Cyber security, once again!

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Title screen for the Betty Boop cartoon series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All right, I’m a control freak when it comes to cyber security. I know it, you know it too. It’s no big surprise that I’ve just ended my last MOOC for this year and it’s related to this matter.

Once again I’ve used the FutureLearn platform, one of the best places to find free courses, to pick up a two-week course about the basics of cyber security for Small and Medium Enterprises. Yes, it’s about how to raise the awareness and about the understanding of this kind of risks. In the Trump-era the bar for the security has to be raised higher, no need to explain the reasons why.

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62 trillion USD and a lever that could lift a world

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There’s a sentence, maybe apocryphal, attributed to the famous proto-scientist Archimedes: “Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world.”; this is one of most cited sentence ever and the basic idea is clear: with the proper fulcrum and the right lever, even the biggest things can be moved.

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Open letter to Mr.Stiglitz

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Dear Sir,
I’m an Italian citizen with some understanding about what’s going on in my country. This post is an open letter to you and to the people at Business Insider. I have just read this article (LINK), where my country is poised as the next big threat to Eurozone and to the sheer existence of the Euro currency.

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Brexit – the day after

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All right, here we are. The UK held the exit-or-leave referendum and democracy worked again. Like it or not, UK leaves the EU and we’re in a new day, waiting for the future to happen.

What will happen now? Prime Minister David Cameron will accomplish to the article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty (see HERE) giving communication of the results of the referendum to the European Council. From that day, a two-year term starts and at the end of that term, if nothing else happens, every EU treaty subscription from the UK will be declared void. If the UK government starts to negotiate with the EU Commission about the said treaties, this period will be extended for the time needed. Cameron could ask to differ the start of said two-years period to October 2016 – in order to hand over the PM duties to a new leader.

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Spending for the future

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I think that we all hear the same old story, no matter the country you live in. “We should stop to waste money on space-related programs, there are so many problems to be solved here! Who cares for probes, telescopes and stuff like that when we have so many people suffering on Earth?”

At first, such an argument could sound good. We have a number of ongoing wars, there are a lot of people under the minimum living conditions, a declining global ecology and  other worrying stuff at hand.

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No bank is safe, just remember it

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English: A speech in The New York Times newsroom after the announcement of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was reading a cool article from NYT (here) about possible links between hacking operations and heist made thru international networks. I was also wondering about the perception of bank’s security today, as seen from the everyday client.

You see, I work in the IT and I know for sure how much money has been invested in the last three decades to have the best security level possible, not to mention all the national and international laws made to protect sensible data at any level.

Truth is, no open system is 100% safe. No matter how good are the security standards, how much money and efforts have been set up and what else incredible instrument you could imagine. At the very core of any system, there will be human operators. They are the weak spot.

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