Chris Mark on NPR “Here and Now” talking about R&S Foundation January 22, 2015Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
Tags: charity, chris kyle, Chris Mark, Here and Now, NPR, R&S Foundation, scout, sniper, USMC
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I was asked to interview for NPR’s “Here and Now” related to the movie American Sniper and the role of snipers in combat. This was the result of writing an article for the National Review on the same subject. If you are interested in listening to the interview, you can listen to it here. Most importantly, I was able to get some well needed press for the R&S Foundation (Recon and Sniper). This is a charity formed to help those brothers in our community (and other service members and veterans) who may be struggling. We just found out that we lost another one of brothers yesterday. Please visit www.SniperFoundation.org
Chris on NewsMax TV Speaking about American Sniper January 21, 2015Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
Tags: American Sniper, chris kyle, Chris Mark, iraq, R&S Foundation, scout, sniper, Steve Malzberg
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I was invited to speak to NewsMax TV about the various comments related to Chris Kyle and the sniper community at large that have been circulating. I am always honored to have the opportunity to represent the larger sniper community and dispel the myth that we are somehow heartless killing machines or knuckle dragging troglodytes. Thank you NewsMax for the opportunity! You can read the article created from the transcript: “Ex Marine Sniper: Michael Moore Clueless about Us.”
Chris Mark in the National Review (Smearing Snipers) January 16, 2015Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
Tags: American, chris kyle, Chris Mark, Marines R&S Foundation, scout, sniper
I was asked to write a review of the movie American Sniper. The National Review asked for a ‘sniper’s’ perspective on the movie. I asked if I could write a larger piece on how snipers are maligned as ‘hate filled killers’ and ‘murderers’. I am excited that I was given the opportunity to tell a story that is not often told. I am grateful to the National Review for providing the opportunity to give insight into the dangerous job of being a sniper. The name o the article is “Smearing Snipers; What Many Americans Don’t Get About Our Warrior Elite” If you are so inclined, please consider donating to the R&S Foundation. We are a group of volunteer former Reconnaissance Marines and Scout Snipers who work to support our brothers in need. You can donate here. Thank you for anything you can give!…
Dr. Heather Mark in ACAMS Today (Dec, 2014 – Feb, 2015 edition) January 9, 2015Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
Tags: ACAMS, AML, CAMS, CCES, Heather Mark, Money Laundering, TPPPs
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The incomparable Dr. Heather Mark, PhD, CAMS, CCEP, CISSP, CIPP has a new article out in ACAMS Today. This is “The Magazine for Career-Minded Professionals in the Anti-Money Laundering Field”. The title of her article is “TPPPs, the fine line between risk and effectiveness.” You can read the article here! The article discusses third party payment processors (TPPPs) and the balance between regulatory risk and benefits.
Email, Meta Data and Non Repudation (“It wasn’t me!”…Shaggy) January 9, 2015Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
Tags: authentication, email, network solutions, non repudiation, silver star, Stolen Valor
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This is a simple primer on email, authentication and ‘non repudiation. To understand ‘non repudation’ as it applies to information security, it is important to understand repudiation. Repudiation is simply the act of denying or renouncing something. A suspect stating that they did not commit a crime is repudiating the crime. Non-repudiation is a concept in which a “..a party in a dispute cannot repudiate, or refute the validity of a statement or contract” Within information security this means that a person cannot dispute that he or she was the origin of an action. We will use email as an example.
Suppose a person (person A) sends an email to another person (person B) in 2011 in which they attach a document including claims to military heroics which resulted in the awarding of some honor..say a Bronze Star. Later, after it was discovered that person A was not awarded the bronze star and people began to question them Person A decided to disavow any association with said email or reference to the Bronze Star. In short, they have repudiated the claim that they sent the email and created the document. Person A goes a step further and claims that the document and the email were “forgeries” intended to sully their (Person’ A’s) good name. Is it possible to demonstrate with a high degree of confidence (or even certainty) that Person A was indeed the originator of the email and the author of the document? YES! This is where ‘non repudiation’ or the ability to prevent someone from disputing the action is important.
To understand how this can be achieved, there are a few concepts related to email that should be discussed.
1) Authentication- Authentication is is described on wikipedia as: “…the act of establishing or confirming something (or someone) as authentic, that is, that claims made by or about the subject are true”. You can read more in an earlier blog post titled Security 101; Authentication. Authentication is an important part of access control and email. Email access control is managed by two components. 1) the user who is assigned a username and 2) the password or other authentication mechanism used to ‘authenticate’ to the system. By using the correct password that is only known to the user, the system ‘authenticates’ their access and allows them to access the email. The rigor of the authentication provides greater confidence that the person is the originator of the email. While ‘multi factor’ authentication provides the greatest confidence, a password also provides very strong non-repudiation for most purposes. (more…)