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) “Security’s Existential Crisis”, 2) “USIS is Just the Tip of the Iceberg”, and 1) “Announcing ShmooCon 2015 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.
Security’s Existential Crisis: Recently a writer for an online publication emailed me asking for a quote regarding the overall state of security. She wanted to hear about trends and know if there was a “go to” vendor. After a particularly rough week at work, I wasn’t in the most optimistic mood and wrote a long diatribe, which I then turned into an article for my very patient editor, Chuck, at TechTarget Search Networking. I still can’t believe he let me slip in a reference to “Waiting for Godot.” (continued here)
Announcing ShmooCon 2015 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 2015 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 2015 Firetalks. (continued here)
USIS Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Good article covering the recent USIS security clearance debacle… My guess … USIS is just the tip of the iceberg, and we would be naive to think otherwise. Lax clearance processing is most likely a systemic problem throughout however no clear (no pun intended) solutions exist given the workload of this industry. I wouldn’t even have the foggiest idea where to recommend starting but I do know that anything actually done will be a “look we’ve done something” action rather than a real solution. But that’s government…(continued here)
New HackerTikes Podcast: In my continuing KidHack project, where I’m trying to pull together as many resources as possible for teaching kids more about security, I came across this new podcast by Rob “mubix” Fuller and two of his kids, DanTM and SlushyCat. Following the RiskyBiz format, the initial 14 minute podcast kept me and my elementary schooler interested throughout. We’re looking forward to more episodes in the near future. (continued here)
Hope everyone had a wonderful week! Have a great weekend!