Read CENTR – a short story about the power over the Internet!

Centr englishYou may now read my thriller short story CENTR, dealing with the power over the Internet. This is a short story, a work of fiction, but it was inspired by one of the most burning questions in the history of the Internet, today more burning than ever.

The United States of America has agreed to release control of ICANN, which handles the address register of all top domains. In other words, the address register is for example needed for directing internet traffic to the right country. In order to release control, the United States of America has posed certain conditions, to be fulfilled before September 2015. The question is… what happens if these conditions are not fulfilled?

I wrote the short story in the spring of 2015, on commission from .SE, in order for it to be mailed to the members of Centr, the European organisation for top domains, before a conference at Sheraton Stockholm Hotel, 1st – 3d of June, 2015.
I own the copyright and the short story might be distributed freely, provided that no changes are made.

Click HERE to download the story as a PDF file.

/Åsa

Pressrelease: Knowit is strengthening its security venture

Published: 27 March, 2013, at Knowitgroup.com.

Knowit is strengthening its venture in IT and information security. For this reason, Åsa Schwarz has been employed as sales manager of Knowit’s specialist company in the field, Knowit Secure. Her task is to position Knowit as the leading supplier of outsourced security.

– The demand for IT and information security is growing, as the situation for all companies becoming more complex, with outsourcing, cloud services and social media. At the same time, cybercrime is becoming more organized and goal-oriented, says Åsa Schwarz.

Knowit is growing quickly in the area. In one and a half years, Knowit Secure has gone from zero to twenty-five employees. The goal is to have thirty employees by the end of the year.

– Our goal is to become the Swedish leaders in the field. Åsa will help us on the way, with her unique competence in security, marketing and sales, says Tomas Rimming, CEO at Knowit Secure.

– Knowit has already become one of the sharpest security consultants, says Åsa Schwarz. It will be fun to see what we can achieve together in the future.

Åsa Schwarz has long experience of IT security and has founded both business fields and companies in the area. She also works as a columnist for Computer Sweden and has published four works of fiction, translated into seventeen languages.

Outsorcing vs Cloud Services.

First published in 2013-04-13 in Computer Sweden.

The year was 2009. The warning lights were blinking. The clouds were approaching. Unsure, immature, hyped, and with a seductive price tag. A customer commissioned me to make a check list of services that could be placed in the cloud. The answer was simple: any services, as long as they are not connected to the rest of one’s infrastructure and don’t contain sensitive information. I hope you never need to retrieve the information. Curtain-fall.

The year is 2013. The price tag is still seductive, but the situation is different. The market is maturing. The larger suppliers are listening to their customers. Although contracts are standardised, they are premised on the customer being a professional purchaser. Now one has to make the right choice, not abstain from buying. The pitfalls are many, but the rewards are lower prices, flexibility, and in some cases higher security.

Personal information has been a major obstacle for cloud giants. Therefore a construction called Safe Harbor has now been implemented, meaning that American companies pledge to abide by European legislation. This pertains not only to one’s personal information – all one’s information is accessible only in countries with reasonable legislation. However, Patriot Act and FISAA trump Safe Harbor, which is mportant for Swedish public authorities to keep in mind.

Integration with the rest of one’s infrastructure has been another problem. Nowadays, however, one might connect cloud services to the existing Active Directory and the transition is invisible to users through a single Sign On. Naturally, this has to be done in a secure way. Both outsorcing and cloud suppliers are often ISO 27001 certified. Keep in mind that the certificate does not always pertain to outsorced activities. As pertains to cloud suppliers, the services as such are certified.

Don’t misunderstand me. I am not advocating placing everything in the cloud. There are lots of things to keep in mind. Cloud Security Alliance will help you with risk information, control lists, and so forth. We should, however, ask ourselves why whole IT enterprises are to be outsorced if, in some cases, it is both more secure and cheaper to make use of clearly demarcated cloud services.