Short post this week folks, due to the fact that I have been busy with all sorts of stuff not related to InfoSec and there not being a big ticket item for me to muse about.
The biggest thing I saw was based on the ZDNet Article about Lawsuits and Research. It is pretty eye opening, and while there are some great points, (and one J0hnnyXmas telling his story), it really is just the tip of the iceberg. There is no suggestions of solutions for the idea of suing researchers into oblivion, and that is what is needed. Smashing Security talked about it this week and had a thought of a Good Samaritan law to protect researchers, but that could take years to even come about, plus it would have to happen in multiple countries.
Cisco released its Annual Cybersecurity Report, which you can get for free with giving them your e-mail address. I have not seen anything in it yet that sticks out at me as eye opening, just a lot of confirmation of things already talked about across the field.
Outside of that Thotcon has posted its full speaker list. There are some talks that I am looking forward to. The only issue I have is I know I will not get to see all the talks I want as they will be at the same time as each other or the mini-trainings I would like to go to. Since Thotcon styles itself in the old school hacker context and does not record talks, I hope many of these talks are given at cons that will record them so I can catch what I missed. Thotcon, which is in Chicago, is the first weekend in May this year and is sold out so watch and use the twitters if you want tickets for it.
Coming April 12-13, Cyphercon is in the Milwaukee area. While they have not posted a full list of speakers yet, I can say that I will be giving a 25 minute talk on some thoughts on improving security with integration. So as a response to my whole rant about CFPs earlier this year, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. I also hear that Hacks4Pancakes (Lesley Carhart) will be speaking there, and that you do not want to miss. Tickets are still available so check it out.
As always feel free to hit me up on Twitter, I love a good discussion/debate.