I Think Ankit Fadia Is A Fraud

2013-02-18 10:06:06 by chort

You may have heard of Ankit Fadia at some point through the main-stream media. At first glance, his story is one of those made-for-TV scripts of a child prodigy. What you probably don't know is he's widely believed in the security industry to be a charlatan. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course, but I invite you to read the long list of supporting evidence that has been compiled by the folks at attrition.org. Most damning, in my mind, is the lists of books Ankit Fadia "wrote" that contain blatant plagiarism. At the time of this writing, all 7 of his books reviewed by attrition.org contained plagiarism.

The message here is pretty clear: Don't use Ankit Fadia as a source for anything. The only thing he should be on TV for again is explaining why he ripped off so many people's work without giving them proper credit.

On Goals, Part 2: Call to Action

2013-02-02 14:42:42 by chort

In part 1 I outlined what I believe to be some of the fundamental, strategic problems facing Western society, and in a general sense how it applies to US businesses. In this part I'm going to relate that to specific courses of action and how anyone reading this can change their behavior to shape a better future.

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On Goals, Part 1: Statement of Values

2013-02-02 13:26:46 by chort

One of the things I don't do well, that I feel is characteristic of the InfoSec discipline as a whole, is setting goals. I'm talking about relevant, worthwhile, and attainable goals. In their absence, it's easy to busy ourselves with tactical issues.

When thinking about goals, it makes sense to first define your values, so you can choose goals that align with or advance your values. One of the values I hold dearly is building a future that my offspring have the opportunity to enjoy. That means many things, but one that I think about frequently is the global economic situation and where the Western world, particularly the United States of America fits into it. I think far too many people have allowed instant gratification to confuse tactical decisions with strategic decisions. If we're serious about giving our kids the opportunities we had, we need to make sure our nation and democratic values are strongly positioned in the global market.

If this all sounds very grand and abstract, that's because it is. Please be patient, since it's a necessary foundation for the rest of this post, which gets into very actionable and practical steps. It has everything to do with Information Security and how we live our daily lives.

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