Saturday, February 28, 2015

Only the paranoid survive

Andrew Grove's life is closely linked to Intel Corporation, which he led to the top. Grove was its third employee, its president in 1979 and CEO in 1987, a position that added Board Chairman in 1997. Grove has written several scientific books, but one dedicated to entrepreneurs stands out: "Only the Paranoid Survive. How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company". As he has well learned from technological world, keeping an active degree of paranoia is always a positive value.

Paranoia, by Katiew
Today's news remind us that paranoia, especially in information security, often gives us the reason. For example, they could call us paranoid if we made public our suspicions about Facebook employees entering in our accounts, without asking permission or notifying us. So well, Paavo Siljamäki, a record company's director, explains how in a visit at Facebook facilities an employee asked him if he could access his account for a demonstration, he accepted and, without asking his password, the employee entered.

Another paranoia that's on the net for weeks is that comeback of the download site "The Pirate Bay" could be a trap from law enforcement or cybercrime. More and more groups are warning about the truth of this paranoia, as old Pirate Bay technicians and moderators have dropped the site at the mercy of malicious individuals, who are uploading fake files with malicious code or asking for personal data who wants to download files. Watch Out!

Applications for mobile phones are also a fertile ground for our extreme paranoia. Let's read last FireEye study: researchers have analyzed more than 7 million apps for Android and Apple iOS phones. 96% of malware target Google Android and it's a very common practice to trojanize legitimate apps with any kind of malicious code. Another source of problems is third-party advertising software used by many mobile apps to display ads, that collects a huge amount of user’s data and transfers it in an insecure way. As for iOS, malicious code can now attack terminals without "jailbreak".

Holy paranoia! Even taking care we aren't totally safe. Tell that to people from Uber company, famous for bringing together people who want to share transport. Uber reported yesterday of unauthorized access to its databases, which occurred in May 2014 and involved theft of 50,000 driver's license numbers. According to the company, all victims have been notified.

Have a good Saturday, dear readers, and if you have time and are interested in network's leadership strategies, do not forget to check out Grove's book.


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