Incite 10/1/2014: Stranger in my own town

I had a bit of a surreal experience earlier this week. Rich probably alluded to it a few times on the Twitter, but we are all as busy as we have been since we started the new Securosis 5 years ago. I m traveling like a mad man and it’s getting hard to squeeze in important meetings with long-time clients. But you do what you need to – we built this business on relationships, and that means we pay attention to the ones that matter. So when a Monday meeting on the west coast is the only window you can meet with a client before an important event, you do it. I flew out Sunday and had a good meeting Monday. But there was a slight complication. I was scheduled to do the mindfulness talk with JJ at the ISC2 Congress Tuesday morning in Atlanta. I had agreed to speak months ago and it’s my favorite talk, so there was no way I was bailing on JJ. That means the red-eye. Bah! I hate the red-eye. I have friends who thrive on it. They hate the idea of spending a working day in the air. I relish it because I don’t have calls and can mute the Tweeter. I get half a day of solid thinking, writing, or relaxing time. With in-flight networking I can catch up on emails and reading if I choose. So I can be productive and compensate for my challenges sleeping on planes. If I get a crappy night’s sleep the next couple of days are hosed, and that’s not really an option right now. Thankfully I got an upgrade to first class, which is about as rare as sniffing unicorn dust. I poured my exhausted self into my first-class seat, plugged in my headphones, and slept pretty well, all things considered. It wasn’t solid sleep, but it was sleep. When we landed in ATL I felt decent. Which was a lot better than I expected. So what now? Normally I’d get in the car and drive home to get all pretty for the conference. But that wouldn’t work this week because I needed to be in another city Tuesday afternoon, ahead of another strategy day on Wednesday. I didn’t have time to go home, clean up, and then head back downtown for my talk. I made some calls to folks who would be at the ISC2 conference and was graciously offered the use of a shower. But that would involve wading into some man soup in a flop room, so I was grateful for the offer, but kept looking for alternatives. Then I realized the ATL airport has showers in some of its Sky Clubs. So I trudged down to the International Terminal and found a very spacious, comfortable changing room and shower. It was bigger than some hotel rooms I’ve had in Europe. I became a stranger in my own town. Showering up at my home airport to do a talk in my city before heading back to the airport to grab another flight to another city. The boy told me it was cool to be in 3 cities in less than a day. I told him not so much, but it’s what I do. It’s a strange nomadic existence. But I’m grateful that I have clients who want to meet with me, and a family who is understanding of the fact that I love my job… –Mike Photo credit: “Darth Shower” originally uploaded by _Teb The fine folks at the RSA Conference posted the talk Jennifer Minella and I did 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. 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In practice someone can fake a certificate for eBay or Amazon – or any other SSL connection – and act as a man-in-the-middle, collecting any private data sent down the pipe. You’d think that we would have beaten on SSL libraries enough to uncover these types of flaws, but just as with the bash shell vulnerability we will

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