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punishment-and-security

There is a very article in the NY Times about how groups can profit by punishing members, in particular, by punishing free riders.

In the experiment, investigators at the University of Erfurt in Germany enrolled 84 students in the investment game and gave them 20 tokens apiece to start. In each round of the game, every participant decided whether to hold on to the tokens or invest some of them in a fund whose guaranteed profit was distributed equally among all members of the group, including the "free riders" who sat on their money. Because the profit was determined by a multiple of the tokens invested, each participant who contributed to the fund enjoyed less of a return than if the free riders had done so as well.

response-to-responses-incentive-plans-for


My recent (assumption laden and simplistic) post on incentive plans for an information security team was picked up by Adam and subsequently poked at by mordaxus and then piled on by Mike Rothman.

risk-and-effectiveness-for-project-evaluation

Gunnar Peterson has a post from Metricon about Bryan Ware's presentation about combining the effectiveness of a solution and the risk involved. I couldn't find the link to the actualy presentation. (I didn't have the time to go through them all.)

I think I would tie the effectiveness of the proposed security solution to the cost of capital of the overall project. It would be interesting to tie Bryan's work with my "work" on estimating the cost of capital for an information security project.

schneier-questions-need-for-himself

I read with delight this quote from omnipresent security pundit Bruce Schneier questioning the reasons for the existance of the security industry:

"We shouldn't have to come and find a company to secure our e-mail. E-mail should already be secure. We shouldn't have to buy from somebody to secure our network or servers. Our networks and servers should already be secure."

security-and-oil

I've been reading The Prize by Daniel Yergen. I've wanted to read it for quite some time and just ran across a copy at a yard sale. It is excellent. I'm about half-way through.

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