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Final days to vote- SBN Blog & Podcast Awards
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 12:13
Written by jj
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

It’s Tuesday, January 24th, which means there are just 4 days left to vote for your top blogs and podcasts finalists for the Security Bloggers Network Awards, to be presented at RSA Conference USA 2012.

If you’re a member blogger of the SBN, then you’re eligible to vote. Finalists were selected from a panel of outstanding judges (kept secret until after the nominations and finalists were announced). (more…)

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Security Uncorked: Nominated for Security Bloggers Award
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 06:57
Written by jj
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I’m surprised and flattered that among the hundreds of SBN members, my blog was nominated with four others for a Social Security Award for 2010. Although I was at first a little befuddled by the non-technical category, I’m honestly just honored to be placed alongside the likes of ThreatPost, Schneier, Tao and Krebs. In addition to the ‘Best Non-Technical Security Blog’ there are four other categories and awards for bloggers and podcasters. (more…)

Recent Email from Department of National Intelligence
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 06:31
Written by jj
Friday, April 17th, 2009

What a way to start off RSA. I’m not even there yet!

Well I *just* got off the phone with the Press Secretary for Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

If you don’t know what happened, several of us in the ‘security community’ simultaneously received unsolicited emails, claiming to be communication and a press release from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (U.S.). In addition to the content of the email, which Jack so kindly posted in its entirety, there was a PDF attached. You can see the PDF online from DNI’s site.

After a few chats with folks, we were all wondering what the source of the really was, and where the contact list had been pulled from. The entire thing was a bit suspicious, especially on the eves leading to RSA (or any security conference).

Our suspicions were confirmed. It’s all completely innocent. The DNI pulled the RSAMedia Contact list to publish their press release. Evidently there were plans to send an introductory email, but time was short (I’m sure we all understand that), so the intro was omitted and the press release sent as-is.

I sent an inquiry to GovDelivery (the sending entity) which was quickly forwarded to the press office of DNI. Their representative was kind enough to immediately give me a call to confirm the communication was legit.

We had an interesting conversation.We- me, the paranoid security person and he, the press person just trying to get the department’s news out. When he started to apologize for the unsolicited email, I stopped him to assure him I was less concerned with him having my email address, and more concerned that dozens of security specialists were unexpectedly contacted with a PDF attachment prior to a large security conference.

Although he didn’t immediately understand what the concern was in receiving this email, he was extremely polite and interested in ideas for (safely) contacting us security folk. I spent a few seconds explaining why we wouldn’t open attachments from unknown sources, and why we also would not be clicking on any links labeled ‘unsubscribe’ unless we were familiar with the source. As well as why calling the number on the same said email was not a suitable solution for us.

Yes, we’re all paranoid freaks. Well, those of us in the Security Bloggers Network, for sure. But hey, better safe than sorry, right?

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Social Security Awards- Don’t be a hanging chad
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 07:09
Written by jj
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

So, maybe you’re a swinging chad or a tri-chad, and have several blogs you want to vote for? That’s fine. Just don’t be as indecisive as a pregnant chad- nobody likes a pregnant chad.  (more…)

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Welcome to Black Hat Bloggers…
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 07:11
Written by JJ
Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Well, it’s that time of year! Black Hat Las Vegas is just around the corner and the Security Blogger Network is all a-buzz. For the time being, we’re donning the cloak and dagger-like logo and will be focusing blogging and tweeting efforts toward BH. (more…)

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