Incite 6/25/2014: June Daze

I’m not sure why I ever think I’ll get anything done in June. I do try. I convince myself this year will be different. I look at the calendar and figure I’ll be able to squeeze in some writing. I’m always optimistic that I will be able to crank through it because there is stuff to get done. And then at the end of June I just shrug and say to myself, “Yup, another June gone and not much got done.” That’s not really true. I did a lot of travel. I took some great vacations with the family. I had great meetings with clients. But from a deliverables standpoint, not much got done at all. I shouldn’t be hard on myself because I have been at home a grand total of 30 hours for the entire month thus far. Seriously, 30 hours. Yes, I understand these are first world problems. I mentioned that the girls dance at Disney, then it was off to the west coast for a client meeting. Then I flew across the pond for a couple days in London for the Eskenzi PR CISO forum. For the first time (shocking!), I got to tour around London and it was great. What a cool city! Duh. As I mentioned in Solo Exploration I’ve made a point to explore cities I visit when possible, and equipped with my trusty mini-backpack I set out to see London. And I did. I saw shows. I checked out the sites with the rest of the tourists. I took selfies (since evidently that’s what all the kids do today). I met up with some friends of friends (non-work related) and former colleagues who I don’t get to see enough. It was great. But right when I got home, it was a frantic couple hours of packing to get ready for the annual beach trip with my in-laws. Yup, told you this was a first world problem. I did work a bit at the beach, but that was mostly to make sure I didn’t drown when I resurfaced today. I also had some calls to do since I wasn’t able to do them earlier in the month, and given that I commit to family time by noon, there wasn’t a lot of time to write. There never is in June. Then last Sunday we dropped the kids off for their 6+ weeks of camp and I spent another couple days meeting friends and clients in DC around a certain other analyst firm’s annual security conference. So by the time we packed up the van and headed back to ATL yesterday, I have basically been gone the entire month. Now I have a few days in ATL to dig out and then it’s another quick trip next week. Yes, this is the life I chose. Yes, I really enjoy the work. And yes, I’m in a daze and it won’t slow down until the middle of July. Then I’ll get to bang through the backlog and start work on summer projects. I could make myself crazy about what’s not getting done, or I can take a step back and remember things are great. I choose the latter, so I’ll get done what I can and smile about it. I will be sure to be a bit more realistic about what will get done next June. Until I’m not. –Mike Photo credit: “Daze” originally uploaded by Clifford Horn The fine folks at the RSA Conference posted the talk Jennifer Minella and I gave on mindfulness at the conference this year. You can check it out on YouTube. Take an hour and check it out. Your emails, alerts, and Twitter timeline will be there when you get back. Securosis Firestarter Have you checked out our new video podcast? Rich, Adrian, and Mike get into a Google Hangout and.. hang out. We talk a bit about security as well. We try to keep these to 15 minutes or less, and usually fail. June 17 – Apple and Privacy May 19 – Wanted Posters and SleepyCon May 12 – Another 3 for 5: McAfee/OSVDB, XP Not Dead, CEO head rolling May 5 – There Is No SecDevOps April 28 – The Verizon DBIR April 14 – Three for Five March 24 – The End of Full Disclosure March 19 – An Irish Wake March 11 – RSA Postmortem Feb 21 – Happy Hour – RSA 2014 Heavy Research We are back at work on a variety of blog series, so here is a list of the research currently underway. Remember you can get our Heavy Feed via RSS, with our content in all its unabridged glory. And you can get all our research papers too. Trends in Data Centric Security Introduction Open Source Development and Application Security Analysis Development Trends Application Security Introduction Understanding Role-based Access Control Advanced Concepts Introduction NoSQL Security 2.0 Understanding NoSQL Platforms Introduction Newly Published Papers Advanced Endpoint and Server Protection Defending Against Network-based DDoS Attacks Reducing Attack Surface with Application Control Leveraging Threat Intelligence in Security Monitoring The Future of Security Security Management 2.5: Replacing Your SIEM Yet? Defending Data on iOS 7 Eliminating Surprises with Security Assurance and Testing Incite 4 U Problem fixed. Now clean up your mess. Yes, some 300k sites have yet to patch the OpenSSL ‘Heartbleed’ vulnerability, but a more troubling issue is that residual leaked data will cause ongoing problems, as Robert Hansen illustrated in The Ghost of Information Disclosure Past. Many vulnerable sites had credentials scraped, and while they asked their users to reset their passwords, they did not force resets. Attackers now have accumulated credentials which can provide fun and mayhem for anyone with 5 Bitcoins. The Heartbleed cleanup is messy, and in cases where (potentially) all user passwords could be compromised, it is best to “nuke from orbit” and require resets for all registered users. No one said it was easy, right? – AL You too can be a security person: There is no doubting the skills shortage in security. We routinely talk to folks who have open positions for 6-12 months and they are significantly compromising on the skills & capabilities of candidates.

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