The greatest financial losses from cybersecurity breaches, the top 5 cyber intrusion methods, all have one (1) thing in common. The number 1 issue is we don’t keep our email secure and we lack common sense..
Plus email is based on an ancient protocol that was never designed for security. (facepalm)
/snark/ No way! TLS is only responding on 587!? Nobody will ever figure that out. /end-snark/
In short – I can barely find the humor in this. The problem is – you, me, and all of us.Grifters are part of life. We have to adapt.
So this was OUR day. Honestly, pretty typical. Graphed. And this is filtered for noise already (excludes honeypot and silly scans, but includes most of the rest.)
The headline is ridiculous. But I couldn’t make this up in my wildest dreams. Yes, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and association management systems (AMS) are all interconnected. And the primary connection is Russia.
Stay with me for a second, get a cup of coffee, and read on.
First cryptocurrency isn’t a thing. It’s two parts. I try to explain cryptocurrency like this:
BlockChain = Clipboard with a piece of paper. You check stuff in and out until you are out of paper. Some clipboards have more sheets of paper than others.
Scarcity – Scarce object = some mathematically difficult to produce number. Or controlled by an authority like the Private Federal Reserve in the US.
Picture a clip board. And you are checking in and out some token. That token only has value if it delivers value. And the best way to determine that is really a classic economics popularity contest.
These are not tulips. Blockchain is a tech that will disrupt everything from how we do a Turn-Around at the Olefins units at LyondellBassell, to how BP manages wind farms, to how carfax will be disrupted by a VIN blockchain startup.
What does this have to do with Association Management Systems?
If you can’t access the code, self host if you want, and export ALL of your data when you want, well, why not? Why does anyone in the NonProfit / NPO / NGO / Association Management space tolerate that in 2018? It is 2018, right?
If you signed up with a company where the deal was “too good to be true”…. um…. ya, think that one through again. They have to pay people, so they are either funded by someone, or they are selling your data.
YOU are part of the problem with InfoWars and Propaganda in the US. (is that too blunt? Nope.) For example: Wild Apricot / Personify.
HOWEVER: Note: Congress just passed a tax law nobody really understands. And economists have no idea if the projections are in any way realistic. They literally do NOT know what will happen, just that they lowered corporate taxes and eliminated the health care mandate. I’ll get back to that topic.
To distract all of us, in obvious post-dystopian style, they repealed NetNeutrality. Hence everyone who cares about equality and has a voice is now distracting everyone from the tax bill which reduces equality further. #awesome
You go to the gym. You pay for a gym membership. The gym is a business and it’s gotta pay the bills. I’m cool with that. When you lift, there is etiquette.. but basically we all share the same machines or weights. Sometimes we have to wait in the same line if the gym is busy. That’s life.
Now…. imagine going to the gym in an alternate universe without Net Neutrality. It works like this:
Or…. if you are poor. Or small. Or different. You can only use the first three machines and you have to wait to do it.
If you are middle class, you get to use the first 6 machines but you also have to wait,just not as long.
BONUS ROUND! – If you are in Government or RICH you get to use all 500 machines at the gym with no wait.
Cable companies are famous for high prices and poor service. Several rank as the most hated companies in America. Now, they’re lobbying the FCC and Congress to end net neutrality. Why? It’s simple: if they win the power to slow sites down, they can bully any site into paying millions to escape the “slow lane.” This would amount to a tax on every sector of the American economy. Every site would cost more, since they’d all have to pay big cable. Worse, it would extinguish the startups and independent voices who can’t afford to pay. If we lose net neutrality, the Internet will never be the same.
They literally just broke the Internet. #WTF
I’m speechless. Excuse the pun. But feel free to google a few terms.
And the tech sector should realize it’s own values: if Apple doesn’t think it’s worth a few Billion Dollars of repatriated earnings to defend Net Neutrality and support the EFF, if Zuckerberg doesn’t buy his own congressmen, if Microsoft doesn’t use it’s leverage to defend free speech, then Silicon Valley needs to accept that WE ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.
Each of us personally, and all of us together, require attention to three basic needs: protection, provided primarily by our governments; consumption, provided primarily by our businesses; and affiliation, found especially in our communities.
With regard to the last of these, between our individualized and collective natures, we are social beings who crave human relationships: we need to belong and identify, especially in a world of so much isolated individualism. Accordingly, a healthy society combines respected governments in the public sector, responsible businesses in the private sector, and robust communities in the plural sector. Weaken any one of these and a society falls out of balance.
If the private sector is about individual ownership and the public sector is about collective citizenship, then the plural sector is about shared communityship.16