future, and a letter of support from their
institution or employer.
Qualifications and Requirements
Candidates for any IEEE Computer Society editor in chief position should possess a good understanding of industry, academic, and government aspects of the specific publication's field. In addition, candidates must demonstrate the managerial skills necessary to process manuscripts through the editorial cycle in a timely fashion. An editor in chief must be able to attract respected experts to his or her editorial board.
Major responsibilities include
- actively soliciting high-quality manuscripts from potential authors and, with support from publication staff, helping these authors publish their manuscripts;
- identifying and appointing editorial board members, with the concurrence of the Publications Board;
- selecting competent manuscript reviewers, with the help of editorial board members, and managing timely reviews of manuscripts;
- directing editorial board members to seek special-issue proposals and manuscripts in specific areas;
- providing a clear, broad focus through promotion of personal vision and guidance where appropriate; and
- resolving conflicts or problems as necessary.
Applicants should possess recognized expertise in the computer science and computer security community, and must have clear employer support.
For more information on the search process and to submit application materials for IEEE Security & Privacy, please contact: Kathy Clark-Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authentication at Scale
Arguing that it's time to give up on elaborate password rules, Google Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and engineer Mayank Upadhyay present a better way to achieve stronger user identification. Read full article »
Silver Bullet Security Podcast with Gary McGraw
On the 103rd episode of the Silver Bullet Security Podcast, Gary talks with Brian Krebs, reporter and blogger at Krebs on Security. Gary and Brian discuss how growing up with a computer affected their future careers in security, MUD vs. MAD, why "old media" can't support in-depth security reporting, and why the government continues to be five years behind the security curve. They close out talking about Brian's experience of writing Spam Nation. More podcast episodes »