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
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.
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.