Woke up from an afternoon nap to find out my Twitter account is suspended.
If you have noticed I’m not tweeting or replying to your tweets, it’s because I can’t. Hopefully this situation is temporary, because Twitter is my favorite social media platform and I would certainly miss my daily interactions with friends there.
For now, I’ve found the silver lining in not obsessively checking my Twitter feed.
Interacting more with people in meat space and refocusing on work is always a good thing. Also, I hope to blog here more and will continue to do my podcast.
I might be suspended from Twitter, but I’m not suspended from the Internet. Yet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Exclusive 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.
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.
The 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.