Friday, August 28, 2009

Links for a Friday

I need time to calm down before commenting further on this, but I believe this Slate article may be one of the stupidest and most irresponsible things you read on technology this year.

On the other hand, this 147k, 20 page PDF from NIST, their draft of NISTIR 7621, Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals is one of the best things I've seen recently.  Nothing earth-shattering, but it is a very good document on small business security.  It is readable, explains the rationale for its recommendations, and while 20 pages isn't short, it is a quick read.  By the way, some people wonder why I dwell on small businesses so much, this quote from 7621 may help you understand:

"In the United States, the number of small businesses totals to over 95% of all businesses.  The small business community produces around 50% of our nation’s Gross National Product (GNP) and creates around 50% of all new jobs in our country.  Small businesses, therefore, are a very important part of our nation’s economy.  They are a significant part of our nation’s critical economic and cyber infrastructure."