Day 2 Keynote:Broken Windows: What Security Looks Like When Gollum Gets the Ring presented at BlackHatWindows 2004

by Richard Thieme,

Summary : We all know the story, the issues, the lay of the land. Depending on how it's defined and who's defining, Windows security is both impossible and essential. So how we describe the problem IS the problem.
Thieme shows how focusing on the security context instead of granular content illuminates the content that's critical and the path to it that's optimal. As well as how to think about the problem.
Richard Thieme ( is a Contributing Editor for Information Security Magazine and, according to The Linux Journal, a "hacker philosopher journalist sage" whose presentations at security and hacking conventions are always well-attended and well-received. He speaks eloquently about the relationships between technology, people, and spirituality and always speaks straight to the heart of important matters right at the front of the audience's collective mind. He is very subtle ... and extremely deep."
Thieme consults, writes, and speaks about "life on the edge," in particular the human dimensions of technology and the work place. His focus these days is on security and identity - how to play chess while the board is disappearing.
Thieme has published widely. Translated into German, Chinese, Japanese, Slovene, Danish and Indonesian, his articles are taught at universities in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States. His column, "Islands in the Clickstream," has been published in Singapore, Toronto, and Capetown and is distributed to subscribers in 60 countries. Archives are at