2008-10-03

Fostering the Multidisciplinary Analyst

In my years in information security, I've come to appreciate my liberal-arts undergraduate degree in ways I never thought I would. This has driven me to increasingly read up on ostensibly unrelated subjects in science and engineering. At the very least, it has been interesting. And at times, it has lent insight into new ways of solving problems that I otherwise would not have likely thought of. It's been this drive to broaden my technical horizons that has made me a huge fan of Scientific American over the past year. I've become an avid reader. If you don't have your own source of broader knowledge, I would encourage you strongly to find one. It has been the catalyst that has allowed me to take my career to that always-desired "next level."

On a related note, I have two specific recommendations. In the most recent SciAm (Vol 299, Num 4) Perspectives, editor Matt Collins writes Questions for Would-be Presidents. If you're planning on voting in the US this fall, which any responsible citizen should, this will be an interesting one-page read for you. Make no mistake about it, while issues of science are rarely if ever discussed in national media, the questions Matt poses are the type that will drive the country's innovation and inevitably determine our place the globe 10, 20, and 50 years from now.

The second recommendation I have is the entire Vol 299, Num 3. The featured articles in this issue focus on the area of security and privacy, and include the best single article on encryption I've ever read, How to Keep Secrets Safe, by Anna Lysyanskaya. I'm quoting liberally from it in a revision of an encryption class I teach at the company I work for, and I'm certain that anyone finding this blog of interest will enjoy it.

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