They say you can’t go home.

What a load of garbage.

You can totally go home (unless you’re from Fukushima or Chernobyl). In fact I am writing this week’s Summary in Boulder, Colorado – on a three-week trip to catch up with old friends, play hipster in coffee shops, and change my attitude with a little altitude. Better yet, I am writing this sitting in the Boulder Library while my kids enjoy musical story time.

You can always go home – what you can’t do is go back in time. It doesn’t matter if you live within 15 miles of where you grew up, or run off to distant lands like me – time marches on. People leave, restaurants change, and even culture evolves and adapts. The point isn’t how much home changes, but how much you change – or don’t.

I am not the same person I was when I arrived in Boulder back in 1989, and that’s a good thing. I’m not the same person I was 8 years ago when I left for a girl in Arizona. Among other things I have 3 kids and can’t spend my free time running off for mountain rescues. I had an awesome life back then, but it isn’t the life I want now.

There is nothing wrong with nostalgia, but there is a fine line between reminiscing for days on the past and trying to live in the past. We all have friends stuck in their own personal glory days, making themselves miserable by refusing to move on. I may miss my kid-free freedom back then, but I am living the life I want now, and I would be missing out on the constant stream of amazing experiences my family gives me.

Some stores have changed, some bars have changed, and some buildings were updated, but it’s still Boulder. As much as I miss Tulagis, Potters, and Pearls, I would be pathetic if I tried to hang there now, over 40. There seems to be more money in town, but this was always the national headquarters of the Limousine Liberals of the People’s Republic. It’s just as intolerantly tolerant as ever, and after spending time in Phoenix I really do notice the hippies more. (And the hippies still suck).

I’m home and loving it. I may not be hanging with my old friends at the old places but I get to take my kids on my favorite hikes, enjoy the surprising number of local restaurants still here, and sneak off for some favorite rides and runs. I am also learning how much better a place this is to be with children than I thought when living here – there are an amazing range of activities, even without popping down to Denver.

On that note, I need to take my bike in for service, pick up a new bike trailer for the baby, decide which organic, sustainably fed and ‘humanely’ slaughtered ground bird I will grill for dinner, and arrange a few post-hike microbrew excursions. Yeah, my life is hard.

On to the Summary:

Webcasts, Podcasts, Outside Writing, and Conferences
Adrian presenting next week on Tokenization vs. Encryption.
Favorite Securosis Posts
Adrian Lane: Bloomberg Pulls a News Corp on Goldman. We have hypothesized about this type of thing happening for a few years – this is the greatest fear of enterprises about cloud services.
Mike Rothman: $45M Heist Used a 5 Year Old (at least) Technique. Rich nails it: what’s old is new.
Rich: The Onion hack brings tears to my eyes. What’s not to love?
Other Securosis Posts
Boundaries won’t help GRC.
Incite 5/15/2013: Fraud Hits Close to Home.
Favorite Outside Posts
Adrian Lane: A Saudi Arabia Telecom’s Surveillance Pitch. “What Mobily is up to is what’s currently happening everywhere, and we can’t ignore that.” < That. Governments and enterprise often place more value on your social media communications than you do.
Mike Rothman: Warren Buffett: The three things I look for in a person. Adrian and Gunnar are card-carrying Buffett fanboys so I expect them to like this. I love this way to evaluate people: “Intelligence, energy, and integrity. And if they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two.”
Rich: Ricky Gervais on the difference between US and UK humor. Actually, there is a lot in here about how we approach writing about security, and the difference between analytical humor and pure trolling.
Dave Lewis: Hear Ye, Future Deep Throats: This Is How to Leak to the Press.
Research Reports and Presentations
Email-based Threat Intelligence: To Catch a Phish.
Network-based Threat Intelligence: Searching for the Smoking Gun.
Understanding and Selecting a Key Management Solution.
Building an Early Warning System.
Implementing and Managing Patch and Configuration Management.
Defending Against Denial of Service (DoS) Attacks.
Securing Big Data: Security Recommendations for Hadoop and NoSQL Environments.
Tokenization vs. Encryption: Options for Compliance.
Pragmatic Key Management for Data Encryption.
The Endpoint Security Management Buyer’s Guide.
Top News and Posts
Indian companies at center of global cyber heist. Update on last week’s $45M theft.
Bloomberg reporters allegedly used financial terminals to spy on Wall Street.
Larry Page I/O keynote: Google CEO blasts Microsoft, Oracle, laws, and the media.
Chinese internet: ‘a new censorship campaign has commenced’.
Apple deluged by police demands to decrypt iPhones.
Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write.
Boston judge limits access to Aaron Swartz court records < wagons circling.
Blog Comment of the Week
This week’s best comment goes to Andrew, in response to Boundaries won’t help GRC.

I mischievously ask GRC vendors “who is the intended budget holder, G, R or C?” And often as not, the benefits of GRC tools go to audit. Business lines, as we all know, love to make audit more powerful ….