Welcome to another edition of our Weekly Rewind – where we summarize all our posts from the last week. The top stories this week were 3) “ShmooCon 2014 Firetalks Update, Con Line-Up & Shmooze-a-Student”, 2) “What is Homomorphic Encryption?”, and 1) “Announcing ShmooCon 2014 Firetalks- CFP, Sponsorships, Volunteers” If you missed anything or happened to be offline, we hope you find this summary post useful as a quick reference.
A la Schneier … you can also use this rewind post to talk about the security stories in the news that we haven’t covered.remote-access.
Announcing ShmooCon 2014 FireTalks – CFP, Sponsorships, Volunteers: Although many of the details are still being worked out we wanted to put out a quick post to announce the ShmooCon 2014 FireTalks call for papers, sponsors and volunteers. This year we are planning on having between five and eight 15-minute speaking slots each night depending on the final discussions the ShmooCon team. And as always you MUST have a ShmooCon barcode to submit, volunteer, or attend FireTalks. Stay tuned for more details on the ShmooCon 2014 Firetalks. (continued here)
When Quantum Cryptography Isn’t Cryptography: A research company recently built a secure enterprise network using quantum key distribution. This “quantum encrypted” network is presented as entirely new, but it’s not. DARPA has funded a functioning quantum encrypted research network and demonstration systems have been running in Europe for some years. There is also intense research in places like Japan and China toward solving the technical problems inherent in the current quantum encryption paradigms. (continued here)
(ISC)2 Announces BoD Election Results: Just wanted to close out our coverage of the (ISC)2 Board of Directors election for this year… Late last week (ISC)2 announced the results of this recent election. Although it doesn’t look like the write-in campaign had the desired effect, its organizer Jennifer Minella did win one of the five board seats. Congrats to Jennifer and everyone else! (continued here)
ShmooCon 2014 Firetalks Update, Con Line-Up, & Shmooze-a-Student: We are excited to announce that we received our first sponsor for FireTalks this year… Please welcome Tikras Technology Solutions Corp as our Gold sponsor. Tikras is a Native American owned small business specializing in information security and assurance for government and commercial clients. For more information on them, be sure to follow them on Twitter at @tikrascorp or visit them at Tikras.com. We still have other sponsorship levels available. Checkout our announcement post for more details and contact us or hit me up on Twitter (@grecs) if your organization is interested. (continued here)
Do You SQRL?: Just curious what everyone thinks about this new Security Quick Reliable Login (SQRL) authentication protocol Steve Gibson introduced early last month. Originally standing for Secure QR Login, the initial login process involves snapping a picture of a QR code on a site’s authentication page using a SQRL app. The app and the website authenticate the user out-of-band and then magically you are logged in. (continued here)
Announcing ShmooCon Epilogue & Call for Presentations/Training: Just a little reminder here to get the word out about another great ShmooCon tradition… The NoVA Hackers Association(aka, NoVA Hackers) will be holding their third annual ShmooCon Epilogue conference the Monday following ShmooCon, less than an 30 minutes away out in the Northern Virginia. For a small entrance fee participants receive a full day of great presentations or one of two free training classes as well as lunch and dinner. (continued here)
What Is Homomorphic Encryption?: I was listening to an older episode of Risky Biz (282) where they were discussing the concept of homomorphic encryption and how it can be applied to secure cloud computing. Basically, this type of operation involves performing computing operations on data while its encrypted rather than having to decrypt it first. It’s obvious to see the application of this technology for use in the cloud. (continued here)
Hope everyone had a wonderful week! Have a great weekend!