In The Weeds: InfoSec Round-Up 11-8-17

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I think I’ve said it before, but, man, people in the #InfoSec world have to be on top of their game. It’s constantly changing, constantly challenging, and constantly mind-blowing. The only constant, is GO!

Like this gem I learned about this morning. Oh, man.  Talk about a security mole.

The above vulnerability has been floating around for at least a decade. But because it’s buried under a processor, well…kind of hard for the Average Jane or Joey to fix it.

The same could be true of the Internet of Things, which last month got a big long white paper for IS folks to get their hands on. It hit public streams more rapidly today, landing in my inbox as well. The short of it? If you’re going to design technology to connect to the internet, you need to design security into it. That’s on the manufacturer. However, as an end user you need to know that any tech connected to the internet is open to attack. But don’t take my word for it. Read the whole paper. It’s 17 pages, but the meat of it is only 12 pages and the last five pages are works cited and SANS workshops.

That’s not the only academic paper I’ve been studying in my quest to become more InfoSec smart. And recently a friend found me reading about cyber security at my local coffee shop. He asked what I planned to do with my new knowledge, and honestly, if I see this heading down any place outside of just reporting about it — being a tech journalist as it were — I would have to say that Artificial Intelligence is a huge draw for me. It’s thrilling and horrifying and sexy and down right exciting. Don’t believe me? Here’s a few links:

How will AI Impact jobs?

Applied Machine Learning

AI Coming to Crypto Trading

Google’s AI Wizard

Old School Vs. New School

What does it all mean? Well much the same as I said above. Things are constantly changing and you have to keep up.  Wonder if the industry will wait for me to learn the basics and then keep going? Yeah, I didn’t think so. But I’m still plugging along.

Thanks for spending this time with learning along with me.

As in weeks past, feel free to leave a comment here about any of those articles. Let’s learn from one another. Okay, have pity on the noob and let me learn from you.

Have another great week InfoSec geeks. See you next week.


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