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The Night Watch by James Mickens is always a good read:

https://www.usenix.org/system/files/1311_05-08_mickens.pdf




That's a good one, but I think "This World of Ours", Mickens' treatise on the practical realities of operational security (specifically keying material handling), should take the top spot:

https://www.usenix.org/system/files/1401_08-12_mickens.pdf


The nice thing about this one is that it actually does have some important kernels of truth amid all the hilarity. Especially this bit about threat models:

> Basically, you’re either dealing with Mossad or not-Mossad. If your adversary is not-Mossad, then you’ll probably be fine if you pick a good password and don’t respond to emails from ChEaPestPAiNPi11s@ virus-basket.biz.ru. If your adversary is the Mossad, YOU’RE GONNA DIE AND THERE’S NOTHING THAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

More security researchers need to learn about that.


Ooh, I'll have to read that next time I have a few minutes. Thabks for the link!


I read The Slow Winter by James Mickens. Reading that brought a revolutionary change in my thinking. Have bookmarked his Harvard profile, just in case he publishes any more articles.




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