“This is not the Last Hacker Standing: Episode IV – Part II Revenge of the @k8em0 that you’re looking for!”
To fill the void in your lives before we release the epic that is Episode IV Part II we got the crew together to chat about hacker summer camp and our personal recovery plans… In a break from the norm (not sure we have a norm yet, but I’m gonna stick with that) we chat randomly about BlackHat, BSidesLV, DEF CON and the burning hell that is Las Vegas.
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Well, I told you I couldn’t go that long without recording a podcast. And a couple of weeks ago I got together with my friends Chris John Riley and Dave Lewis and started a new project, Last Hacker Standing. In the inaugural podcast, we talk news (straight up, with a twist), alongside our wonderful guest Katie Moussouris from Hacker One. I’m going to try to have fun with this one, not taking it too seriously. Not that I ever took the Network Security Podcast all that seriously, of course. Our format is going to be a podcast twice a month, with a guest who will join us to talk about news stories for the first half and talk about themselves for the second half. We do reserve the right to change this format whenever we please.
Last Hacker Standing, Episode IV – The Last Hope
We’d suspected this day would come for quite some time, but it’s time to make it official: The Network Security Podcast will no longer be a regular, weekly podcast, Rich Mogull and Zach Lanier will not be a consistent part of the podcast. The podcast will continue in some form, but it’ll be Martin doing any of the publishing. Which isn’t really all that big of a change anyway.
Basically, all three of us have become incredibly busy in the last year. Zach has a wedding to plan, a new job and has moved again. Rich has more business and work than any time in living memory and has had to cut out anything not related to work or family. And Martin moved to Europe and is on the road close to 50% of the time, further complicating everything.
There will still be microcasts and occasional interviews published through the podcast site, but for the most part we’re shutting down production. It’s a sad day as we’ve been doing this podcast in one form or another for nearly almost 9 years. We’ll miss talking to each other and our audience, but the needs of life have intervened and require our attention elsewhere. You can catch all three of us at various conferences, either presenting or attending and know that we’ve always loved hearing feedback from you.
Keep an eye and ear open as there are already plans in process for what comes next. You didn’t think Martin could stop talking, did you?
Network Security Podcast, Episode 332 – The End of an Era
It’s been a while since we could last record a podcast, but at least we were able to get Rich and Martin together this week. Zach was supposed to join us as well, but got called away to fight a fire at the last minute. Such is life sometimes. But we got this episode recorded, so let’s celebrate the small victories. We don’t know when we’ll have the time for another one as most of the hosts are galavanting around the world and having fun.
Network Security Podcast, Episode 331, May 6, 2014
This week was the InfoSecurity Conference and BSides London, and along with them the EU Security Bloggers Meetup and Awards. It was a good week to be in London, despite the Tube strikes, but the highlight obviously had to be Wednesday at the Meetup: we, the hosts of the Network Security Podcast, were recognized as the Best Security Podcast at the EU Security Bloggers Awards for 2014. Thank you to the listeners who voted for us and the judges who selected our podcast as the winner! I think I can speak for my cohosts when I say that we’re truly honored to be picked for this award. All I had to do was move from California to the London area to make it happen.
When I started the Network Security Podcast in November of 2005, it was with a really cheap microphone and simple mission in mind. I had a lot of opinions on the news in the information security industry; talking through them into a microphone was a good way to clarify those opinions and share them with others. When I enlisted the aid of Rich Mogull, it was to give me another person to discuss those opinions and have someone to expose the weaknesses in my logic. Adding Zach Lanier to the mix brought someone with a much more technical background to the table. We’ve continued podcasting so long because we enjoy the discussions and learning that a podcast creates. But the most important thing that keeps us coming back again and again (though less often than before) is the feedback we get from listeners telling us that they’ve learned and enjoyed listening to the podcast.
The Network Security Podcast has never been something that we’ve done so we can earn an award or gain recognition, though those things never hurt a person’s ego. We’ve done it because we enjoy having an excuse to get three people together on a semi-regular basis and hashing out a lot of the ideas we have circulating through our collective heads. We use the stories that are happening to give us something to focus on, but it’s really the exchange of viewpoints that we value. Equally important is the fact that other people in the security community find the interchange to be valuable and keep coming back episode after episode. There aren’t too many events that we go to that someone doesn’t come up and say they’ve been a long term listener, something that happened to me at least five times at BSides London.
The EU Security Blogger Meetup and Awards couldn’t happen without the sponsors, especially Tripwire and Tenable, nor could it happen without the efforts of people like Jack Daniel, Brian Honan and Cindy Valladares (who’s responsible for the Zombie Martin picture to the left). I’m sure there are a number of other people helping that I’m completely unaware of, and I’m sorry I can’t recognize them as well. I’d like to congratulate the other winners of the EU Security Blogger awards. It’s an amazing thing to be recognized not only by your audience but also by your peers and the people you respect. I look forward to seeing everyone there again next year.
A closing thought: the Network Security Podcast has been harder and harder to record since I moved to Europe. Zach, Rich and I all have very hectic travel schedules and we haven’t been able to coordinate in order to record a show as often as we’d like. While I don’t have any plans for the show to go away, we’re all aware that even going to an every two week publishing schedule hasn’t been as effective as we’d hoped and something has to change. We don’t know exactly what that will be yet but we will let our listeners know as soon as possible.
This afternoon I had a chance to talk to two of the main organizers of one of the biggest security events of the year, BSides London. Paul Batson and Thomas Fisher have been working tirelessly (or maybe tiredly) for months to bring together all of the disparate elements required to make a conference come together. And it’s no mean feat when the people you’re working with are all volunteers and the money comes from sponsors, both of whom believe in your cause. This year will be my first chance to go to BSides London (this is the fourth) and I’m really looking forward to it.
It only took 4+ weeks, but Martin and Zach are back on the air. Rich is back to his “(Inter)National Man of Mystery” routine, so he missed out on the somewhat lively discussion about drones, “secure” browsers, PCI, and, of course, the NSA.
Network Security Podcast, Episode 330
Most of the time my competitors are afraid to talk to me on the podcast. I’m a nice guy to the people I interview, so I don’t know why they’d be afraid. And this year at RSAC, Jag Bains the CTO at DoSArrest took a chance and talked to me. While I did bring up that we’re competitors, I let Jag explain to me how his company works and what they protect their customers from DDoS. I still think we do it better, but it’s good to hear what other people in the same field are doing.
NSPMicrocast – RSAC2014 – DoSArrest
I had a chance to sit down with BeyondTrust CTO, Marc Maiffret. I’ve had conversations with Marc before, but I haven’t seen him since he has been at BeyondTrust, so I took this time to find out what they do and how it would be used by the average enterprise. As with all my interviews at RSAC, I asked Marc how he felt the spying revelations of the last year have affected the security landscape, his company and him personally.
Next month is Infosecurity Europe here in London, taking place from 29 April until 1 May, as well as BSides London on 29 April. I’ve never had the chance to go to either event and I’m really looking forward to my first time. Another event that’s happening alongside both of these is the European Security Bloggers Meetup at the Teck Pub (appropriately named place for our group). Many people may not know it, but I’ve been one of the people organizing the RSA Security Bloggers Meetup from the very start and I’ve been the MC for almost every single one. So I’m very excited to see how the event translates to London and the European community. I know it won’t be the same event, which is why I want to go. Brian Honan is hosting with a little help from Jack Daniel and Tenable Security, which pretty much guaruntees this will be a most interesting shindig.
One of the aspects of the Meetup since the second or third year has been the recognition of bloggers and podcasters by the security community, the Security Bloggers Awards. As one of the organizers of the Security Bloggers Meetup, I’ve always held my blog and my podcast as being out of the running for any recognition in the RSA version of these awards. I didn’t want there to be any potential conflict of interest with the awards, so it was easier to opt out of the competition all together. Some people might say it’s because I feared folks like the Security Weekly Podcast and Exotic Liability taking the awards even with my competition, but I’m going to stick with my story of conflict of interests.
But a funny thing happened last year; I moved my family to London. Which means I’m now a European blogger and podcaster. And since I have absolutely nothing to do with the European Security Bloggers Meetup or the European Information Security Bloggers Awards, I feel free to compete and do my best as a transplant to take whatever awards I can wrest away from the natives! It also helps that the only ‘competition’ here in the UK that I know of are the Eurotrash Security Podcast and Finux Tech Weekly. And I’m pretty sure you have to have actually posted within the last year and you can’t have any pictures of WickedClownUK in spandex. Not just can’t have them on your site, you can’t even be in possession of them. Since the ‘rules’ of this competition are … well, non-existant, if I can convince voters of these requirements, it helps my efforts.
So go vote for Rich, Zach and me as the hosts of the Network Security Podcasts for Best European Security Podcast of 2014! Sure, I’m the only one of the three of us that actually lives in Europe. Yes, I’m not really European, I’m an American transplant. But none of that is nearly as important as not letting Chris John Riley win the award! So vote early, vote often, and just vote for the Network Security Podcast! Or at least go vote, since I’m not really all that attached to winning an award, truth be told.
Hmmm, vote for the Network Security Blog as the Best Personal Security Blog too while you’re there. Maybe I do care about awards after all.