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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance

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Cinema Test Tools for the Non-Technical Manager 

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Online Managers Online Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

There are a lot of experts in security out there. What they write is often dry as a bone. But there are a few sites that stay on top of the events, and express themselves in ways that us mere mortals can comprehend.

Bruce Schneier -  He wrote the books, he writes the newsletters, he has the blog. Top of the list for a reason. The link is to his monthly CryptoGram...subscribe now.

Hagai Bar-el - Information Security Specialist whose websites focus on security engineering and on managing innovation processes. Good source for definitions. There is also a blog and RSS feed.

Handbook of Applied Cryptology - All Chapters are free for the download. Get them off the cloud now.

Security Toys...Uhm, I mean, Quality Control for Networks

Some people don't want to be trained. They just want to try everything with the savage joy of a teenager. This page is for them:

Password crackers – SecTools Top Network Security Tools

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Security Alert – Firefox Users

Visit a site, find security issues and send them home to hackers.

What looks like, and acts like – and is – a legit Add-On for Firefox has been compromised to assist in the compromise of others. For more information on how the Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant does this, see: Botnet Enlists Firefox Users to Hack Web Sites — Krebs on Security

SSL Breaches & Duqu; What is DCinema Interesting

More and more news articles are pointing out more and more compromised systems. The systems are not the computers of us simple folk, but rather computers just like ours that sit behind sophisticated firewalls and have sophisticated staff working to prevent problems.

They use the same words that the DCinema world uses when discussing security: Trusted Devices, digital certificates, revocation of keys, and the like. 

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Super 3D Watermarking Article

Technicolor's Security Newsletter Issue #20 has a superb article on watermarking stereoscopic 3D. It starts slow (first the dinosaurs died and they all turned into 3D pixels), but it ramps up fast and includes tiny Greek symbols for those who are inclined to such things.

But generally it fills in a lot of details that are not often discussed outside the hallowed halls:
 Watermarking 3D Movies, Security Newsletter 20, Security Newsletters - Technicolor

It doesn't mention it directly, but it is another wake-up call for getting a picture meta-data protocol and/or standard in the film-to-post realm.

Social Engineering Preview

Social Engineering LogoSocial Engineering (SE) is both incredibly complex and amazingly simple.

What really is social engineering? Social Engineering is defined as the process of deceiving people into giving away access or confidential information. Wikipedia defines it as: "is the act of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. While similar to a confidence trick or simple fraud, the term typically applies to trickery or deception for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or computer system access; in most cases the attacker never comes face-to-face with the victim."

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