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Chris on NewsMax TV Speaking about American Sniper January 21, 2015

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NewsMaxI 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.”

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Chris Mark in the National Review (Smearing Snipers) January 16, 2015

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COBRAI 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, 2015

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LaunderingThe 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, 2015

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SilverStarThis 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…)

R&S Foundation (Charitable Organization for Recon, SARC, Snipers, and others) January 1, 2015

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RSFoundation“Honoring the Silent Professionals”

I am honored to announce the formation of a new charitable organization called the R&S Foundation.  The R&S Foundation (named for Recon & Sniper) was formed to help our veteran Brothers and Sisters in need.  Many are unaware that 22 veterans commit suicide per day.  Many more struggle with physical, emotional and financial challenges.  The Recon, Scout/Sniper, SARC, and MARSOC communities are in need of a foundation to help those who are in need of support.  The R&S Foundation was born of a simple idea.  Several years ago a Reconnaissance Sniper created a loose affiliation of Snipers, Recon Marines, SARCs, and MARSOC Marines which began informally helping each other.  From this seed of an early idea some brothers from the community took the proverbial bull by the horns and created the R&S Foundation.   Currently, the group is putting together the ‘non profit’ packet and have seated the Board of Directors (I am privileged to have been asked to be on the BOD).  If you get a chance, please take a look at the Facebook page and give us a ‘like’.  You can reach the Foundation by emailing; info@reconsniperfoundation.org

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