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.

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Mired in methodology

A colleague of mine and I often use the term M&Ms when describing an IT organization or a component of one – as in "They are just a bunch of M&Ms." When doing so, we aren't referring to chocolatey goodness but to organizations that are Mired in Methodology.

August 12, 2005 by Ramon Padilla


DC area cities take opposing tacks to Wi-Fi

The ongoing debate about munipal wireless is should cities build the infrastructure themselves or should they outsource it to commercial providers. In the Washington area, two local governments are taking different approaches, according to the Washington Times.

August 12, 2005 by ZDNet


Feds hang out with hackers at Defcon

Once upon a time there was virtually no distance between the Defense establishment and cutting-edge computer visionaries. Most of the groundbreaking research that has yielded today's Internet, personal computers and interactive software was done by scientists working on defense and intelligence projects.

August 11, 2005 by Richard Koman


DHS asks industry to help with cybersecurity

Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff underscored the department's emphasis on cybersecurity, speaking at the InfraGard National Conference in Washington on Wednesday, according to PC World. Chertoff called for a "21st century style of organization" with government agencies working closely with private companies.

August 11, 2005 by ZDNet


Court fight ahead over VoIP wiretap ruling

Companies offering voice services over the Internet are likely to fight the FCC’s recent ruling that VoIP services are subject to wiretaps (PDF), just like traditional phone providers. Kurt Opsahl, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told TopTechNews, "It's likely, because it really stretches the [Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA)] statute to the breaking point," he told TopTechNews.

August 11, 2005 by ZDNet

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National Vulnerabilities Database launched

The National Institute of  Standards and Technology has launched the National Vulnerabilities Database (NVD), a comprehensive collection of computer security weaknesses. NVD collates cybersecurity warnings from various US government sources, including the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT).

August 10, 2005 by ZDNet