Wednesday, November 11th – Mosaic Theory of Information Security: For Writers

Speaker: Maggie Fero


In finance, a concept called mosaic theory says that non-material information in sufficient quantities can be combined to constitute useful information. Investment analysts using this principle combine non-material information to develop significant insights into companies’ upcoming results without verging into insider trading.

In other words, a lot of insignificant details, like you might include in your documentation or share to social media, can be combined to deduce significant aspects of your or your organization’s private data. In non-financial information security, a similar principle applies. Small divergences from usual patterns can, when combined together, give a competitor or potential attacker hints about your organization’s strategy, upcoming product launches, or your private personal information.

In this talk, we discuss types of information you want to avoid posting about yourself or your organization to avoid unintentional disclosures.

About the Speaker

Margaret is passionate about information security, technical writing, and interdisciplinary connections. She holds the GSEC, GCIH, and GCIA security certifications. She has also written UX copy, compliance documentation, and user-facing documentation for a variety of industries. She has spoken at conferences including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), ToorCon, Abstractions II, and Write The Docs Day: Australia.

Event info

Time: Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 6:30 p.m. Pacific

Location: Zoom

6:30 to 7:00: Networking
7:00 to 7:15: Announcements
7:15 to 8:30: Presentation
8:30 to 8:45: More networking
8:45: Clear the room; move conversations to offline

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