So, in case you missed it, the world blew up last week. Again.
This time it’s not COVID-19 that takes the headlines, it’s rioting. Rioting that was triggered by (NOT caused by) one of the most disturbing videos I’ve ever watched, that of Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd. As I write this, riots are taking place (or have taken place) in Atlanta, Bakersfield, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas/Fort Worth, Des Moines, Denver, Detroit, District of Columbia, Houston, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York City, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, and San Jose, among many others. The media is reporting riots are even taking place in other countries!
Seems like the world is on fire. While this isn’t the place for us to dig into the debate about racial injustice and inequality, we’ve all got opinions (and I’ll share mine later, in another place/time). The UNSECURITY Podcast is dedicated to information security, so we’ll stay on topic. Today’s current events are hard to process, but a relevant question is, what do current events mean to/for information security? This will be our topic.
I’m not going to recap last week/weekend personal events here either. We might discuss these things a little during the time that Brad and I catch up with each other, but otherwise, we have plenty to discuss in this episode. Let’s get to it!
These are my (Evan) show notes…
SHOW NOTES – Episode 82
Date: Monday, June 1st, 2020
Episode 82 Topics
- Catching Up (as per usual)
- World On Fire
- Wrapping Up – Shout outs
[Evan] Hey there! Welcome to episode 82 of the UNSECURITY Podcast. Today’s date is June 1st, 2020. Due to a lack of personal hygiene, well mostly a hair cut, I’m your information security chia pet, Evan Francen. Joining me is my good friend and co-host Brad Nigh. Good morning Brad!
[Brad] He wishes all the listeners nothing but the best of mornings!
[Evan] Some serious stuff to talk about in today’s show, but one of the most serious things, for me at least, is checking in with you. How you doing Mr. Nigh?
Quick discussion about last week, the weekend, family, safety etc.
[Brad] Gives us the low down on his haps.
[Evan] I give the low down on my haps. Also, I hit a deer on my motorcycle on Saturday (again). What the?!?! Who does this?
World On Fire
[Evan] It was easy to pick a topic for this week’s show. Just when you think the world couldn’t get any crazier, we encounter the events of last week. There are so many thoughts and emotions running through our heads. Everything from sorrow to anger to frustration and everything in between. We don’t ever want to shy away from tough issues, but we also need to keep things on topic (information security) for the show. What I’d like to do is discuss today’s current events and apply them to what we do. Ultimately, what do all these things mean to information security?
Whatya say Brad, you game?
[Brad] He’s a smart and competitive son of a gun. You know he’s game!
Things to discuss:
- FRSecure’s Information Security Principle #1; a business is in business to make money.
- Physical security implications, lessons, ideas, etc.
- What does this mean for cyber/technical security?
- Some organizations are targets.
- Personnel information security implications.
- If COVID-19 wasn’t enough to motivate better response planning, does this?
- Whatever other pertinent thoughts come to mind.
[Evan] Great discussion and lots of good advice I think! Let’s do some newsy stuff.
[Evan] Even though information security may not be dominating the news, there are still plenty of information security news stories to choose from. Here are three news stories that caught my eye.
- Hacker leaks database of dark web hosting provider – https://www.zdnet.com/article/hacker-leaks-database-of-dark-web-hosting-provider/
- HackerOne Paid $100 Million in Bug Bounties to Ethical Hackers – https://gbhackers.com/hackerone-paid-100-million-in-bug-bounties/
- Google sued by Arizona for tracking users’ locations in spite of settings – https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2020/05/29/google-sued-by-arizona-for-tracking-users-locations-in-spite-of-settings/
Wrapping Up – Shout outs
[Evan] Alright listeners! That’s episode 82. Brad, who you got a shout out for?
[Brad] Somebody special for sure!
[Evan] Here’s mine…
[Evan] Thank you to all our listeners! You guys are a big deal to us. PLEASE be safe out there; physically, mentally, and electronically. Let us know what you think of this episode or whatever else is on your mind. Send us things (preferably not malware, but whatever) by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re the social type, socialize with us on Twitter, I’m @evanfrancen and you can find this Brad guy @BradNigh. If you wanna follow our company’s stuff, you can follow SecurityStudio (@studiosecurity) and FRSecure (@FRSecure) for whatever cool things they’re up to.
That’s it! Talk to you all again next week!