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Jack Daniel: 3 Books that Changed My Life

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 08:59

Jack Daniel: 3 Books that Changed My Life

In this series, I asked infosec professionals to name 3 books that changed their life. This entry features picks from Jack Daniel, the self-proclaimed security curmudgeon and peer-described “glue” of our industry.

Perhaps best known as the co-founder of Security BSides, there are many accolades of Jack’s professional success, and I might say the more subtle, softer side of Jack is often overshadowed by his well-developed curmudgeonly persona. The short version is that he wins awards, does great things, helps lots of people, and will never turn a blind eye or hurried goodbye to a friend in need. He does all this while sporting an exceptionally long beard and skeptical brow, both of which he’s well known for.

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IT Hot Topics Conference & Trainings 2015- Celebrating 30 years!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 06:17

IT Hot Topics Conference & Trainings 2015- Celebrating 30 years!

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Carolina Advanced Digital, and the 13th anniversary of our annual IT Hot Topics Conference. New for 2015, we have a great lineup of certification trainings, extended social activities, new content, and special guest speakers.

The venue is beautiful and easy to access. The content is driven by the attendees. The speakers are always top-notch. In recent years, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting Katie Moussouris, Chris Hoff, Chris Nickerson, Mike Rothman, Zach Lanier, Deviant, Mike Murray, Shannon Tufts, Johnny Long, John McCumber, Ryan Linn, Tyler Shields, Patrick Miller, and more.

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Getting Involved in the Community- Join us live or later on Dark Reading Radio 2/18

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 05:21

Getting Involved in the Community- Join us live or later on Dark Reading Radio 2/18

Wednesday, February 18th at 1pm Eastern- listen live, or download and enjoy later, as Josh Corman and I join Dark Reading’s Tim Wilson, Sara Peters, and Curtis Franklin to challenge listeners to get more involved in the security community.

How To Get More Involved In the IT Security Communityimage-dark reading
with Jennifer Minella and Josh Corman on Dark Reading Radio
Date: 2/18/2015 1:00 PM New York/10:00 AM San Francisco
More information and registration

How can security professionals better engage with their peers, both in person and online? In this Dark Reading Radio show, we will talk to leaders at some of the security industry’s professional organizations about how security pros can get more involved – with their colleagues in the same industry, with their peers in other industries, and with the IT security community as a whole.

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Dave Kennedy: 3 Books that Changed My Life

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 11:09

Dave Kennedy: 3 Books that Changed My Life

In this series, I asked infosec professionals to name 3 books that changed their life. This entry includes picks from our favorite as-Seen-on-TV security consultant, author and friend, Dave Kennedy.

Dave is another person I’d consider to be a bit of an anomaly in our world; combining finely-tuned technical skills with a keen business sense. He’s just one of those guys you can’t help but like. An ex-Marine… err, sorry… a no-longer-active-duty Marine, husband and father, Dave loves long walks on the beach, Dr. Who, and videos of cute animals. I didn’t know what to expect from Dave on this assignment; given his varied background, business success, and strong family values, his picks could have spanned any topic. If you want a chuckle, know that Dave responded with a full narrative and photos to my initial request in less than 22 minutes. I emailed back to ask if he happened to have a top 3 book list waiting around, but he didn’t; he typed it all that quickly. Always the over-achiever!

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Illena Armstrong: 3 Books that Changed My Life

Tuesday, 3 February 2015 10:58

Illena Armstrong: 3 Books that Changed My Life

In this series, I asked infosec professionals to name 3 books that changed their life. This entry features picks from Illena Armstrong, editorial mastermind behind SC Magazine.

You don’t work in the information security industry for long before you see Illena’s name everywhere. We’ve met in passing many times, and I am always struck by how down-to-earth and accessible she is. One thing you’ll notice about Illena immediately is an uncommon balance of strength and softness — yang and yin, if you will. The energy that exudes from her is simultaneously calming, exciting, and somehow familiar, so she immediately came to mind while compiling professionals for this “3 books” series. As you’ll see, Illena made it a “5 books” post; but, like her, I couldn’t possibly narrow down her five to three. Her notes to this effect are left in tact below; they made me laugh, and I think you’ll appreciate them.

Now, we get to explore these decidedly non-tech picks from our industry’s most recognized editor for information security news. Here’s what Illena shared:

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At the infamous Sloppy Joe’s in Key West Inside Hemingway’s house

To name three influential books is tough. There are an astounding number of them across many genres that are significant to me in some way. But, the characteristics necessary to the task of brevity, which I frequently employ day-to-day, escape me in undertaking this exercise. I did try.

book-illena-01-oldmanandsea 1. The Old Man & the Sea

Ernest Hemingway is my main man. The concision and depth of his writing is astounding. The shelf life of his stories’ many teachings is irrefutable and the grays of right versus wrong laid out in them are made with an undeniable force. Of all his tales, I call out The Old Man & the Sea What I took from it has much to do with maintaining strength in moments of great adversity, the idea that persevering means to be fulfilled by the achievement of a long-sought-after goal and, more importantly, the journey to get there even if the resulting fruits aren’t plain to others.

book-illena-02-rulesforoldmenwaiting 2. Rules for Old Men Waiting

Peter Pouncey only wrote one fictional novel as far as I know. And while I long for more from him, I wonder if he’d ever be able to pen something so beautiful, rare and layered as Rules for Old Men Waiting. Not only are the rules that the main character, MacIver, shares worthy of some thoughtful reflection, but so are the two different stories he tells in this one slim book. To me, they show that the strength, soundness and fortitude of one’s character combined with the long-lasting honesty, support and love we give to those we cherish can be a mighty powerful force – maybe the most powerful

book-illena-03-assaultontonys 3. Leaving Las Vegas, Stripper Lessons and The Assault on Tony’s

John O’Brien and the three of his four books I’ve read and re-read – Leaving Las Vegas, Stripper Lessons and The Assault on Tony’s (his last, Better, was published after his suicide and I’ve not put my hands on it just yet) are something of a revelation in showcasing the human condition. In his stories as in life, one’s mental and moral courage or its absence, along with characteristics like empathy, resilience, love, sincerity and many more, can inform choices and dictate the kinds of imprints we leave behind. These are concepts I always like to keep close.

book-illena-04-tokillamockingbird 4. To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird gives us the principled Atticus Finch who unwaveringly stands on the side of integrity and what’s right even when he’s shoring up that side virtually alone. It provides us with the curiosity, thoughtfulness, moxy and genuineness of Scout, who’s trying hard to follow her dad’s lead. There’s the quiet, observant might and caring of Boo Radley who risks his own safety to protect those who most need it. For me, an amazingly important book.

book-illena-05-nocountryforoldmen 5. No Country for Old Men

Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men was one of those books that came along at just the right time. From it I reaffirmed and took comfort in something I already knew but somehow forgot: That a great fire loved ones helped me build and maintain from my start always would light a way for me “in all that dark and all that cold,” even if I no longer had the comfort of their physical presence to bolster me.

I could go on, for sure (I’ve not talked about Sylvia Plath, Raymond Carver, Charles Bukowski and so many others), but I risk boring you already. Maybe there are a few titles here, though, that pique your interest. Your interpretations of these stories may differ from my own, but I’m hoping your takeaways will be just a strong, helpful and, maybe, revelatory.

Ways to find Illena Armstrong:

Go to “3 Books That Changed My Life” series introduction post.

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Wireless for Beginners Part 3: Getting the Signal
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This article by Jennifer Minella originally appeared in Network Computing. Part 1 of this introduction to wireless outlines the basics of radio frequencies and waves. Part 2 explores the challenges of the half duplex properties of wireless networking and mechanisms for avoiding collisions that would disrupt traffic. The final installment addresses encoding algorithms and interference.
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Good, Bad and Ugly: On SecTor’s Wall of Shame
Good, Bad and Ugly: On SecTor’s Wall of Shame
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In the past 48 hours or so, rumours about the SecTor Wall of Shame have been circulating through the intertubes, blogs, twitter and exhibitor floor conversations.
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Get the Real Scoop on Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) and 802.11ac
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The wireless world has been abuzz with talk of Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) and the complications with adhering to the DFS requirements while deploying a 5GHz-only high-speed 802.11ac network. What is DFS? Why is DFS an issue? How does wireless impact radar, and vice versa? What are the added challenges when deploying 802.11ac WiFi? In my three-part series over at Network Computing, we take a dive in to these questions, and more.
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Wireless for Beginners Part 1: RF and Waves
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This article by Jennifer Minella originally appeared in Network Computing. Wireless networking presents a unique set of challenges that have to be overcome to get information from point A to point B. Most of the quirkiness of wireless technologies has to do with the controls put in place to allow it to operate over the physical medium of the air. From collision avoidance to time slicing and even data rates, the functions and characteristics of wireless success (and failure) can most often be traced to the challenges of communicating over the air. This series starts with an overview of wireless’s most often-overlooked but fundamental elements: the properties of RF and waves. 
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Smoke and Mirrors? The Upcoming Defcon WPA2 Crack
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Okay folks. A lot of people have asked me about this over the past two days, so here’s my response on the WPA2 vulnerability that’s to be announced at BlackHat and Defcon next week. More
Culture, not Conference: Anecdotes of Black Hat & Defcon
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I didn’t have a clue what I was in for… This was my first adventure to the infamous Black Hat and Defcon Conferences, held back to back in Las Vegas. Black Hat was probably a good segue (for me) into the Defcon culture, which managed to add volumes more chaos and debauchery to the already existing confusion of sin city. More

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