I have decided to start dropping the occasional post on the blog and talk about some news of interest to me and I hope to you too.
This week is Black Hat. A security conference that has that was started back in 1997 in Las Vegas and has gained tremendously in popularity with computer security people of all types over the years. I have always wanted to go, even when it was more of an excuse to go party (as it was back in the beginning). But, I’ve never quite made it there, maybe next year.
Why do I bring this up to an audience that in general has no interest in the real geeky stuff? Because so much that is important to your day to day online safety is discussed, torn apart, and rebuilt because of this conference and others like it.
Of tremendous interest this year is Dan Geer’s keynote speech. The gist of it being, all those clever gadgets to run your house… yeah, they have some really big security holes in them. Holes you could drive a truck through. Worse yet these items are unfixable. Once they have been brought into the world and are embedded in your daily life, they become a major catastrophe waiting to happen. I will be discussing some of these things as the podcast goes on. In the meantime, if you plan on buying some clever gadget so you can control your house when you aren’t home, you may want to rethink or at least scale down.
I have met Dan, I have seen him speak several times. He is absolutely brilliant. Had he been my statistics prof in college, I may have chucked computers and become a statistician.