David Gewirtz

David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

Latest Posts

DHS security still full of holes

Despite much work done since last year, the Dept. of Homeland Security still has not corrected numerous security holes, many of which were previously identified. For instance, sensitive devices were sometimes accessible with a well-known group or default password.

August 23, 2005 by ZDNet


ID theft fears as Air Force, public univesities are hacked

An Air Force database was breached allowing hackers access to personally identifying information to 33,000 employees, mostly active duty officers. Identity theft is also a huge concern at universities, both public and private, which may account for as many as half of the identity theft breaches.

August 23, 2005 by Richard Koman


Of datacenters, real and virtual

Given all of the activity in consolidating and streamlining government datacenters, this post on IBM's Mainframe Blog provides excellent context for thinking about virtualization and datacenters. John Patrick writes: People have talked about the death of the mainframe for years but after seeing the Z9, you can be sure they are not going away for a very long time.

August 22, 2005 by ZDNet


Virus creates long lines

Computer viruses create more damage than just wasting time and resources. Every so often, we see the real-world impact of viruses, as on Thursday, when a virus shut down Customs Dept.

August 22, 2005 by ZDNet


"Two-Minute Warning"

For a daily quick hit on computer security news, check out the "Two-Minute Warning," from Citadel. It's a streaming audio newscast of developments in viruses, vulnerabilities, and other news.

August 22, 2005 by ZDNet


A high school without textbooks

The AP reports that Empire High School in Vail, Ariz., has shunned textbooks altogether, instead supplying each student with an Apple iBook laptop computer.

August 19, 2005 by Richard Koman


Should court records be online?

A committee advising the Florida Supreme Court recommended yesterday that official court documents should go online in the interest of open government but there need to be certain safeguards against the release of personal information, CNET News.com reports.

August 19, 2005 by ZDNet