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)

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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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 Of course, the FBI says it is just this one time on this out of date phone used by those bad guys and owned by a 'state' agency.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

To USB, or Not To USB...

This Wired article describes an innovative method to take over a computer: Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken | Threat Level | WIRED. The techniques have been shown to work, but the technique is not in the wild.

 

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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.

 

TrueCrypt and NSA Lessons on Updating Projector Software

Science and R&D says it will keep moving data from the mystery to the usable.

Security expertise tries to promise the same, with the same infinite number of possible failures. Fortunately there are life lessons that we can apply to our projection room and attached networked devices from the latest exposition of these failures.

From the NAB videos of John Hurst's logical pleas (posted at CineTechGeek) to Bruce Schneier's Disclosing vs. Hoarding Vulnerabilities article to the flurry of Heartbleed to the news of the well-used TrueCrypt's announcement...we should get the message: No matter the trauma, or threat of trauma, Upgrade Your Software and Firmware.

Subcategories

  • Security Sites and Blogs

    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.

  • Constant Alertness

    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?

  • In the News

    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.

  • Basic Lessons
    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)