Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance

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Cinema Test Tools for the non-Technical Manager – Post Installation Quality Assurance Has Begun

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Managers Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved. Confucius Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)

Krack'd WPA2...and now, ROCA

KRACK Wifi bug logoWPA2 is the most common protocol used for protecting WiFi signals from being used by nefarious people for horrible things. As of 16 October, WPA – and all  its variants of WPA1, WPA2, personal and enterprise, including with TKIP, AES and GCMP – is officially broken. Until repairs are made to all equipment involved in a WiFi network – that means, equipment providing the signal and equipment using the signal – it is no longer a valuable security tool. The force is called KRACK = Key Reinstallation Attacks

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Security of Things – Schneier of Things

With terrific focus and perhaps no small degree of overkill, digital cinema has provided a secure distribution path for artists' valuable materials without any history of break-in. 

But as security specialist Bruce Schneier draws out, none of us live in a one computer environment anymore. 

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Patch Your Apache Now; Don't REST

Doing what open source does best, a patch has been released for an Apache vulnerability for those using a very popular REST interface iteration. Quickly, efficiently, patched...except, you have to update/upgrade and restart the service.

So, get to it. Don't believe me, read this article: Patch Released for Critical Apache Struts Bug | Threatpost | The first stop for security news

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Cook, Time, Long Term Security

Eventually this story will be in the Exhibition Section, but for now it is in Security. Of course, the FBI says it is just this one time on this out of date phone used by those bad guys and owned by a 'state' agency. 

Here’s the Full Transcript of TIME’s Interview With Apple CEO Tim Cook

What Rogue One Teaches About Data Backup

I finally got a chance to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story recently (I know, I’m late to the game, but I was off my feet for a few weeks around the holidays). It got me thinking about data backups and data security. Whether you’re in a small business, an enterprise, the Imperial Forces, or just backing up a home computer, the same rules apply.

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Barcodes And Security – Notice

Kreb's On Security has all the info. What’s in a Boarding Pass Barcode? A Lot.

It isn't just that the barcode told of the persons future flight, the information granted an unauthorized person enough info to get online and change that data. Think of the repurcussions for any barcodes used in your facility, and how it is outside sources like this that allowed sensational breaches such as Target and Home Depot custormer data being exposed.

 

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There are a lot of experts in security out there. What they write is often dry as a bone. But there are a few sites that stay on top of the events, and express themselves in ways that us mere mortals can comprehend.

Bruce Schneier -  He wrote the books, he writes the newsletters, he has the blog. Top of the list for a reason. The link is to his monthly CryptoGram...subscribe now.

Hagai Bar-el - Information Security Specialist whose websites focus on security engineering and on managing innovation processes. Good source for definitions. There is also a blog and RSS feed.

Handbook of Applied Cryptology - All Chapters are free for the download. Get them off the cloud now.

We are putting millions of dollars of library materials into the hands of people trained to believe that MP3s and everything else should be free. We give them all the late hours unsupervised. What is wrong with this picture?

Security issues should always be taken seriously. Then again, so should consistent exercise and taking regular breaks from madness. Notwithstanding, here's the recent news in the field of security.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
~ Helen Keller (1880 - 1968), The Open Door (1957)