I don’t have time for a long post, but on the off chance you’re not a podcast listener and you’re not on twitter, I announced on the podcast last night that I am leaving my current role as a QSA at Verizon Business and I will be the newest Security Evangelist at Akamai. I will be working with Mike Smith (aka @rybolov on twitter) for Josh Corman (aka @joshcorman) as the third member of the Security Intelligence team. Or second, depending on how you look at it, since I was actually sent an offer letter before Josh.
I’m leaving a good company and crew behind at Verizon, but I’ve had enough of being a QSA. It’s time to move onto something that involves the parts of security I’m passionate about; blogging, podcasting and generally arguing with anyone who has two ideas to rub together. There will be some meetings and speaking engagements I’ll have to make as well, and I won’t be completely out of the PCI arena any time soon. I’ll still be a subject matter expert on PCI, but I won’t be the one writing two hundred page reports anymore. I will get to see a lot of the metadata about one third of the traffic flowing across the entire internet.
I agree with something Josh said in the podcast last night; Akamai is a company that can be an incredible pivot point in introducing greater security. I’ve spoken several times about the tokenization at the edge solution and how it can improve credit card security. Akamai announced a web application firewall solution last year, again pushing security measures closer to the edge. I don’t even know the majority of the security services we offer, but I will in a few weeks. And there will definitely be more coming in the future.
Bill Brenner was listening in on the Twitter stream and caught some of my tweets.
Once again, the podcast team is unable to get together long enough to record a podcast. Rich is off wandering around China and Zach had to answer an emergency bat signal somewhere in Gotham Park. Which left Martin alone with Josh Corman, newly appointed Director of Security Intelligence at Akamai. As usual with these two, the discussion went a little longer than it should have, but it was at least mildly amusing. Once, or twice. Josh speaks about his decision to move to Akamai, as well as revealing one or two other ‘secrets’.
See everyone at Defcon!
Network Security Podcast, Episode 249
Rich is away for a bit, so we’re joined by friend-of-the-show Josh Corman, who’s here to give his two cents on this week’s stories and talk about some upcoming events.
Incidentally, Martin and Josh are on a panel at B-Sides Las Vegas this year, entitled “Better to burn out than to fade away?”, and they’re conducting a survey about stress/burnout in the security industry. Please take five minutes to participate at http://svy.mk/omyUer
And on a *very* serious note, Diana Lewis, the wife of another friend-of-the-show, Dave Lewis, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. For more information about Diana, and how you can help her and others, see James Arlen’s post over at Liquidmatrix Security Digest.
Be sure to check out the BloodKode Challenge and the Be The Match registry drive at DEFCON, to help those like Diana and Ninja Networks’ BarKode (more information).
Network Security Podcast, Episode 248, July 19, 2011
As the countdown to Doom in Vegas, or BSides/Defcon/Black Hat as some might call it, Rich, Zach and Martin take a little break from the news to talk to one of the people who helped come up with the idea of BSides, Jack Daniel. Jack gives us a little bit of background on how the concept of BSides started, how it’s changed from a small one time event to become a world wide phenomenon. This year’s BSides Las Vegas will be the largest BSides event yet. It’s amazing how popular an event that started as a bunch of people whining on twitter a few years ago has become.
Network Security Podcast, Episode 247
“Stop Forwarding that Crap to Me!”
Most of my family doesn’t send me much of this stuff any more, but I am still tempted to send it to each and every one of them anyway.
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me from Fube on Vimeo.