Blog posts by Joerg Resch

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Why C-SCRM Is Becoming so Essential for Your Digital Business

The current discussion around Huawei and whether or not it should be endorsed as a supplier for 5G mobile network hard- and software has reminded us on how dependent we are on the integrity and reliability of such manufacturers and how difficult it is to trust their products if they are closed source and proprietary or otherwise hard or impossible to examine. Due to its undisputed vicinity to the Chinese government, Huawei has come under suspicion primarily by the US authorities to provide undocumented access capabilities to Chinese intelligence agencies enabling them to globally wiretap...

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Obsession? Hype? Revolution? It Might Be a Bit of Everything: Moving Into the Age of Blockchain in Cybersecurity, Identity and Privacy

In looking at the current investor craze mainly around the primary use case of blockchain, the Bitcoin, it sometimes gets a bit difficult to think beyond the bubble and track those blockchain projects, which indeed are on their way to becoming useful in changing the way we do things like selling or buying stuff, digitally moving value, immutably store any kind of documents and data, consume information, create and manage digital IDs, or otherwise influence and change most aspects of our social, political and economic interactions. What we see happening in the crypto-world, is an explosion...

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A Short History of EIC - Europe's Leading Event on Digital ID & Transformation

More than 12 years ago, the first EIC attracted an already surprisingly large number of practitioners dealing with directory services, user provisioning and single sign-on, as well as vendors, domain experts, thought leaders and analysts. I remember Dick Hardt giving an incredibly visionary keynote on "User-Centrism - The Solution to the Identity Crisis?" at EIC 2007 - a topic which still is highly relevant. Or the legendary keynote panel back in 2008 on the question whether there is a difference between the European way of doing IAM and the rest of the world , moderated by...

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Why Wikileaks' Vault 7 Publication isn't Worth Reading

Vault 7, Wikileaks´ recently published plethora of documents and files from internal CIA resources, has created quite some excitement and noise, and it has even been compared with Edward Snowden´s NSA revelations. My opinion: this is complete nonsense. In looking at what Edward Snowden has done - disclosing information on methods and extent of NSA´s mass surveillance activities which nobody outside the walls of NSA would have thought it would be possible - these latest collections of CIA authored configuration files and documents describing exploits and...

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Revision of the Payment Services Directive (PSD2) - A significant set of new requirements for financial institutions

The European Commission´s revision of the Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is coming along with a significant set of new requirements for financial institutions with and without a banking licence – and therefore doesn´t only have friends It all started with the 1st release of PSD back in 2007, which aimed at simplifying payments and their processing throughout the whole EU, i.e. in providing the legal platform for the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). In 2013, The European Commission proposed a revised version of PSD, which is aiming at opening the financial services...

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The Brave New World of Digital Business

On a trip to New York last week, I had the great opportunity to visit the Henri Matisse exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which shows his Cut-Outs and is the most extensive and a very impressive exhibition of this period of Matisse´s work. If you happen to be in New York before February – don´t miss it. While walking through the exhibition hall, I saw a young man wearing a Google Glass, moving relatively fast through the exhibits. It looked like he didn´t notice the people around him and seemed to follow a different, invisible path. At some time, I felt...

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“Google Home Automation” – Do We Really Need This?

It was recently reported that Google has bought Nest Labs , a manufacturer of home automation sensors and devices with, currently, two products: a digital thermostat and a Smoke + CO Alarm. Why is it, then, that somebody would spend 3.2 Billion USD for a company producing home appliances that have been around for ages from many other manufacturers? And also, why Google? First and foremost, Nest seems to know how to produce neat and innovative hardware devices that really listen to the user's needs. They are as easy to install as such a device can be, and provide probably the most...

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More Unsmart Infrastructures

In my last post I mentionned the motor driven door locks I have at my home. A frequent question I get from friends visiting me is, wether that doorlock system, which works with pincodes, RFID, remote conrols and over the Internet, is connected to the KNX/EIB bus system I also have in my house to control lights, shutters, air circulation, music and some other features. And the answer is no. Because, no joke, EICB/KNX, which seems to be the most spread "standard" for home automation, does not provide any security feature. no encryption, no authenication. If you get access to the 2 wires of a...

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Unsmart Infrastructures

My colleague Martin Kuppinger recently (and quite a while ago ) has posted some critical articles on smart infrastructures in his blog.Yes, security is a big issue there. However, it is not only about security in these more or (in most cases) less smart infrastructures. It is also about making these infrastructures work at all and, last but not least feasible for a large audience. In my home, which is a so called passive house (well insulated, large, south bound windows for passive solar heating, saving 98.5% of heating energy compared to a standard building...) I have a smart...

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Hunting for the latest Android Release?

Recently I came across a news alert that Google have released Android 4.0 on some new mobile phone. 4.0 already? That is extreme, Android hasn't been around that long. It is good on one side, that there seems to be a strong community of developers eliminating bugs and improving on a fast pace. On the other side - you need to be quick in carrying your new Android smartphone home if you want to install the first OS update before your hardware becomes incompatible with the latest release. Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb.... now Ice Cream Sandwich and soon Jelly Bean -...


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