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It’s Official, Serverless Is Now Meaningless and That’s...Ok?

Serverless used to mean something…maybe. Does it mean anything to the cloud community today?

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Is Google LaMDA Sentient?

Is a Google language model alive? One researcher certainly thinks so.

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Twitter To Add Edit Button...Finally

Twitter finally admits it’s working on an edit button. Why now?

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Okta Breach Highlight The Challenges of Incident Response Communications

Okta is responding to a public cybersecurity incident, what can we learn from how they handled communications?

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CloudFlare Launches an API Gateway

CloudFlare launches a new API Gateway product, will is shake up the market?

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Automating Audit Evidence Collection Natively in AWS

Google Cloud makes some small pricing adjustments and reactions are mixed. Here are my thoughts.

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Google Cleans Up Google Cloud Development

Google Cloud recently cleaned up both the CLIs and SDKs for building in the Google Cloud.

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Automating Audit Evidence Collection Natively in AWS

The AWS Audit Manager can help organize all of your audit and compliance evidence. This solution helps streamline the collection of non-AWS resource …

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Some Thoughts on AWS Well-Architected Custom Lenses

The AWS Well-Architected Tool allows users to create their own Custom Lenses. I have thoughts…

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Your Web Browser As Your Computer

Google Chrome OS Flex is going to help put Chrome OS on a lot more computers. That’s a good thing, right?

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Web3 Is Full of Optimism, A $2 Million Dollar Bug Might Change That

Optimism (an L2 Ethereum project) just paid out a two million dollar bug bounty.

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Thoughts On The AWS Virtual Waiting Room Solution

Building a ticketing or registration system? AWS just released a solution to help queue demand.

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Preventing That “Whoops” Moment With Your Data In The Cloud

Attackers can find your cloud misconfigurations with almost no effort, why can’t you?

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Making Sure Events Don't Drop In The AWS Cloud

Once you’ve aggregated all of your AWS Security Hub Findings, here’s one way to visualize and analyze them.

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Visualizing A Lot of AWS Security Hub Findings

Once you’ve aggregated all of your AWS Security Hub Findings, here’s one way to visualize and analyze them.

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NFTs, Web3, and The Blockchain Have Their Place…Maybe

Are NFTs, Web3, and Blockchains useful? Or just hype?

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Hype & Money Are Testing The Idea of NFTs

Too much hype and money make NFTs a risky bet right now.

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Why Multi-Factor Authentication Is Critical To Stopping Hackers From Getting Into Your Accounts

Two minutes of work can stop hackers in cold in their tracks.

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What Is A Bug Bounty And Why Are They Important?

Bug bounties help bridge the gap between security researchers and companies.

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A 326 Million Dollar Smart Contract Bug

The risks of smart contract bugs are quickly becoming apparently. They can cost millions.

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Why Do Amazon S3 Data Breaches Keep Happening?

Misconfigurations in Amazon S3 keep happening. Here’s why and how to stop them.

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Can You Own A Colour? Can You Try?

The NFT/Web3 world certain is the wild west…and some projects are way, way more wild.

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The Number One Problem With Web3 Smart Contracts

If you can’t read the code in a Web3 contract, do you really know what it’s going to do?

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Is A Bug In A Web3 Smart Contract Part of the Contract?

If a smart contract works as coded and the code is wrong, is the contract valid?

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When Is a Hacker Not a Hacker?

Anytime there’s a security issue, someone gets labelled a hacker. Is that the right term?

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If Apple’s FaceID Works With Masks On, Will That Reduce Your Security?

😷📲 …finally

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Why You Should Build Less, Not More

Just because you can solve a problem, doesn’t mean you should.

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An Uncomfortable Admission On Work

Good enough sometimes is.

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Is Digital Privacy Important?

Digital privacy is critical in our communities. Why don’t we have it?

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Enriching AWS Security Hub Findings

AWS Security Hub Findings are great, but they can be better. Here’s a simple pattern from the AWS team to enrich those findings automatically.

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How To Explain Complex Technology Topics To A Broad Audience

Here are the steps I use to break down technology topics for a wider audience.

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Risk Analysis (And Essays) Shouldn’t End in “Um”

“Um” is not a great call to action, but sometimes it’s all you’ve got.

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How Can You Figure out How Likely an App Is to Have Security Problems?

Can you—as a user—understand an app or service’s security posture? If so, how?

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How The App Privacy Card in the Apple App Store Matters To You

What steps should we take to evaluate the privacy impact of a mobile app?

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Do You Care About Data Privacy? Does Anyone?

Data Privacy Day is January 28th, can we raise awareness about the issues around data privacy effectively? Will you take action?

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Despite 5G’s Capabilities, Mobile Providers Can’t Connect With Airline Industry

5G mid-band is rolling out in the USA with a last minute please from airline industries for more safey precautions. Why the last minute appeal?

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Encryption Is Good For You and Your Community

Should be able to encrypt your communications? The debate is on…again

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Would You Put Your Security in the Hands of a Guess?

A lot of risk decisions are made in the dark…why?

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What Is Risk?

How do we respond to risk? Do we have the data we need to make an informed decision?

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Security Challenges With NFTs

NFTs are digital assets. That means there are cybersecurity concerns with them too.

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You Just Bought An NFT, What Did You Actually Buy?

NFTs are all the rage right now. Make sure you understand what they are before diving in.

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What Are Blockchain, Web3, and NFTs?

The hype around these terms is muddying the waters. What exactly are NFTs, blockchains, and Web3?

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Meeting Goals With Feedback Loops

There are a ton of frameworks out there for building solutions but I think conceptually, it really boils down to goals and feedback loops

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Your Goal In Building Something With Technology

It’s exciting building solutions with the latest frameworks and technology. Is that the best route to meet our goals? What ARE our goals?

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Digital Privacy Is All About Choice

When we talk about privacy, what are we really talking about? The formal definition of privacy is definitely outdated. What would a good definition …

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Stop Focusing on Stopping Hackers and Cybercriminals

If the goal of cybersecurity is to make sure that the system you are building works as intended and only as intended, what about stopping hackers?

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Why Aren’t Security and Privacy Part of the Foundation of Technology?

Security and privacy are inextricably linked. Why aren’t they at the core of all technology?

2021 > 110 posts

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Can We Improve How IDT Stored Secrets in AWS in 2017?

In late 2017, IDT did an AWS “This is My Architecture” video. The video talks about how they managed secret information in their AWS …

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Can We Improve How iRobot Deployed Microservices in 2017?

In late 2017, iRobot did an AWS “This is My Architecture” video. The video talks about how they deployed their microservices in AWS.

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Stephen Schmidt's Security Leadership Session at AWS re:Invent 2021

The leadership session at AWS re:Invent provide a deeper dive into a specific area of focus. Stephen Schmidt, CISO at AWS takes the stage to talk all …

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Werner Vogel's Keynote at AWS re:Invent 2021

AWS re:Invent is always THE event in cloud. Werner Voegls delivered the latest version of his hotly anticipated keynote on day four.

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How To Build Streaming Media Solutions In The AWS Cloud

Amazon Inspector first launched in 2015. Now in 2021, it’s re-launching with a brand new architecture and a host of new features.

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Peter DeSantis' Keynote at AWS re:Invent 2021

AWS re:Invent is always THE event in cloud. Petere DeSantis’ keynote provided a peek behind the curtain of the technology that drive AWS itself.

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Opinions my own: Corey Quinn & Bill Vass

Corey Quinn interviews key AWS leaders in a casual settings. This time he sits down with Bill Vass, VP Technology & Engineering

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Swami Sivasubramanian's Keynote at AWS re:Invent 2021

AWS re:Invent is always THE event in cloud. Swami Sivasubramanian took the stage to deliver the machine learning focused keynote on day three.

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Adam Selipsky's Keynote at AWS re:Invent 2021

AWS re:Invent is always THE event in cloud. Adam Selipsky gave his first keynote as the CEO of AWS. Here’s what he covered during this two hour …

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A First Look At The Brand New Amazon Inspector

Amazon Inspector first launched in 2015. Now in 2021, it’s re-launching with a brand new architecture and a host of new features.

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AWS Re-launches Amazon Inspector To Find Software Vulnerabilities

AWS re-launches a dramatically improved Amazon Inspector, a software vulnerability discovery/management service.

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The Top AWS re:Invent Announcements

Here are the top AWS announcements leading up to and during AWS re:Invent 2021.

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The Ultimate Guide to AWS re:Invent 2021

AWS re:Invent is always THE event in cloud. This post is the ultimate guide to getting the most out of the show.

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Getting The Most Out of AWS re:Invent Remotely

AWS re:Invent is always THE event in cloud. This year a lot of people can’t attend in person. This post tells you how to get the most out of the …

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AWS re:Invent Virtual Session Catalog

AWS re:Invent has over 500 sessions available remotely. Here’s a near complete list for easy searching.

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Performance Efficiency in the AWS Well-Architected Framework

An overview of the AWS Well-Architected Frameworks’ Performance Efficiency pillar.

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How (Not)? To Move A Security Practice To The Cloud

Most security practices make the same set of mistakes when moving to the cloud. This talk looks at those mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Reliability in the AWS Well-Architected Framework

An overview of the AWS Well-Architected Frameworks’ Reliability pillar.

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Updating Your Security Practice for the Cloud, Step-by-Step

There are massive opportunities to advance your security practice as your business moves into the cloud. This talk provides a step-by-step approach …

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Cost Optimization in the AWS Well-Architected Framework

An overview of the AWS Well-Architected Frameworks’ Cost Optimization pillar.

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Security in the AWS Well-Architected Framework

An overview of the AWS Well-Architected Frameworks’ Security pillar.

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Operational Excellence in the AWS Well-Architected Framework

An overview of the AWS Well-Architected Frameworks’ Operational Excellence pillar.

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Can We Improve How Airbnb Tested Their Amazon RDS Databases in 2017?

In late 2017, Airbnb did an AWS “This is My Architecture” video. The video talks about how they built a system to test their Amazon RDS …

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Smithy

AWS Labs has a lot of open source code up on GitHub. This repo helps you visualize your AWS workloads and highlight areas of cost.

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AWS Data Wrangler

AWS Labs has a lot of open source code up on GitHub. AWS Data Wrangler is a bridge between python pandas DataFrames and AWS data services.

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Amazon API Gateway Serverless Developer Portal

AWS Labs has a lot of open source code up on GitHub. This repo provides an easy way for developers to view your Amazon API Gateway APIs.

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Amazon S3 Glacier Re:Freezer

AWS Labs has a lot of open source code up on GitHub. This repo helps you visualize your AWS workloads and highlight areas of cost.

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AWS Perspective

AWS Labs has a lot of open source code up on GitHub. This repo helps you visualize your AWS workloads and highlight areas of cost.

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Amazon QuickSight Embedding SDK

AWS Labs has a lot of open source code up on GitHub. The code in this repo lets your embed Amazon QuickSight dashboards in your HTML.

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AWS WAF Security Automations

AWS Labs has a lot of open source code up on GitHub. This repo contains a solid set of AWS WAF rules for common web-based attacks.

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Gluon TS (Time Series)

AWS Labs has a lot of open source code up on GitHub. Gluon TS helps you create forecast models for time series data.

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The Infinite Loop of Lost Potential

AWS re:Invent is always THE event in cloud. As 2021 draws to a close, what path will AWS set the cloud on. What new services, features, and tools will …

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AWS Lambda Powertools (Python)

AWS Labs has a lot of open source code up on GitHub. This post looks at the AWS Lambda Powertools for Python.

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Can We Improve How Station X Processed Genomics Data on AWS in 2017?

In late 2017, Station X did an AWS “This is My Architecture” video. The video talks about how they built out a genomics processing …

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AWS Deployment Framework

AWS Labs has a lot of open source code up on GitHub. This post looks at the AWS Deployment Framework.

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Avoiding overload in distributed systems by putting the smaller service in control

The Amazon Builder’s Library is a great set of deep dive papers into the challenges with modern systems. This post looks at how Amazon balances …

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Automating safe, hands-off deployments

The Amazon Builder’s Library is a great set of deep dive papers into the challenges with modern systems. This post looks at how Amazon conducts …

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This One Mistake Will Stop a DevSecOps Shift Left Strategy Dead in Its Tracks

DevSecOps is the latest in a long line of buzzwords. The core makes sense: work on security earlier. But why isn’t this everywhere? Here’s …

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Fairness in multi-tenant systems

The Amazon Builder’s Library is a great set of deep dive papers into the challenges with modern systems. This post highlights some of the …

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Making retries safe with idempotent APIs

The Amazon Builder’s Library is a great set of deep dive papers into the challenges with modern systems. This post highlights some of the …

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Can We Improve How Capital One Enforced Policies in AWS with Cloud Custodian in 2017?

In late 2017, Capital One did an AWS “This is My Architecture” video. The video talks about how they built Cloud Custodian and how that …

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Timeouts, retries, and backoff with jitter

The Amazon Builder’s Library is a great set of deep dive papers into the challenges with modern systems. This post highlights some of the …

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Machine Learning Best Practices for Public Sector Organizations

AWS has a huge library of fantastic resources. This post highlights the recently released whitepaper walking public sector organizations through …

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AWS Serverless Multi-Tier Architectures with Amazon API Gateway and AWS Lambda

AWS has a huge library of fantastic resources. This post highlights the recently released whitepaper talking about serverless multi-tier …

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NIST Cybersecurity Framework

AWS has a huge library of fantastic resources. This post highlights the recently updated whitepaper aligning the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to AWS.

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Reactive Systems on AWS

AWS has a huge library of fantastic resources. This post highlights the recently released whitepaper about building reactive systems on AWS.

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Can We Improve How New Relic Built Their Terraform in 2017?

In late 2017, New Relic did an AWS “This is My Architecture” video. The video talks about how they setup their Terraform execution plans …

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Practicing Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery on AWS

AWS has a huge library of fantastic resources. This post highlights the recently updated whitepaper on building out a CI/CD practice in the AWS Cloud.

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AWS re:Invent Security Attendee Guide 2021

Are you a security professional or a builder looking to learn more about security? This year, I wrote the official guide for security attendees to AWS …

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AWS re:Invent Announcements

Here’s what AWS announced leading up to and during AWS re:Invent 2021.

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AWS re:Invent 2021

AWS re:Invent is always THE event in cloud. As 2021 draws to a close, what path will AWS set the cloud on. What new services, features, and tools will …

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Can We Improve How CorpInfo handled IoT Events in 2017?

In late 2017, CorpInfo did an AWS “This is My Architecture” video. The video walks through how they handled a massive amount of events …

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Facebook Sets Out To Build The Multiverse...and Hopes To Hide There

Facebook commits $10B per year to build the multiverse. Earnest attempt at progress or an attempt to divert attention?

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Stop Your Password From Opening The Door To Hackers

Passwords suck. Why are we forced to follow these weird rules. Do they really keep us safe? Here is a solid way to safely handle all of your …

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Can We Improve How Civitas Learning Batch Processed PII in 2017?

In late 2017, Civitas Learning did an AWS “This is My Architecture” video. It was one of the first. The video walks through how they …

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Can We Improve How FT.com Got Developers To Focus on Costs in 2017?

In late 2017, the Finanical Times wanted to get developers to factor in cost to their designs. They created a gamified solution to help drive this …

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Say What? Easily Transcribing Audio and Video Files Using the Google Cloud

We’re producing more audio and video than ever. But you can’t get the most out of that content until you transcribe it to text. In this …

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Streaming Giant Twitch Hit by Major Data Breach

Twitch has been hit by a major data breach. 165GB of critical information was leaked on 4chan. What will the impact be? Will this cause even more …

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Can We Improve How Netflix Handled Failover Using DNS In 2017?

In late 2017, Netflix explained how they tackled the problem of failing over when disaster struck. Four years later, how well does that design hold …

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Lessons in Designing Blast Radius The Hard Way; One Mistake Crashes Facebook For Hours

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are deeply integrating into many aspects of daily life for many communities and business. One networking …

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Can We Improve How Lyft Handled Service Discovery on AWS In 2016?

In late 2016, Lyft demonstrated the service discovery engine they built on AWS. Five years later, how well does that design hold up? What could we …

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Instagram delays launch of app for kids

On my tech column with CBC Ottawa Morning, Dr. Tracy Valliancourt and I explain the challenges with Instagram Kids and the latest research from …

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Building a command line version of Apple's Live Text using Google Cloud

Live Text is now available in iOS and iPad OS but not macOS. I try to fix that with the help of Google Cloud in this tiny cloud project.

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How To Build Strong Security Guardrails in the AWS Cloud With Minimal Effort

Misconfigurations are the number one security concern in the cloud. Guardrails can help you prevent misconfigurations from happening. This talk shows …

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How To Run Just One Container With AWS App Runner…Hopefully

As a new user in the AWS Cloud, is AWS App Runner the service that’ll get your one container up and running quickly? This post explores that …

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How a New User Can Run Just One Container in the AWS Cloud…Maybe

As a new user in the AWS Cloud, what does it take to get one container up and running? What service do you user? How many steps are there? This post …

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What AWS re:Inforce 2021 Means for Cloud Security…and Cybersecurity in General

The second installment of AWS re:Inforce was entirely virtual and gave a great view of the state of security in the AWS Cloud. Here’s what the …

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Microsoft Edge Experiment 'Super Duper Secure Mode' Aims To Reduce Openings for Hackers

The Microsoft Edge browser team is conducting an experiment in an attempt to increase the cybersecurity of the browser and how it handles javascript. …

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US Federal Government Cybersecurity is Lacking

A new report from a United States Senate Committee gave 24 US department and agencies an average grade of C- in cybersecurity. That’s not good.

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Lazio & BlackMatter Bring Ransomware Into the Spotlight…Again

The region of Lazio was hit by a ransomware attack and is struggling to recover from this attack on critical infrastructure. BlackMatter, a new …

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Hackers Attempt To Extort Electronic Arts (EA), Fail, Then Leak Source Code

EA got hacked and 780 GB of source code was stolen. The hackers attempted to extort EA and when they didn’t pay, the data was dumped online.

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Twitter Shows Slow MFA Adoption, Is Security Unusable?

Twitter’s latest transparency report shows a low uptake for the multi-factor authentication feature. This is a great security control …

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Pegasus Spyware Runs Roughshod over Human Rights

The Pegasus Project is a collaborative effort by a number of media and advocacy organizations around to the world. With their work, they are shining a …

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US Government Puts Cybersecurity Front and Center

There are now 5 seniors leaders in the US federal governments with cybersecurity as their primary mandate. Is this going to be a problem?

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New Ransomware Resources For Defenders

Two new resources launched to help people understand the challenges associated with ransomware; StopRansomware.gov and RansomWhe.re

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REvil-ed Ransomware Group Goes Kaput?

REvil has been one of the top ransomware groups for the past few months but they’re suddenly offline. No note, no warning, just gone.

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Ransomware Attack On Kaseya Still Very Real For Victims

Long after the headlines pass, victims of ransomware are left struggling to get back to “normal” operations. It’s a long, …

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Microsoft Windows PrinterNightmare Patch Highlight “Unperfect” Security Decisions

The out-of-band patch for PrinterNightmare on Microsoft Windows doesn’t completely fix the issue. What are IT and security teams to do?

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REvil Ransomware Criminals Look To Maximize Q3 Profits With Kaseya Attack

The REvil gang attack Kaseya, an IT management platform, and that got them access to 800—1,500 more businesses without any additional effort setting …

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What Makes Ransomware Successful and Why It Won't Ever Really Stop

Ransomware is absolutely everywhere. What is going on? Why is ransomware so effective? Is there anything we can do about it?

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These Real Apps On Google Play Are Harvesting Facebook Logins

Criminals are using real apps they’ve made and a push to remove ads to harvest Facebook credentials in order to gain more personal information …

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Windows Is Having a PrinterNightmare and Can’t Wake Up

PrinterNightmare is a high severity vulnerability that affects all versions of Windows and is being actively exploited…on a long weekend 😬

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Will Windows 11 Helps Advance PC Security?

Microsoft Windows 11 will require a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) on all PCs. Will this long-needed requirement help or hinder?

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Hackers Delete Home Backups Remotely (WD My Book Live Flaw)

Some WD My Book Live users had a shock this week as hackers remotely wiped their data. What can they do about it?

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Should Apple Allow 'Sideloading' Apps on My iPhone?

Apple is under fire on a number of fronts. The biggest issue this week is several bills introduced in the US. A key issue? The ability to …

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Does Your Utility Control Your Smart House?

When your local electric utility offered a new smart thermostat a heavy discount, a lot of homeowners jumped at the chance. Unfortunately, a clause in …

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Privacy at WWDC21

Apples annual developer conference announced the latest version of all of Apples operating sytems and privacy was a key pillar across all of them.

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Apple vs. Facebook Battling For Your Privacy

Apple and Facebook have been battling very publicly around privacy issues. What’s really going on?

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TFiR: Does The Cloud Hold The Key To Security Nirvana?

A discussion about the evolution of security in the cloud. Security is now becoming a critical piece of a developer’s pipeline, what does that …

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Holy Crap! We’ve Been Doing This for Three Years!

Celebrating three years of the CISO/Security Vendore Relationship Podcast

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RSAC 2021

A purely digital RSAC 2021 kicks off looking back at a challenging year and to the challenges ahead for the security community.

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Software Development Security Challenges

In software, developers often don’t have a choice. Speed becomes a business imperative for survival and to stay competitive.

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Mark Nunnikhoven | CUBE Conversation May 2021

An all virtual RSAC 2021 kicked off today. What are the themes? What do we expected to see? This discussion on theCube has you covered.

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What You Need To Know About the Colonial Pipeline Attack

Colonial Pipeline is recovering from a ransomware cyberattack. There’s a ton of attention on them right now, what do you need to know about this …

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Top Recommendations for Working with IAM from Our AWS Heroes – Part 4: Available Permissions and User Identity

AWS IAM has been going strong for 10 years! To celebrate the anniversay, this four part series by various AWS Heroes, highlights some key features of …

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Ten Years of Cloud Security

The AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service turns 10 years old today. While it’s a fantastic service that keeps adding features, it …

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What Do You Want To Learn?

I recently made a career move and it’s allowed me to re-double my efforts in the community. What do you want to learn about cloud and security?

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Google Gathers FLoC of Privacy Bull

Google continues to advocate for a ‘privacy-first’ web. The problem? Their definition of privacy and how it seems to be a Google-powered …

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Stop Apps From Tracking You in iOS 14.5...Mostly

iOS 14.5 introduces App Tracking Transparency or ATT. Here’s what it means to you.

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Debunking 30 Enduring Myths of Cloud Security

No other technology revolution has induced more fear, uncertainty, and doubt for so long than the cloud. This post explores the “why” of …

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Super Feeds

It’s hard to keep track of all of the amazing content on the web. To help, I’ve created a few “super feeds” for your favourite …

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Ubiquiti Breach Is a Case Study in How NOT to Communicate After a Hack

Ubiquiti suffered a data breach and makes it worse by not communication clearly with it’s customer base.

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No Privacy With Google Chrome on iOS

Google has had to disclose the amount of tracking its apps do in iOS. Shocking no one: it turns out it’s a lot.

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Update Your iPhone Now...Again (iOS 14.4.2)

iOS 14.4.2 fixes a critical cybersecurity issue. Make sure to update now.

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Adding Guardrails To A Cloud Account After The Fact

Setting a new cloud account well is reasonably simple, but what about accounts that are already active? Here are some tips to add guardrails after the …

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Update Your iPhone Now (iOS 14.4.1)

iOS 14.4.1 fixes a couple of critical cybersecurity issues. Make sure to update now.

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Clubhouse's Entirely Predictable Privacy and Moderation Issues

Clubhouse is the hot new social network. It’s a promising audio-only network that now boasts over 2 millions active weekly users. During this …

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Security and Privacy Are Linked

Security and privacy are linked yet for some reason, you see privacy experts ignoring the impact of security and security experts who are unconcerned …

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Major Ransomware Services Busted

Emotet and NetWalker are both taken offline within days of each. A big wins for users, law enforcement, and international cooperation…at least …

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Parler Pas: Fringe Social Network Offline

Parler gets deplatformed and can’t find any organizations that want to work with it. It’s about time.

2020 > 40 posts

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AWS re:Invent 2020, Week Three

Week three of three (!) for AWS re:Invent 2020 kicks off and this post will be my “live blog” for the week. Check back often for …

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Mistakes Were Made. Lessons Were Learned

There’s always more than one way to solve a problem. That’s a big advantage of AWS, but it can also be overwhelming to deal with. You will make …

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AWS re:Invent 2020, Week Two

Week two of three for AWS re:Invent 2020 kicks off and this post will be my “live blog” for the week. It will be neither …

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Building Event Driven Applications With Amazon EventBridge

Amazon EventBridge helps build loosely coupled applications that scale independently and makes it easier to integrate cloud-based applications and …

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Security Best Practices the AWS Well Architected Way

As you continually evolve your use of AWS products and services, it’s important to consider ways to improve your security posture and take advantage …

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Monitoring Production Services at Amazon

To operate services, Amazon relies on having high-fidelity visibility into how its systems behave and the user experience, whether that’s using AWS …

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Politicians Playing Among Us

On my tech column with CBC Ottawa Morning, I explain how politicians are using the online game, Among Us, as a platform to reach younger audiences.

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Andy Jassy Keynote, AWS Re:Invent 2020

Coverage of the keynote of AWS re:Invent 2020 where Andy Jassy delivers new services, features, and more.

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AWS re:Invent 2020, Week One

Week one of three for AWS re:Invent 2020 kicks off and this post will be my “live blog” for the week. Check back often for reactions, …

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AWS Re:Invent 2020

AWS re:Invent is always jam packed with new content. This post is a road map for my content during this three week virtual event.

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Passwords Suck

Passwords are the worst. Trying to pick a “secure” one makes the whole thing worse. Every site and service has it’s own variation on …

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AWS re:Invent Hot Takes

AWS launches a mountain of new features leading up to and during AWS re:Invent. Here’s the list of announcements for 2020 and my perspective on …

Why Phone-Based Authentication Can Be Insecure

MFA is one of the most powerful tools a user has to protect their accounts

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Is Apple Tracking The Apps You Use?

Apple recently launched macOS Big Sur and a security researcher’s post vent viral highlighting a steady stream of communications that …

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Apple's M1 and the Future of Computers

Apple has launched the first MacBooks and Mac Mini using custom Apple Silicon. What does this mean for the future of your computer?

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The Ultimate Guide to AWS re:Invent 2020

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This post lays out what you need to know to get the most out of the 2020 edition of this amazing event.

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How AI Could Help Ease Your Zoom Fatigue

Is your day chalk full of video calls? Wondering why you’re exhausted at the end of the day? The two might be related 😉. In this column, Robyn …

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Advertising to & Tracking iOS 14 Users

Ad-tech, digital marketing, and the surveillance economy are worth billions and billions of dollars. It all hinges on the ability to target ads and …

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Do App Stores Help Your Privacy & Security?

Epic Games is current waging war on Apple and Google over the right to distribute apps to mobile users. There’s been a ton of excellent coverage …

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Legacy Authentication Risks

The Canada Revenue Agency suffered a large breach exposing over 5,000 citizens to COVID-19 benefit fraud. This issue exposes some of the challenges of …

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One Month After the Twitter Hack

On July 15th, 2020, Twitter was hit with the most visible hack of a social network of all time. 130 of the top accounts tweeted out a bitcoin scam. A …

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The Help Desk Is a Key to Incident Response

Outages are hard to handle. There’s pressure to get things back up and running, to avoid damage to your reputation, and to avoid getting yelled …

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Is TikTok a Threat?

The President has promised to ban TikTok in the United States for national security reasons. Is that the case? Are there real security & privacy …

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2020 AWS re:Invent Ultimate Guide

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This year it’s an entirely virtual experience spread over 3 weeks. This post will help you get …

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Should I Worry About TikTok?

Is a social network focused on dancing, lip syncing, and fun a threat to national security just because of who owns it? Is TikTok a threat to national …

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Dumpster Fire

🗑🔥 doesn’t quite cut it anymore. Following a random thought, I dive into the process to create a new official emoji and why isn’t …

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Applying the Well-Architected Framework, Small Edition

The Well-Architected Framework is a set of principles that can help you find the ideal build for the problem at hand…regardless of the size of …

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#BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter has risen to prominence again in the past weeks as protests spread beyond the USA to the world. A positive shift is happening as …

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The New Office: Home?

Is working from home the new normal in tech? Is working from home as simple as ensuring a strong internet connection and access to the right tools? …

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The Unicorn Project Through a Security Lens

The Unicorn Project is the latest book from Gene Kim, one of the leaders of the DevOps movement. The book focuses on developer enablement and culture. …

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Stop Drowning Online During Isolation

We’re all stuck inside and it can quickly feel like you’re drowning in possibilities for technology that will help you work, learn, and …

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Let's Talk Cloud - Season 2

The second series of my live streaming series for Trend Micro. In it,I speak to various cloud leaders about what’s happening in cloud.

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How to Present on Video and Live Streams

Presenting on video and live streams is hard. Even though the goal is to connect to people, sitting alone(ish) presenting to a camera lens and …

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Zoom Us and Practical Cybersecurity

Video conferencing platform Zoom has been in the news almost constantly over the past few weeks. At first it was hailed as a tool to help reduce this …

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Risk Decisions in an Imperfect World

Security is often spoken of in absolutes. Is this secure? Is that insecure? The reality is that security is a spectrum. It is a series of implicit and …

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Contact Tracing via Smartphones

Contact tracing during an outbreak is a massive undertaking. Google and Apple are collaborating in order to automate parts of this task. Will it work? …

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Cloud Madness

A Cloud Guru is hosting Cloud Madness. Thirty two cloud services face-off over four rounds but only one will be crowned the champion. Here’s my …

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Smartphone Addiction

Are you addicted to your smartphone? How would you know? Is there anything you can do about it? Over the course of an hour, Rita Celi and I asked …

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Privacy at CES 2020

CES 2020 brought out the big (and small) players in tech and one thing they all had in common was how much they used the word “privacy”. …

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New Rules for Youtube

COPPA was passed in the US in 1998 but a recent ruling against YouTube for violating the decades old law means big changes for creators.

2019 > 77 posts

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Digital Id in Canada

Canadian data privacy laws state that an organization is responsible for the life cycle of the data. Most orgs struggle with protecting it while …

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Let's Talk Cloud - Season 1

In this live streaming series for Trend Micro, I speak to various cloud leaders about what’s happening in cloud.

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All Things AWS re:Invent 2019

AWS re:Invent is the biggest and most exciting conference in cloud. Follow AWS Community Hero @marknca for all of the latest leading up to and during …

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Strong Security Made Simple

Organizations struggle with extending their security practices to the cloud. Traditional approaches don’t work, and new cloud-only practices duplicate …

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Protecting Yourself Black Friday Scams Online

Black Friday and Cybermonday are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. Consumers rush to get the biggest deals on all sorts of items. Sadly, …

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Road to re:Invent - AWS Machine Learning

AWS has recently explored with great machine learning services. From the core building blocks to services design to teach you techniques to simple …

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Data Retention in Canada

Canadian data privacy laws state that an organization is responsible for the life cycle of the data. Most orgs struggle with protecting it while …

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Road to re:Invent - AWS Compute

AWS offers a number of services it labels as “compute”. What are they? How do you pick one that makes sense for your workload? How are …

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When Cyber Attacks

Technology is omnipresent in our lives. From the time you wake up and check the weather to the time your head hits the pillow, you will have spent at …

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Catching Distracted Drivers With Technology

Google really doesn’t like humans and they LOVE data. At the intersection of those two areas is a new A.I assistant that calls business to …

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Road to re:Invent - Amazon DynamoDB Redemption

Amazon DynamoDB is an exciting database services. It’s a cloud-native, NoSQL offering that is lightning quick and scales seamlessly. However, if …

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Road to re:Invent - AWS Databases

AWS offers a wide range of databases but making sense of these services can be tricky. In this live stream, we explore these data services and why you …

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Biometrics and Bugs

Getting users to accept new security controls is an uphill battle, any setback makes it harder for any solution to push out additional security …

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Road to re:Invent - Mistakes and Misconfigurations

Mistakes happen. Even after taking steps to restrict permissions and setup systems, builders will make misconfigurations and mistakes. This stream …

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Road to re:Invent - Reserved Seating Opening

AWS re:Invent is absolutely massive. The only way to keep things somewhat organized is to use a reserved seating system for sessions. That system …

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3 Years of Serverless Security

Serverless architectures help you and your team focus almost entirely on delivering business value. They also break almost every existing security …

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The Sky Is Falling Run

Cybersecurity is topic that comes up regularly as something you have to do…or should do…or are forced to look at by your security team. But why? There …

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Road to re:Invent - What Is Serverless

Serverless is hot right now, but are we all talking about the same thing? In this live stream, we dive into what serverless is, why it’s a big …

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Advanced Security Automation Made Simple

Security is often misunderstood and addressed in the last stages of a build. Operationally, it’s ignored until there is an emergency. In this talk, we …

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Road to re:Invent - Amazon Athena and Quicksight

Amazon Athena lets you treat files in Amazon S3 like they were a database. That doesn’t sound too cool until you realize the possibilities: data …

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Road to re:Invent - Amazon S3

Amazon S3 was one of the first AWS services and it continues to be the cornerstone of the AWS Cloud today. This stream covers the basics of the …

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E-transfer Security

CBC’s Go Public pointed out the rising rates of e-transfer fraud and consumers are shocking. The expectation was that e-transfers were safe and …

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5 Tips for Remote Tv Appearances and Video Calls

Keeping a personal website up to date is always tricky. The technical pieces are simple, it’s be satisfied with the design and making the …

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Road to re:Invent - The Shared Responsibility Model

The Shared Responsibility Model governs how operations (which security is a part of) work in the cloud. In this live stream, we explore the realities …

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Road to re:Invent - Intro to the Aws Cli

Don’t be afraid of the command line (CLI), it’s insanely useful. This live stream explores those uses and shows you how to use the AWS CLI …

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Road to re:Invent - Intro to AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda is probably the most talked about service in the entire AWS Cloud. It lets you run your code based on various triggers with almost no …

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Road to re:Invent - Kick Off

AWS re:Invent 2019 is going to be HUGE. Mark will be conducting a series of live streams and publishing a ton of content leading up to the show in …

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Retargeting In Online Politics

CBC News posted an article about how Canadian federal MPs are using digital tracking technologies on their personal websites. So what is retargeting? …

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Cybersecurity Patching in Context

Letting customers know about a security vulnerability is never an easy thing. From the logistics of it to the reputation management issues. But this …

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Business Email Compromise

Cybercriminals don’t always use complicated technical attacks to get around your cybersecurity. Sometimes—probably more often than we care to …

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Privacy Expectations

Facebook was recently called out for listening to users audio messages on Facebook Messenger. They aren’t alone. Apple, Amazon, Google, and …

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NULL & Input Validation

NULL is one of many special characters that has a long history in computing. What are the consequences of using NULL as a value provided via user …

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AppSec Is Dead

Is application security (AppSec) dead? Did it every really work? Let’s discuss…

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FaceApp: Relax You're Just Old (Now)

FaceApp (first released in 2017) is back in the news for the #AgeChallenge and a host of privacy concerns. There’s a lot of knee-jerk reactions …

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10x Engineers

Recently on Twitter a nerd fight started around the idea of a 10x engineer. VC Shekhar Kirani kicked things off by advocating that startups do …

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Zoom.us & The Real Cybersecurity Problem

Zoom.us had a pretty egregious security issue this week. Their response was poor despite the best efforts for responsible disclosure by the security …

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NBA Free Agency vs Security Policies

Cybercriminals don’t always use complicated technical attacks to get around your cybersecurity. Sometimes—probably more often than we care to …

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Update On Mornings With Mark

A quick update on why MwM has been missing the past couple of weeks and where this show is going in the future.

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Cybersecurity Motivations

Recently a video of mine was flagged by YouTube’s automated ContentID system which may or may not have been justified. Regardless, it got me …

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Apple WWDC Privacy Update

At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple made several announcements that focus on user privacy. In this episode, we’ll …

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Web Browser Privacy

On Kara Swisher’s show, Recode Decode, she recently hosted Gabe Weinberg from DuckDuckGo. Their conversation revolved around some core concepts …

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Nest, IoT, and Your Privacy

Bad Robot Transcript Good morning on this episode of the show. We’re going to take a look at the recent moves by nest and how they impact your …

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Huawei, Android, and Cybersecurity

Huawei was recently put on the US Entity List from the US Department of Commerce. That essentially means that it needs a license to receive technology …

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Porn & Digital Identity

The Digital Economy Act of 2017 in the UK is trying to put up enforceable age gates to pornography. That might be a good idea but it’s extremely …

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Borders & Cybersecurity

A recent CBC News article highlighted both the powers of border agents to search digital devices and the general lack of awareness of your rights at …

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Facebook's F8 & Information Management

Facebook held its annual F8 developer conference this week and—in addition to the usual product updates—they repeatedly talked about creating and …

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James Harden & Cybersecurity Policy

The NBA playoffs are in full swing and there’s a huge rules controversy around one superstar’s—James Harden—jump shot. Is it a foul? …

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The Ultimate Guide to AWS re:Invent 2019

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This post lays out what you need to know to get the most out of the 2019 edition of this amazing event.

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Cybersecurity Time Crunch

The Fortnite developer teams at Epic Games are working in a perpetual “crunch time” situation. That’s not sustainable by any …

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Facial Recognition Consent

Facial recognition is becoming more and more common. In some cases, it’s used to make existing procedures more efficient or to connect existing …

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Facebook's Security Fail

Since May of 2016 Facebook has been prompting some new users for their email passwords. Yes, their email passwords. WTF?

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Metadata Trails

Thomas Brewster, writing for Forbes, highlighted a recent case by the DEA. The case itself isn’t out of the ordinary. What is interesting is the …

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Perfectionism In Tech

It’s tempting to search for the perfect solution to a problem. The challenge? That “perfection” rarely exists. But time after time, …

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Serverless Is An Ops Model

Serverless architectures are a fantastic solution to a lot—not all—design challenge. The benefits they bring are substantial and they can reduce the …

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Cybersecurity & Technical Debt

A recent report from the Canadian Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS) saw a dramatic increase in complaints with billing …

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Exposing Secrets In Code

A recent study by NCSU found that there are way more API keys and tokens uploaded to GitHub than previously thought. In fact, there’s almost a …

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Stadia & Secure Access Design

Google recently announced a new, all-in-the-cloud gaming service called Stadia. For gaming fans, there’s a lot of potential that—fingers …

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Cybersecurity Needs Coders

An interesting op-ed from Dr. Egginton at John Hopkins University highlights some efforts underway in the US to declare learning to code the …

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Cloud Costs & Security

A recent survey from RightScale showed a lot of confusion around cloud computing costs. The common take away? Organizations are surprised at how high …

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Services & Privacy Perceptions

A recent tweet called out a user’s perception about Grammarly, a SaaS-based grammar and writing tool. They accused the service of being …

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The Cybersecurity Industry

I you were just starting to try and understand the cybersecurity problem space, a CEO or CIO working to better grasp the challenges facing your …

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Warrant Canaries

We rely on some digital services for critical functions around security and privacy. Trusting those services is paramount to their success and ours. …

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Secret App Telemetry

Websites, apps, and even your desktop applications may be tracking a how lot more of your behaviour than you think. The reason in most cases is simply …

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Your Child's Digital Identity

You’re building out a digital identity for you kids almost from the day they are born. But it’s not just you, the clubs they belong to, …

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DNS Hijacking

There has been a significant increase in DNS hijacking attacks over the past couple of months…and why not? It’s a simple, direct way for …

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Terms of Service

You agree to new contracts all the time but you probably don’t think of them as contracts, they are simply the “Terms of Service”. A …

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Canadian Election Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a major topic when it comes to modern elections. With Canada probably going to the polls in the fall, discussion is heating up about …

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Cybersecurity Research Consequences

Security research can be a tricky thing. Depending on where you are and what jurisdiction you fall under, the research you conduct may be illegal. …

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Cryptocurrencies & Cybercrime

Cryptocurrencies have dropped in popularity and value but cybercriminals continue undeterred. The latest on cybercrime and cryptocurrency…

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Facebook & The Value of Privacy

Facebook continues to do anything they can to build data profiles on users. This week it was revealed that they shifted their Onavo efforts to a new …

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GDPR Intentions

GDPR has been in effect for a few months and we’re starting to see the first major rulings. Google was just hit with a 50m Euro fine for not …

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Facebook's 10 Year Challenge

The 10 Year Challenge is sweeping social media right now. It’s a harmless way of looking back at yourself—and everyone else—a decade …

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Zero vs. Lean Trust

Network security is struggling to keep up with the reality of how organizations are build and connect today. From hybrid network (on-premises and in …

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773M Credentials

It’s not uncommon for cybercriminals to combine multiple data sets in order to increase their chances of finding valid user credentials. …

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Konmari Your Data

Data is extremely valuable. We’ve seen that with data brokers, social media giants, and almost every company out there. The current attitude is …

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Tracking Smartphone Data

Three articles this week each touching on smartphone data highlight a much bigger issue. Each of these articles remind us how much data our phones …

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Setting Up 2019

2019 is in full effect and I’m stumbling?!?

Planning for a new year is exciting but can also be challenging. When I sat down to plan out 2019 …

2018 > 168 posts

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Squad Goals

150th episode! As I wind down for the year, I always try to look back at what has worked and what hasn’t. This show has evolved from a simple …

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On The Importance Of Names

Names matter. They help a community come together around a singular concepts. But what happens when definitions and usage differ?

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Unexpected Lessons

Sometimes things don’t go as expected. That can be frustrating and unfortunate…but also an opportunity to learn.

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Law and The Internet

How much can one jurisdiction affect the internet? Turns out, a lot. Recent actions by the US and Australia are having and could have a …

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Security Metrics 🗑🔥

Security metrics are hard. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore them. In fact, a lot of teams are measuring the WRONG things which leads them …

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Fortnite, A Service Delivery Example

Fortnite is an international sensation. Despite being truly free-to-play, they are making a lot of money by continually improving the game experience, …

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Australia, Huawei, Apple, and the Government of Canada

Data privacy is a critical area of concern around the world. Look no further than four distinct events today: Australia passing a new law, an arrest …

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Delivering Information With Context

After a jam packed AWS re:Invent 2018, I’ve been thinking about how to deliver information to an audience. One of the challenges is delivering …

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Communication At Scale

When you are trying to get a message out to a lot of people, it’s not realistic to try and get them all back to you digital properties. So what …

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Preparation Is Key

The “secret” to most success is being prepared. Taking a few minutes or hours to map out what you want to happen is far better than trying …

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Signals And The Data Explosion

Before any big shifts there are always small signals that hint at what’s coming. We’re seeing more and more companies start to make a play …

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You Can't Blame 'Em

We build services and solutions using parts provided by other companies. That’s the only way to move forward effectively. When a security or …

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Optimize Your Tools

You know you have to master your tools but are you selecting or building the right tools? A lot of teams over or under engineer their tools. This …

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The Internet Is Forever

You can’t really remove something from the internet. Not is the owner/operator really wants it out there. That’s a huge advantage and …

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Politics & Attack Attribution

Cyberattack attribution is HARD. But time and time again, we’re seeing attributions—who carried out the attack—made publicly with little to no …

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Master Your Tools

Knowing what the tools in your kit are capable of is critical to success. But can you actually use those features? Do you really understand the …

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Know Your Audience

Your product/solution/service has a goal and you’ve probably gotten good at articulating that goal…but is that message resonating with …

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Automating Your Job

“Don’t do work you don’t have to.” It’s a solid rule and one that you can leverage more often than you think. There are …

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Refreshing Your Perspective

Working deeply on any one problem for too long narrows your perspective. That’s just human nature. Are you taking steps to refresh that …

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Building On Trust

Trust is a tricky thing. Dotto Tech posed a number of great questions about trust in business and online that got me thinking. Do you trust the …

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Building On Fragile Layers

Nothing is built in isolation. Each technology builds on layers and layers of technology before it. But are those layers worth building on? Can they …

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Keep Decisions Up To Date

Decisions are hard enough that you don’t want to have to revisit them constantly. But that’s exactly what is required in the realm of …

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User Experience Is Critical

User experience is often overlooked when it comes to security and privacy. This leads to some confusing, dangerous, and challenging situations that …

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The War Room

During a large incident response, bringing everyone together to a “war room” can be the difference in a speedy recovery, but there are …

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Being An Educated Social Media User

There is a ton of news and information on social networks. There’s also a mountain of garbage. How do you sort through it all? Can you? Do we …

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DRUGS!!! and IT Risk and Graphs

Many questions come along with the federal legalization of cannabis in Canada. It’s a massive example of trickle down risk as various controls …

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Virtual Experiences & Content Delivery

Virtual events can be a great way to connect with your audience. They are not only less expensive to run but they are much easier to access for most …

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Communicating FOR Your Audience

When you’re trying to teach, pass along a message, or just generally reach anyone, the key is to understand how THEY want to consume …

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Facebook...ugh...%$&#ing, Facebook

Facebook removes 800+ accounts this week, some with massive followings, for political content. The twist? They were US-based, not foreign. What does …

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Google+ & Infrastructure Monitoring

Google recently conducted a complete security & privacy review of various APIs associated with Google+. The result? The service is shutting down …

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Evidence, Accusations, and Motivation

With the Bloomberg report on hardware hacking looking more in doubt, more and more politics are coming into play. Anytime you evaluate news, …

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Bloomberg, Supermicro, and Hardware Supply Chain Attacks

Bloomberg has an absolutely earth shattering report citing a hardware supply chain attack that—they say—impacted several big names. Here’s why …

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Following Up On Tough News

Reflecting back on my keynote at SecTor in Toronto where I delivered some tough new to a roomful of security professionals. Here’s what worked …

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Are We Setup to Fail?

Criminals are winning the battle against security practitioners. Need proof? Look no further than the new headlines in any given week.

Billions of …

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How To Deliver Tough News

Sometimes you have to deliver really bad news. It’s not your fault, but you’re the one on the hook. How do you deliver it? How do you …

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (#NCSAM). Look for tons of great content online as the community comes together—globally, not just …

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50 Million Facebook Accounts Hacked?!?

50 million Facebook accounts were hacked. Facebook responded quickly to the issue but could’ve done better communicating throughout. …

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Facebook, Shadow Profiles, & Data Brokers

A recent study proved that Facebook uses more information about you than you realize. Behind the scenes, Facebook compiles “shadow …

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End-to-end Encryption & WhatsApp

In the recent dust up with the founders of WhatsApp, you might have heard the term “end-to-end encryption”. What is it? What does it means …

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Amazon Alexa Everywhere

Amazon announced a host of new “Alexa enabled” devices last week. What are the implications for your privacy at home?

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What Do You Look To Get Out Of Conferences?

Conferences are usually jam packed with great content. So much so that it can be hard to prepare for them and get the most out of them. What do you …

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Security Is A Quality Issue

Security is a quality issue. Except we don’t treat it that way and that’s costing us dearly.

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The Basic Basics

With the initial set of cybersecurity basics segments done, I’m think it’s worth moving to a “basics” basics series. The goal …

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Cybersecurity Basics #12 - Bolt-on vs Built-in

Built-in security is always best. That’s “security by design” but when that fails (due to mistakes, oversight, humans), built-in …

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Cybersecurity Basics #11a - Risk Assessments Redux

In your personal life you’re assessing risk constantly whether you know it or not. In the digital world the same thing happens BUT you probably …

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Cybersecurity Basics #11 - Risk Assessments & Pen Tests

Risk assessments are useful when kept in context and continually updated. A penetration test (or pen test) is when your system undergoes a …

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Cybersecurity Basics #10 - Personally Identifiable Information

Personally identifiable information (PII) and Personal Health Information (PHI) are critical concepts. They help identify information that needs …

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Family Locator Apps

Should you track your children’s every move? Your partners? Family locator apps promise safety and convenience but are they really just an …

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Cybersecurity Basics #9 - Attack Attribution

Who did it? It’s a powerful question and the answer to “What is attack attribution?”

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Cybersecurity Basics #8 - Authentication, Authorization, & Need To Know

Authentication and authorization are two critical concepts that are intertwined. Understanding the difference and their purpose is key to …

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Cybersecurity Basics #7 - Hackers & Cybercriminals

Hackers and cybercriminals are all “malicious actors”. While you may not know who is attacking a system, having a better understanding of …

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Cybersecurity Basics #6 - Malware

Malicious software (malware) is an umbrella term that covers a number of different types of software designed to do bad things…but those …

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Cybersecurity Basics #5 - Encryption

Encryption: what is it? why does it work?

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Cybersecurity Basics #4 - Perspective

Perspective is a tricky thing….maybe the hardest aspect of cybersecurity

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VPNs

VPNs can help secure your internet traffic when you’re travelling. They can help you route around geographic restrictions. But is using a VPN …

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Cybersecurity Basics #3 - Passwords

What is a password? Why do we use them? Why are they so frustrating? …some answers

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Cybersecurity Basics #2 - Vulnerabilities, Exploits, and Threats

Continuing the “basics” series, here’s an easy way to understand the terms: vulnerability, exploit, threat, and risk

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Cybersecurity Basics #1 - The Goal

The basics starts with understanding the goal of security. It sounds simple but the goal is to make sure whatever you build works as you …

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Recharged, Reset, & Rocking

Back from vacation, I recap the show’s structure and new channels as well as the plan around “the basics”

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G Suite for Education

GMail in the classroom just like on your phone. The promise of G Suite for Education is enticing. A low-cost way for schools to provide collaboration …

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The Basics

A friend highlighted a real issue: there isn’t enough material about basic cybersecurity that’s easily relatable.

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Operational Security

Connecting with others is critical but it can also pose a risk. It’s important not to “leak” information needlessly. This is a …

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3d Printing

3d printing holds a mountain of promise. While the technology is taking longer than generally expected to make an impact, the areas where it is having …

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Easy To Use Tools

We’re creating more and more data but despite advancements in data processing, we’re still lacking easy to use tools to understand …

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Learning From Failure

No one wins all the time. Don’t seek out failure but we shouldn’t be afraid of sharing our failures so that others may learn.

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Toxicity & Security's Responsibility

Security is there to ensure that the systems you build work only as intended. Part of that is realizing the potential for abuse and ensuring that the …

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Discussions At Scale

A lot of the issues facing our communities and sub communities today (deep fakes, encryption, privacy, DevOps, etc.) need active discussions. By their …

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Deep Fakes Was That Real

Is that video real? Are you sure? A new technique makes it easier than ever to create passable fake videos of prominent people. You cannot trust your …

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HR Challenges & Getting Your First Security Role

Getting your first cybersecurity role can be difficult. Is part of the problem how organizations are hiring talent?

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Security Keys, UX, & Reasonable Choices

Passwords are a horrible way to verifying identities but they are the best thing we currently have that works at scale. Adding a 2nd factor to that …

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Constant Negative Pressure

You cannot stand at “Red Alert” 24/7 but that’s exactly what we do in cybersecurity…often without realizing it. What impact …

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Assumptions & Outdated Mental Models

Unchecked assumptions are a major risk in any field…but in cybersecurity they take on a whole new level

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Getting Started In Security: Post Certification

A common step when you’re trying to get started in a career in cybersecurity is getting a basic certification. What comes after?

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Smartphone Addiction Intended Consequence

Is your phone trying to trick you into never putting it down? Smartphone addiction has become such a massive problem that the two major operating …

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Remote Work, Cubes, & Everything In Between

Where–physically–do you work? Does it matter?

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Balance & Burnout

It’s all too easy to burnout in IT in general…more so in security. Why? What’s the cost?

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Ignorance & Risk

Some perceptions override the logic behind risk decisions. How do you fight through to make a sound decision?

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Facial Recognition Discussion Required

Facial recognition is a technology that exemplifies the underlying neutrality of most technology. When used with positive intentions it makes out …

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Document, Automate, Repeat

If you’re working by hand, you’re failing. In today’s world of security, rapid delivery, and new technologies, automation is …

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Cybersecurity: Getting Past HR

Getting your first job in cybersecurity can be super frustrating. How can we work through traditional HR processes to get started?

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🧠 A.I. In Context

The popular perception of A.I. does not line up with it’s current capabilities. A look at what’s real and what’s not.

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Fortnite a Good Example

Over the few years, mobile has become the dominant platform for gaming. As a result, smaller, simple games have come to prominence. In order to make …

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Fortnite, UI Patterns, and Desired Behaviours

Design has a massive impact on user behaviour. Sadly, it’s often ignored when it comes to security and privacy.

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Google Duplex Are We Ready

Google really doesn’t like humans and they LOVE data. At the intersection of those two areas is a new A.I assistant that calls business to …

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Working Together To Improve Security

There’s only upside to collaborating more deeply with other teams in the org. So why doesn’t the security get out there and do it?!?

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Security Thinking Is Service Design Thinking

We’ve spoken a lot of maintaining and expanding perspective when it comes to cybersecurity. In this episode, we dive in highlight a methodology …

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Don't Trust The Network

We trust the networks we connect to everyday but should we?

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Tanacon, Security, and Lack of a Threat Model

Tanacon 1.0 was an unmitigated disaster. Not only is this a reminder that physical security is critical but it’s an example of a failure to …

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Culture Change Is Hard

We (the IT community) don’t push for cultural change because it requires persistent and dedicated long term work. That runs counter to the usual …

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Ethics And Action In Technology

Ethical questions and quandaries are tough enough to work though when they are theoretical. But when you’re confronted with them in the real …

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Ethics In Technology And Cybersecurity

How new technologies are used and built is really up to us. Regardless of your moral compass, it’s important that you discuss the creation & …

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Getting Started In Cybersecurity & Perspective

Getting started in cybersecurity can be hard. Sticking to core principles is critical as technology will change. But one of the hardest aspects to …

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Apple, Graylock, And Context

With iOS 12, Apple will reduce the time an iOS device responds to the USB port when locked down to an hour. Having a hard time understanding why that …

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Google In Schools

G Suite for Education is making waves in the Canadian education market. And why not? It looks like a win-win-win. Too good to be true?

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Cryptocurrency & High Value Targets

Cryptocurrency is a digital asset. As such, it’s a major target for cybercriminals. We’ve seen attack after attack in the past few months …

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Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is a simple dictate that states all network packets must be treated equally. This–of course–tanks a few business models for …

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Apple, WWDC, and Your Privacy

As usual there was a host of announcements at WWDC this year. No major spotlight stealers, what does that mean for security?

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Developer Workflow 101

The push to move to a “DevOps” culture is a great opportunity to improve security. But first, we need to understand the general …

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Security in Devops

The DevOps movement is the single biggest opportunity security teams have had in a long time. The goal of DevOps is speed and innovation. That goal …

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Transparency & Backpedaling

Security and privacy center on trust. You can’t have that without a high level of transparency. In this day and age, everything comes to light …

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Why Can't Security Place Nice With Others?

Is it just attitude that keeps security teams from working well with the rest of the organization? And if so, can that attitude be changed? …

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What's In A Name?

We know that cybersecurity isn’t the best name to describe what is ostensibly, “information security” but it’s the name …

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Information Security vs. Cybersecurity

At some point in the past few years, the term “information security” took a back seat to “cybersecurity”. Does it matter? Why?

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University for Cybersecurity

I am often asked what a good undergraduate program is to take if someone is aiming for a career in cybersecurity. There are plenty of fantastic …

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OpSec, Soft Skills, And People

Most of the focus around cybersecurity education is on the technical aspects. Is that the right approach?

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Data Management & GDPR

GDPR comes into effect tomorrow and one of it’s biggest advantages is how it will force companies to actually manage their data…well at …

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🇪🇺 GDPR Day!

GDPR is now of the law of the land in the EU. Did everything change overnight?

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Encryption Law Enforcement And Transparency

Apparently the FBI misrepresented the number of devices they can’t access due to encryption by up to a factor of 6x. This is most likely due to …

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3, 2, 1, GDPR

GDPR comes into effect on Friday, 25-May. What does it mean globally? Um…we’re not really sure.

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Listening To Customers

Listening to customers is built into the DNA of a lot of organizations…why aren’t security teams doing the same?

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Being Transparent With User Data

How do you handle data collection from your users? Is it hidden and suspect like the current rash of mobile provider exposures? With no opt-out like …

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Ethics In Technology & Security

Deep thoughts in this episode around ethics in technology and their use. Sparked by the latest issues around mobile phone tracking, this episode …

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Making A Break To Start Your Cybersecurity Career

How can you create a break for yourself to get started on a cybersecurity career path? A few thoughts…

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What You Need To Get Started In Cybersecurity

Getting started in cybersecurity isn’t as hard as you think. There’s no “ONE” path but there are a few key attributes …

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A.I. Amok

Google announced several new AI advancements at the I/O 2018 event. On the surface, there’s a lot of really usable features. The downside is …

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AI's Security & Privacy Impact

There have been a lot of advancements in AI research and use lately, but are we moving in the right direction? Are we having the right conversations …

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The Ultimate Guide to AWS re:Invent 2018

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This post lays out what you need to know to get the most out of the 2018 edition of this amazing event.

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Getting Started In Cybersecurity In A Positive Direction

In this episode, I speak to the challenges around today’s cybersecurity and what that means for those just starting down the cybersecurity path.

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F**king Passwords

Passwords are the worst. Just the worst.

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The F8 Fallout

Facebook wrapped up it’s F8 conference this week with a series of new product announcements. In this episode, we’ll take a look and see …

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Password Health

Passwords are the best of a mountain of bad solutions. Picking a strong password lies at the intersection of math (yay!) and …

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F8 & The Future Of Facebook

Facebook is hosting it’s annual F8 conference and it appears that this will be a reserved year. Understandable given the scandals of …

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The Hallway Track

When you’re at a conference, one of the biggest perks is the “hallway track”. The serendipitous run-ins with people you follow …

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Your Role As A Security Educator

The solution for the cybersecurity skills gap? Educate those around you!

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Poor Naming Choice For Gmail Redesign

Gmail just launched a nice, new redesigned UI. It’s slick and has some great new features. One feature, “Confidential Mode”, is …

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The Cybersecurity Paradox in Operational Technologies

This deep techincal dive in the cybersecurity of operational technologies (OT) focuses on the dramatic timing disconnect. Physical technology is often …

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Live Streaming and Needless Complexity

Streaming. It shouldn’t be this hard…

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The Canadian Criminal Code on Hacking

Where does the Canadian criminal code stand on hacking? Given how fast technology moves, can the law keep up?

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The Security Team's Role In Your Org

Can new technology solve everything? We in the security community need to spend more time investing in people and process.

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Blocking IP Addresses

Is IP blocking still effective? Is it a sledge hammer when you really need a scalpel?

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Fear Uncertainty And Doubt

Cybersecurity is often positioned from the negative. There are bad things coming to get you! What a waste of energy…

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iOS Graykey And Going Dark

Encryption on mobile devices is a challenge for law enforcement. 3rd party companies often use hacks in their products to address this need. Is it …

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Apple vs. The FBI

The FBI and other federal law enforcement in the US (and elsewhere) continue to push back against “going dark”. Thankfully Apple is …

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Splitting Hairs With Facebook Testimony

Facebook was called to the carpet and showed well…because they weren’t asked the right questions

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Privacy And Security vs. Usability

It’s often stated that you have to trade usability for security. I call 💩

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Video Streaming Options

Streaming is increasing in popularity but how easy is it to go beyond the basics?

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AWS San Francisco Summit 2018 Recap

All the news and notes from the 2018 AWS Summit in San Francisco

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Ubiquitous Digital Tracking

Had enough of the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal yet? Yeah, me too. Thankfully, it’s rolling up to address the bigger issue of digital …

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Facebook Data Mining & The Long Weekend Round-up

After the long weekend, this episode is a bit of a round up. Nothing big jumping out but a few minor issues to address.

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Changing Perspectives & The Unraveling Of Online Tracking

We’re tracked everywhere online. Should we be? Is there an upside to this practice?

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Working With Data

There’s a lack of easy-to-use tools for “average” users to analyze their data. In today’s world, that means something.

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Facebook Data Downloads

You upload a ton of data to Facebook and in turn, Facebook generates a ton of data about you. I built a tool to take a look at Facebook’s view …

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One Billion Attacks Per Day

Accurate data for cybersecurity threats is hard to come by. That doesn’t mean you can just make it up…

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Privacy At Scale

As the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to snowball, we take a look at the larger issues. How does privacy scale? Can it scale under …

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Terms of Service

Terms of Service agreements hide all manner of tricks and cede all of the power to the issuing corporation. Should they?

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Organizational Design and OT Risk

Sometimes the digital world has an impact on the real world…and it’s not always a positive one.

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Facebook Data Misuse And Social Network Responsibility

Ugh. Facebook Has Allowed A 3rd Party To Harvest Millions of Credentials

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CPUs, ICOs, and Blockchains

Lots of hype around CPU flaws, ICOs failing, and blockchain. This episode looks to cut through some of it!

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Rizenfall And Needless Hype

CPU Vulnerabilities Seem Like A Massive Problem. Are they deserving of the hype?

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Nervous For SXSW

My impressions of my first SXSW and the challenges of getting back on stage after a bit of a break

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SXSW Audience Level

Cybersecurity and privacy are a core part of the fabric of all technology. So why are they missing at most non-security conferences?

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Rogue Robots

“Smart” object are all the rage in our home lives. In the industrial world, operational technologies (OT) has becoming increasingly more …

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DDoS Attacks & Community Responsibility

DDoS attacks are scaling to new heights using record numbers of compromised machines. What are your responsibilities to the rest of internet …

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Secure Systems Thinking

One of the biggest challenges in cybersecurity today is the tendency to secure components instead of the larger system. It’s understandable but …

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New Website

In this episode we do a quick recap of the Canadian federal budget announcements around cybersecurity, talk about SXW, and the upcoming launch of the …

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Apple iOS 11 Security

SXSW, Canadian budget, Apple, and more

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Cybersecurity In & Of Canada

Rumours swirl ahead of a new Canadian federal budget. Will they address cybersecurity?

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Passwords, Educatiing Users, and the Communal Good

Security awareness is next to useless. Educate users instead

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Python Extension Modules in Aws Lambda

AWS Lambda is a fantastic way to connect various distinct pieces in the cloud. Python is an easily accessible language that makes that work simple. …

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Workflow, Passwords, and More

Passwords are a horrible solution to the challenge of authentication. But they’re the “best” we have for now…right?

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DevOps Overload

DevOps is the “new hotness” but what does it really mean to development, operations, and security?

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Voice Interfaces

Voice is going to play a huge role in the future. What are the security and privacy challenges?

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Apple Unicode Bug

One character can crash your iPhone. It’s a bit of problem.

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Blockchain For Identities

Does blockchain finally bring the transparency and accountability needed for an internet scale identity provider?

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Risk Assessments & The Risk Of No Data

Good data drives good decisions. This is a major problem in cybersecurity where the data simply isn’t available or accurate.

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Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games Hack

Cyberattacks happen all of the time. The critical angle to evaluate is their impact. Did the attack breach critical systems? Access personal …

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Perspectives

There is always new threat to worry about in cybersecurity. Keeping perspective about the likelihood of that threat being an actual issue is critical.

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Restart

Keeping a personal website up to date is always tricky. The technical pieces are simple, it’s be satisfied with the design and making the …

2017 > 3 posts

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The Ultimate Guide to Your First AWS re:Invent

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This post lays out what you need to know to get the most out of your first time at this amazing show.

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4 Principles for Hybrid Cloud Success

Four principles to help you navigate a cloud migration and the realities of hybrid cloud.

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3 Simple Steps to Disrupt Ransomware

Ransomware is the scourge of the digital world. Cybercriminals are making money hand over fist. What can you do to protect yourself?

2016 > 1 posts

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5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of AWS re:Invent 2016

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This post gives you the top five things to focus on to get the most out of the 2016 edition.

2015 > 2 posts

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5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of AWS re:Invent 2015

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This post gives you the top five things to focus on to get the most out of the 2015 edition.

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What is Steganography?

When you hide a message inside of another message, it’s called steganography. While you might not have known it’s name, this technique has a long and …

2014 > 24 posts

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Exploring AWS Lambda

Great content from @marknca

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Shared Responsibility Examples: Shellshock

The shared responsibility model defines how the cloud works. This post examines how Shellshock impacts that model.

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Shared Responsibility Examples: POODLE

Recent vulnerability “POODLE” demonstrates how the shared responsibility model helps reduce your security workload.

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Shared Responsibility Examples: The Re:Boot

The shared responsibility model is simple to explain but challenging to implement. This post examines how the models works for the latest Xen …

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AWS Expands to Frankfurt

AWS continues to expand it’s global network with the opening of a new region in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Cloud Security: Shared Responsibility in Action

Great content from @marknca

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Another Day, Another Data Breach

Why do all incident response communications from customers feel the same? Why do they all miss the mark? How hard is it to do better?

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What You Need to Know About Shellshock, aka the 'Bash Bug'

Shellshock is a surprising bug. Hidden for decades, what do you need to know to help your organization respond?

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Automating Security on Azure

Microsoft hosted it’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference and the focus on was Microsoft Azure. I delivered a talk focused on how to automate …

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The Code Spaces Nightmare

Code Spaces is the worst case scenario. A simple misconfiguration in the cloud cost them their business.

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D.C. Metro Cyber Security Summit

A summary of the D.C. Metro Cyber Security Summit 2014.

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A Pragmatic Approach to Scaling Security in the Cloud

Cloud computing is more than just fast self-service of virtual infrastructure. Developers and admins are looking for ways to provision and manage at …

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Continuous Monitoring for Situational Awareness

If you strip away a lot of security terminology, it’s really about understanding what’s going on. If you want slap a fancy term back on, …

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Security on Azure

How does security work in the Azure cloud? This post lays out the basics.

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Getting Up to Speed on Azure

Microsoft Build 2014 kicks off a new era for Microsoft. One that will (hopefully) transform the company and focus on building out their cloud; Azure.

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Heartbleed – One Week In

Great content from @marknca

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AWS Summit San Francisco 2014

As AWS opened their summit series for 2014, 5000+ people packed into the Moscone Center. There was a ton of energy in the air and I got to talk about …

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Security Operations: The Big Picture

What does a modern security practice look like in the cloud? How do each of the area change?

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Updating Forensics for the Cloud

Forensics is an area that’s often lacking in corporate environments. Few people have time to truly dig into an incident after it’s been …

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Updating Network Security Monitoring for the Cloud

Network security monitoring is changing dramatically in the cloud as more and more responsibilities are shifted to the Cloud Service Provider. How …

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Updating Incident Response for the Cloud

Incident response is often overlooked by everyone outside of the security team. In the cloud, automation and cooperation reign supreme.

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Updating Security Operations for the Cloud

The cloud is a fantastic opportunity to improve your security posture…but only if you update how you handle operations.

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Changes in the Cloud Discussion

The cloud security discussion has changed from ‘should we’ to ‘how do we’. Here are the top issues you should be tackling.

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Remember the Audience

When speaking to security issues in the media, what’s the right level of technical depth?

2011 > 1 posts

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Whaling

This post provides information that is designed to help you defend against phishing, spear phishing, and whaling attacks. Exploring the reasons for …