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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Prepare for more scrutiny after SEC's SOX failure, says Gartner

Earlier this week, CNet News.com reported that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the SEC found that the organization, ironically, did not have effective internal control over financial reporting, pointing to weaknesses in its information security and accountancy practices.

June 30, 2005 by Christopher Jablonski

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Legislative solutions to security problems

One thing I learned working for government is that if you don't solve your own problems, the legislature will do it for you--and you probably won't like the results.  So it was with Sarbanes-Oxley and, perhaps, now with a data privacy and security.

June 30, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Reducing the cost of health care

At the May meeting of the National Association of State CIOs, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt had some bad news about Medicaid: "Medicaid expenditures will exceed public education expenditures for the first time this year. If health care begins to push out all other priorities, it throws off the economic equation.

June 28, 2005 by Phil Windley

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The Supremes Rule Against Grokster

The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision this morning, ruled that "One who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright ... is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties using the device, regardless of the device's lawful uses.

June 27, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Arthur on why IT matters

Steve Fulling, CIO of Sento Corp wrote me to say he'd heard W. Brian Arthur, a Santa Fe Institute economist, speak last night on why IT matters.

June 21, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Can your IT shop compete?

Last week, I decided I wanted a new Moto Razr cell phone. I could have taken my purchasing card down to the Cingular store and gotten one that night, but I decided I'd play by the rules.

June 16, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Staying out of the news

It seems like every week now there's a story about another company losing control of digital identity data. The problem, of course, is that when your identity data is lost by some company, the chances that your identity will be stolen go up.

June 13, 2005 by Phil Windley

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InfoCard and Web Services

Over at the IT Garage, Doc Searls goes through some history of Microsoft's InfoCard initiative and asks some good questions.  InfoCard is an identity metasystem that Doc correctly describes as a "barn raising project" led by Microsoft.

June 6, 2005 by Phil Windley

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