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Judge Tells Criminal a father should have “beat the hell” out of him to prevent crime… July 17, 2014

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Callahan2While this is not security related, I feel I have to comment on this social issue.  According to reports, Wayne County Judge James Callahan told Latrez Cummings that the “…young man who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist needed a father to “beat the hell” out of him as a kid to discourage him from committing such a crime…”  Mr. Cummings was sentenced to six months in jail for his participation in the gang beating of Steve Utash who was beaten after hitting a child with his truck on a Detroit street.  Do I think Cummings is a criminal who should be in jail? Absolutely.  Do I think, as Judge Callahan stated that a child needs: “someone to discipline you. Someone to beat the hell out of you when you made a mistake, as opposed to allowing you or encouraging you to do it to somebody else.”  No.  The fact that a sitting judge would reduce the factors involved in criminality to simply not ‘beating a child’ enough or believe that the way to deter such behavior is through ‘beating a child’ is offensive and demonstrates why our justice system in the  US is in shambles.  Judge Callahan clearly does not believe that women (moms) are capable of raising or disciplining children and appears to be believe that the only effective way to deter aberrant behavior is to beat a child.  This is ignorant at best, and dangerous at its worse.  There are many reasons for crime.  Judge Callahan needs to learn more about crime prevention and less about ‘beating children’.  

Chris Mark @ AT&Ts #ChatDPD talking about Privacy July 8, 2014

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HeadshotChris2013_COMPJoin AT&T tomorrow (July 9th) at 3pm Eastern for an AT&T Small Business Twitter discussion where we will be answering questions related to privacy.  You can tweet your questions in real time or follow us in real time at: https://twitter.com/hashtag/chatdpd?f=realtime  I look forward to catching up on Twitter!

Chris Mark in July 2014 of TransactionWorld (Proximate Reality) July 1, 2014

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july coverJuly’s issue of TransactionWorld Magazine was just released.  Click here to read my latest article, “Understanding Proximate Reality to Improve Security”  Here is a preview..

“Various reports are published annually that analyze data breaches, opine on the root causes of the data theft and frequently ascribe blame to one party or another. It always invites scrutiny when a well-known security firm or analyst makes a definitive statement such as “X% of breaches could have been prevented through the implementation of basic controls, such as patching.” 

This position is not only inconsistent with accepted risk management practices, but also confuses the basic concepts of correlation and causation while ignoring the very human element of adaptation. Unfortunately, companies that subscribe to these simplistic views of the industry and threats are exposing themselves to very real dangers. As supported by the increasing number of breaches identified each year, information security is no longer a domain for amateurs and requires the application of lessons learned from domains such as intelligence, anti-terrorism, and decision science to make effective decisions.

Two important concepts borrowed from the intelligence and anti-terrorism domains can be used to help CSOs and others make relevant decisions related to their risk posture and other aspects of data security. These concepts are known as Proximate Reality and Adaptive Threats.”  Read More!

Now Open! Vets4InfoSec.com Online Community for Vets Interested in InfoSec June 30, 2014

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iStock_000016696389XSmallA few weeks ago I put up a Facebook page for Veterans who may be interested learning more about Information Security.  The response was much greater than I had expected.  In response, I have setup an online community for Veterans interested in learning more about the field.  You can join at www.Vets4InfoSec.com  for FREE!…The objective of the group is to provide a forum for education, discussion, and networking for veterans and current service members who are interested in transitioning or simply wanting to learn more about information security.  If you are not a service member or veteran and want to help contribute to the body of knowledge and provide expertise, please feel free to join, as well.    A number of veterans have made the leap from military to InfoSec.  The current head of the PCI SSC is a Former Marine Grunt!…I am a former Grunt and a number of other folks have moved over… It is a great career and something that is well positioned for military members to have success.

Chris Mark speaking on PCI at a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) event 2013 June 29, 2014

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I was privileged to be able to speak at an AT&T BPO event in 2013.  In Feb 2014 AT&T Marketing published the videos.  I found one but was unaware they had published all 3. I hope you enjoy. (remember…the camera adds 10 lbs! ;)

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