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Feb 11 2014

Network Security Podcast, Episode 329

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Hooray! The first podcast of the year where all three of us are actually on (and we ran slightly longer). BSidesSF and RSA are rapidly approaching, so Martin, Rich, and Zach are preparing in various capacities — from talk preparation, to scheduling meetings, to preparing their livers (namely because that’s about the only way to deal with some of the goings-on at RSA).

(I knew I’d been forgetting to do something lately.  Like post the podcast to my own site – Martin)

Network Security Podcast, Episode 329

Time: 43:40

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Jan 23 2014

But first, BSides…

I’m looking forward to this year’s pilgrimage to San Francisco.  Not that it’s ever been a pilgrimage before, since I lived 60 miles away, but now that I live near London, it’s a much longer trip.  I’ll be arriving in San Francisco a few days early for a couple of reasons.  The first is to visit my family and friends in the Bay Area, who I haven’t seen since I moved away.  The second reason is to attend BSides SF on Sunday and Monday.  Which, in many ways, is also a visit to friends I haven’t seen since moving.

Let’s assume for a second you’ve never attended a BSides event.  It’s community led, it’s free, and each one is unique.  BSides SF is being held in the DNA Lounge, which has been a fixture in San Francisco for as long as I can remember.  Think of a funky, grungy, dark underground bar.  Then add in a couple of hundred hackers, security devotees and a few people who happened to find their way into the event with little or no idea of what’s going on.  The talks range from first time speakers (something that’s strongly encouraged) to some of the best speakers in the realm who want to step outside the confines of a business conference to talk about things that aren’t quite politically correct.  Finally, add in a healthy dose of chaos and an even healthier sprinkling of community and you have some idea of what BSides is.  But unless you actually attend, my description is never going to be adequate to capture the true energy of the event.

I make no bones about it, for me conferences are about meeting the people there, not about the talks.  However, the talks at BSides tend to take a higher priority than they do elsewhere.  While some of the talks are a bit rougher than those at conferences you pay for, the fact that people are speaking with unfiltered passion more than makes up for it.  And a number of the talks simply couldn’t be given at a corporate event.  I’m looking forward to Morgan Marquis-Boire’s (aka @headhntr) talk, even though he hasn’t publicly stated what it’ll be about yet.  Morgan has worked on uncovering a number of government surveillance schemes around the globe, so anything he’s chosen to talk about has to be interesting.  Along the same lines, Christopher Soghoian’s talk about living in a post-Snowden world is a must for me, even though I often find myself disagreeing with with what Chris says publicly.  What can I say, privacy has always been a favorite topic of mine and has never been something that’s more in need of open, public discussion.

I’m also looking forward to seeing three of my friends on one panel, Jack Daniel, Wendy Nather and Javvad Malik discussing how to talk to an analyst, or rather how not to talk to an analyst.  Javvad gave an excellent PK (20 slides, 20 second per slide) talk at RSA EU covering all the horrible slides he sees again and again as an analyst.  The trio will be entertaining at the least, and I might even learn a little about talking to analysts myself.  Ping Yan’s talk on using intelligence looks interesting and has potential for my day job, so I’m going to try to find a seat for that talk as well.  And I have to support my podcast co-host Zach Lanier, even though I usually understand about half of what he’s presenting on any given occasion.

There are other interesting talks, if I can sit through the talks I’ve already mentioned, it’ll probably be the most I’ve seen at one conference in a long time.  I have a pretty short attention (Squirrel!) span, and I’d rather be talking with the presenters than simply listening to them passively.   I’ll have a mic and my Zoom H4, so it’s entirely possible I’ll be able to get a few of them to spend a few minutes doing exactly that.  Which means I can share the conversations with you as well.

 

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Jan 19 2014

Prepping for RSA

It’s funny.  There are two distinctive groups I get invites to meet with at the RSA conference: the early invites from companies that are hungry for coverage, any coverage, and the last minute invites from companies who didn’t get as many interviews as they’d like and are looking to fill one or two last interviews from second (or third [or fourth]) tier ‘press’ such as myself.  There are a few invites that come somewhere in the middle, but they stil tend to gravitate towards one of those two ends of the spectrum.  And it makes setting up a schedule for RSA extremely hard sometimes, since I tend to want to leave one or two slots open to make time for the last minute invites I find intesting.

Speaking of interesting, I think the most interesting story of the conference will be the boycott by a few speakers and the reasons behind it.  I wonder how many of the company representatives I speak with are even going to be aware of the fact that a boycott is happening and if it will affect them in any way.  As I’ve said before, I’m not really in support of the boycott, but I understand the reasons a number of professionals are supporting it and I think they have every right to.  So asking other attendees and sponsors how they think the boycott has affected them should get some interesting responses.

In any case, now it’s time to start responding to the invitations to meet I’ve already gotten and try to figure out how I can fit everything in along side my professional duties.  Many years I’ve created microcasts throughout the conference, something that’s incredibly hard to find the time and energy to do.  Last year I mostly abandoned them, but I think I’m going to try to do microcasts again.  But I reserve the right to drop them if time doesn’t allow for it.

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May 28 2013

Network Security Podcast, Episode 314

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Rich is still battling bugs of the “sickness” variety, so Martin and Zach get together for what will be Martin’s last show for a while. As mentioned previously, he’s moving across the pond^Wocean to Sunny London soon, after his annual pilgrimage to Vegas and…Bangkok (?!).

Network Security Podcast, Episode 314, May 28, 2013

Time: 35:24

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May 21 2013

Network Security Podcast, Episode 313

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…and now Rich is dealing with an entire family of “sick”. Zach must be empathizing, as he’s also a bit under the weather, but joins Martin for a romp through this week’s stories.

Network Security Podcast, Episode 313, May 21, 2013

Time: 41:13

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May 14 2013

Network Security Podcast, Episode 312

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Rich is dealing with some sick babies, so Martin and Zach inadvertently make the show about corporate and government (not just the U.S. this time!) surveillance.

Network Security Podcast, Episode 312, May14, 2013

Time: 38:26

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May 01 2013

Network Security Podcast, Episode 311

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Long show with short notes this week as Wade Baker of Verizon and Josh Corman of Akamai join us to talk about the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.

This is a must-read report and our short podcast can’t possibly do it justice, but we made our best effort.  Listen to the end, we have some big news!

Network Security Podcast, Episode 311, May 1, 2013

Time: 48:49

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Tonight’s Music: Tipping – Marucci – Dube  with I’m Confused

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Apr 23 2013

Network Security Podcast, Episode 310

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After a hectic couple of weeks — conferences, travel, and city-wide lockdowns – recovery is sorely needed, but we push through a relatively lively show with a teaser for a bigger debate^Wdiscussion slated for next week.  And somehow the podcast just keeps getting a little longer every week.

Network Security Podcast, Episode 310, April 23, 2013

Time: 43:06

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Apr 09 2013

Network Security Podcast, Episode 309

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Due to a last minute work engagement, Rich is not present on tonight’s show. Martin and Zach attempt to compensate for Rich’s absence by being snark but also half-asleep.  We’ll leave it to you to figure out which half of that we feel is most like Rich.

Network Security Podcast, Episode 309, April 9, 2013

Time: 41:04

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Apr 02 2013

Network Security Podcast, Episode 308

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Getting three security professionals to slow down long enough to record a podcast together is always a challenge and tonight was harder than usual.  Part of the problem is that there are so many interesting stories going on right now.  But the fact that we all have jobs and families is a much bigger part of it.  This week we talk about HSM in the cloud, DDoS attacks, and of course, our government spying on us.  Such unfamiliar territory.

Network Security Podcast, Episode 308, April 2, 2013

Time: 40:17

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