Harlem’s Back After A Great Reason for Being Away

After a bit of a break, I’m back. I’m VERY happy to say that I’ve been away due to my wife giving birth to our lovely daughter Esmeralda Valentina. She was, surprise-surprise, born on Valentine’s Day. Thanks to Swedish law, I’m in the midst of the 10-days off I’m permitted. It’s wonderful and then some. Both my wife and Esme are asleep next to me on the couch as I’m typing this. Life is good (thank you Lord!). πŸ˜€ But I do actually have something technical to write about today!

I received a very interesting tip from a Norwegian viking who keeps an eye on things IT security related. It has to do with Dynamic Access Random Memory (DRAM) [NOTE: Before I go any further, let me confess I too was guilty of such a belief before the Viking’s tip].

It appears the clever folks at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton have discovered a way not only to access the information that remains on a computer’s DRAM, but also to delay the fading of the memory, and, of course, to possibly use some of the information from the DRAM to break the encryption on the hard disk. Click here to see for yourself just how easy things can be for people who know what to do.

While I’m fascinated in the techno-geek sense, I can’t say I’m surprised. I believe there will always be someone out there making discoveries like these, and quite frankly I’m glad. That’s how we got to where we are technologically today. Some would call it progress. Nevertheless, I’m not at all saying we should not address such discoveries in a cautious, security-minded sense either. Quite the opposite, and I’m speaking from experience. After all I work for a large organization that has arguably some of the worst security awareness practices I’ve ever experienced in my professional life (and I’ve worked in other large organizations that were on the opposite end of the spectrum in being arguably the best in the world at IT security). I’m not exaggerating here, though I so wish I was. Don’t get me wrong! It’s not for lack of trying on the side of the folks in charge of IT security. No, no, no. They’re trying pretty hard, but they’re swimming against a tsunami of a lax-about-security-tide in a culture of folks accustomed to getting their way so much that they’re, in my humble opinion, a danger to the very network they use. Further evidence of this culture would be where the position of the CIO is in the organization. It’s not even in the top three tiers of the executive level. Are you feeling my pain, folks?

Okay. Enough griping!

WOW! I just looked at my newborn little girl sleeping in her cherub-like pose, and life suddenly got 100% better! All I did was look at her! I love that. (Thanks God! πŸ™‚ )

Long story short, progress is going to happen even when you have some who don’t want to move along with it. Also, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t teach them to respect IT security. (lol)



One thought on “Harlem’s Back After A Great Reason for Being Away

  1. Not sure what the connection is (RAM and babies) but I saw the article. Very interesting! Lots of RAMification you might say.

    Anyway, congrats again.
    Later πŸ˜‰

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