Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Podcast: Crypto-Gram 15 June 2007: Leave decoy cash and jewelry in an obvious place so a burglar will think he's found your stash and then leave.

from the Jun 15, 2007 Crypto-Gram Newsletter
by Bruce Schneier

* Rare Risk and Overreactions

If you want to do something that makes security sense, figure out what's common among a bunch of rare events, and concentrate your countermeasures there. Focus on the general risk of terrorism, and not the specific threat of airplane bombings using liquid explosives. Focus on the general risk of troubled young adults, and not the specific threat of a lone gunman wandering around a college campus. Ignore the movie-plot threats, and concentrate on the real risks.

* Tactics, Targets, and Objectives

If you encounter an aggressive lion, stare him down. But not a leopard; avoid his gaze at all costs. In both cases, back away slowly; don't run. If you stumble on a pack of hyenas, run and climb a tree; hyenas can't climb trees. But don't do that if you're being chased by an elephant; he'll just knock the tree down. Stand still until he forgets about you.

Leave decoy cash and jewelry in an obvious place so a burglar will think he's found your stash and then leave. And save the jewelry in a new secret place.

* Perpetual Doghouse: Meganet

cryptographic snake-oil

time 41:17
PS: this is my cheat sheet of Bruce Schneier's Podcast:
http://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram-0706.html

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