The Network Security Podcast Hits Episode 150 and 500K Downloads

I first got to know Martin McKeay back when I started blogging. The Network Security Blog was one of the first blogs I found, and Martin and I got to know each other thanks to blogging. Eventually, we started the Security Blogger’s Meetup together. After I left Gartner, Martin invited me to join him as a guest-host on the Network Security Podcast, and it eventually turned into a permanent position. I’ve really enjoyed both podcasting, and getting to know Martin better as we moved from acquaintances to friends. Last night was fairly monumental for the show and for Martin. We recorded episode 150, and a few hours later hit 500,000 total downloads. No, we didn’t do anything special (since we’re both too busy), but I think it’s pretty cool that some security guy with a computer and a microphone would eventually reach tens of thousands of individuals, with hundreds of hours of recordings, based on nothing more than a little internal motivation. Congratulations Martin, and thanks for letting me participate. Now on to the show: This is one of those good news/bad news weeks. On the bad side, Rich messed up and now has to retake an EMT refresher course, despite almost 20 years of experience. Yes, it’s important, but boy does it hurt to lose 2 full weekends learning things you already know. On the upside, this is, as you probably noticed from the title of the post, episode 150! No, we aren’t doing a 12 hour podcast like Paul and Larry did (of PaulDotCom Security Weekly), but we do have the usual collection of interesting security stories. Network Security Podcast, Episode 15, May 12, 2009 Time: 38:18 Show Notes UC Berkeley loses 160K healthcare records. Most people think they will be hacked. Duh. Heartland spends $12.6M on breach response. Possibly half going to MasterCard fines. Rich debuts the Data Breach Triangle, which Martin improves. Tonight’s Music: Neko Case with People Got a Lotta Nerve. Who knew Neko Case had a podsafe MP3 available? Share:

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Project Quant: Draft Survey Questions

Hey folks, While we aren’t posting everything related to Project Quant here on the site, I will be putting up some major milestones. One of the biggies is to develop a survey to gain a better understanding of how organizations manage their patching processes. I just completed my first rough draft of some survey questions over in the forums. The main goal is to understand to what degree people have a formal process, and how their processes are structured. I consider this very rough and in definite need of some help. Please pop over to this thread in the forums and let me know what you think. In particular I’m not sure I’ve actually captured the right set of questions, based on our priorities for the project (I know survey writing is practically an art form). Please let us know what you think. Once we lock it down we will use a variety of mechanisms to get the survey out there, and will follow it up with some focused interviews. Share:

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