Monday, January 19, 2015

Idea Channel : The Uncertain Connection Between North Korea and Hackers

Once again, the Idea Channel covers an information security topic, and it's a really different perspective from the ones I've read about inside the information security echo chamber.

Abstraction is, I think, often a useful device for simplifying a subject, or at least glossing over the tiny details that would otherwise slow down the communication of ideas. The danger in doing so, however, is that many people (especially those who are less familiar with the subject in question) aren't aware of or appreciative of those tiny details and wind up building upon the abstraction in questionable ways and even arriving at erroneous conclusions. That's the fear in the information security community - that policy makers don't have the technical knowledge or discipline to use mental shortcuts about technical issues responsibly and are going off half cocked.