PODCAST: RSA Conference 2017

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Another year, another wave of security incidents and threat models to keep the cybersecurity industry busy. So there was plenty to discuss and share as the InfoSec community flocked to San Francisco for the annual RSA Conference last month.

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A view from the escalator as I descend into the bowels of RSAC 2017.

As always, the latest trends in the industry were addressed. Large data breaches, quickly growing threat models, security education, political hacking, and the risks posed by the Internet of Things were common threads throughout many of the keynotes, sessions, workshops, expos, and general chatter among attendees.

RSAC has more of a trade show feel compared to other security conferences so I’ve learned over the years that it’s best to approach the conference as an opportunity to meet and network with industry experts. This year I spent less time attending the talks and more time meeting with the players in the industry who are there to make deals and form partnerships.

However, I did catch several enlightening talks and panel discussions featuring the likes of ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame, security guru Bruce Schneier, researcher Rob Graham, people-security expert Masha Sedova, and security consultant Jeff Carr. Also enjoyed the entertaining keynotes by Late Night host Seth Meyers and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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CHECK OUT ROB GRAHAM’S TALK ON MIRAI AND IoT BOTNETS HERE!

Throughout the week I was lucky to catch up with several industry professionals representing some of the top tier firms in the cybersecurity sector who shared their take on the challenges and trends facing cybersecurity firms, their clients, and end users.

This episode of the podcast features interviews collected at RSAC 2017.

BIG THANKS TO THE GUESTS ON THIS EPISODE!!

Dave Lewis – Akamai

Rob Graham – Errata Security

Donald Meyer – Check Point Software

Dario Forte – DFLabs

Sebastian, Alex and SelenaOnapsis

Scott Bollinger – Security Researcher

Jeffrey Carr – 20K League

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BrightTALK webinar on Cloudbleed

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Last week I moderated a BrightTALK webinar on the infamous “Cloudbleed” bug.

Join BrightTALK and check out this informative panel discussion I moderated titled “CloudBleed: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Users, Companies and Society.” Featuring myself along with panelists Kaushik Narayan (Skyhigh Networks), Lori MacVittie (F5 Networks), Bojan Simic (HYPR Corp), and Tom Gorup (Rook Security).

Next Wed at 10 am PDT/ 1pm EDT (March 22, 2017) I will be moderating a BrightTALK webinar on the recent “Vault 7” CIA document leaks titled WikiLeaks Vault 7: Facts, Fiction & Implications with distinguished panelists Jake Kouns, (Risk Based Security), Kenesa Ahmad (WISP) and more to be announced.

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RSAC 2017: Rob Graham on Mirai and IoT Botnets

UPDATED WITH SLIDES (03/15/17)

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At this year’s RSA security conference in San Francisco, researcher Rob Graham gave a presentation entitled “Mirai and IoT Botnet Analysis.” His talk examined the infamous “Mirai” Internet of Things botnet and shared details on how it operates. Graham also covered technical aspects of the cameras it infects and detailed his own experimentation with Mirai in the wild. He went on to discuss last year’s massive DDoS attacks on DNS provider Dyn, which involved variations of the Mirai IoT botnet.

No official AV video recording of this talk, but the audio and RSAC slides are all you need.

Enjoy!

Also, check out Rob’s blog!

-Vince

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PODCAST: Tremendous Day at the CIA

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On Saturday (January 21) President Donald Trump addressed CIA employees at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va.

Standing in front of the famous Memorial Wall dedicated to fallen officers, Trump tried to set aside his “feud” with the CIA by way of a speech which consisted of a series of rants about the “dishonest” media, his inauguration, the war on Islamic terrorism and the merits of Mike Pompeo (his nominee for CIA Director).

The speech garnered a lot of criticism from the press and on social media. Most of the news reporting has focused on President Trump’s “alternate facts” regarding the size of the crowd at his inauguration the day before.

This podcast breaks down the entire speech. Enjoy!

-Vince

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PODCAST: Dataminr and The FIREHOSE

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This episode is on Dataminr, a New York-based startup, which is authorized to analyze the entire Twitter “Firehose” of all live tweets and offer clients advanced social media analytics as a service in the form of digests and news updates.

Kerry Flynn (Mashable) and Russell Brandom (The Verge) have both been reporting on Dataminr and join the podcast to discuss its place in the social media landscape.

DarkExclusive access to information and data feeds, which include Twitter’s raw live tweets, allows Dataminr to filter the data to identify important events and business trends as they unfold and also act as an early warning system for major events like terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other public emergencies.

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Dataminr is Twitter’s only data partner that is also allowed to resell the complete stream of tweets and their clients include large hedge funds, mainstream news outlets, public relations firms, publicly traded corporations and major government entities including, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

dataminr_isisThe DHS, FBI, and CIA have used the service to help with tracking  criminals and terrorists, but have also drawn the ire of the ACLU, who have challenged the use of Dataminr’s services by government agencies to monitor domestic protests.

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