The Attributer’s Blog – Trustable Execution

The recent revelations of the Meltdown and Spectre attacks on hardware CPUs brings us back to something that The Attributer has addressed in previous articles: emergent properties of complex systems. (See IB2 in 2016: the attribute Emergent). For those readers who might have missed that article, highly complex systems exhibit unexpected and unwanted behaviours that are the result of component […]

The Attributer’s Blog – Cyber Secured

Two years ago, in the last article of 2015, The Attributer previously published this same title. So why choose the title again? That previous article examined the global geo-political threat landscape and the reasons to take it seriously. In the final paragraph of the article The Attributer wrote: We need to shift into a different gear in our thinking and […]

The Attributer’s Blog – Private

The introduction of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in 2018 in the EU raises some new challenges for those involved in controlling and processing personal data, but it is also a great case study in risk ownership and governance. It demonstrates some concepts and principles that have long been central in the SABSA way of thinking. In this article we […]

The Attributer’s Blog – Traceably Owned

Today’s big buzzwords are ‘blockchain’ and Bitcoin, but the concept has been around since the 1990s. The Attributer himself in 1998 was consulting for one of the companies involved in the Bolero consortium, a project to digitise and dematerialise paper bills of lading (BoLs). A BoL is a negotiable financial instrument. Ownership of the bill means ownership of the cargo […]

The Attributer’s Blog – Info-Warfare Ready

It is January 2017, and as Donald Trump prepares to take over as the new President of the USA, the debate rumbles on about the possible hacking, leaking and disinformation associated with Hilary Clinton’s election campaign. So what should we make of these allegations? Let’s look at what we know. In March 2016 Hilary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, received […]

The Attributer’s Blog – Business Strategic

The Attributer writes this just after the announcement by Yahoo that, back in 2014, “state-sponsored” hackers stole information from about 500 million users in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history. What! And now you’re telling those users that they should “change their passwords”, some two years later. Isn’t that a bit late? Horses and stable […]

The Attributer’s Blog – Regression Planned

First reported in the Telegraph on 21st April 2016, and later by Channel Four News on 24th May 2016, was an incident affecting UK National Security that occurred during the previous year, on 13th June 2015. “Semaphore, the computer system that checks passengers on their way to the UK against watch lists of suspect individuals, had faltered after being flooded […]