Normally by this time of year things slow down, people go on vacation, and we get to relax a bit, but not this year. At least not for me. It has been seven days a week here for a while, playing catch-up with all the freakin’ research projects going on. And I have wanted to comment on a ton of news items, but have not had the time. So this week’s summary consists of comments on a few headlines I have not had any other the chance to comment on. Here we go:

All I can think about when I read these stories on NSA spying and Snowden news items: It is criminal for you, the public, to know our secrets. But it’s totally okay for us to spy on you. Nothing to worry about. Move along now.

Love Square. Great product. Disruptive payment medium. But it has been reported they want to create a marketplace to compete with eBay, Amazon and – my interpretation, not something they have stated – craigslist. So let me ask you: Are they friggin’ nuts?

Speaking of crazy, why would anyone claim HP is too late to enter the big data race? Has their tardiness in rolling out big data or big-data-like technologies hurt them in the SIEM space? No question. But general big data services is a very new market, and the race for leadership in packaged services has not even begun yet.

Was I the only one shocked to learn RSA’s call for papers started this week? WTF? Didn’t I just get back from that conference? We are still a month away from Black Hat. It is currently 109F here in Phoenix, and all I want to do is find a cold beer and keep out of the heat. This just does not feel like the time to be thinking about presentation outlines… But if you want to present next February consider this a friendly reminder.

For those three of you who have been emailing me about passwords and password managers because of my comments during the Key Management webcast last week, it’s okay. We will continue to use passwords here and there. I like password managers. Corporate and personal. I use them every day. But passwords will be replaced by tokens and identity certificates for Internet services because a) identity tokens allow us to do much more with identity and authorization than we can with passwords, and b) tokens remove the need to store password hashes on the server. Which is a another way of saying passwords can’t do what certificates do.

On to the Summary:

Webcasts, Podcasts, Outside Writing, and Conferences

Favorite Securosis Posts

Other Securosis Posts

Favorite Outside Posts

Research Reports and Presentations

Top News and Posts

Blog Comment of the Week

This week’s best comment goes to Guillaume, in response to iOS 7 Adds Major Data Security Improvements.

The share sheet thing is pretty big. A big issue a lot of users have with “BYOD” apps that are in their own little gardens is the user experience is not good (UI, usage of other resources on the machine like contacts and calendars, etc).

With this we can hopefully have a great way to allow users to use as you mentionned while preventing the user from opening attachments in Dropbox.