You can't secure what you don't acknowledge.SM

Saturday, February 23, 2008

My security content from this week

Here's a videocast I recorded recently for

Securing Endpoints the Right Way

...and be sure to check out the details of my first official audio program called Getting Started in Security.

For all of my past information security tips and tricks be sure to check out

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My first official audio program - Getting Started in Security - is available!

Well, it's finally here...My Getting Started in Security audio program is now available for purchase! This audio program (which comes packaged in a 50 minute MP3 file) addresses all the right stuff you need to know to kick off your career in information security. I share with you my practical, helpful, and proven ideas that will help you make better decisions to set yourself up for success in your career moving forward.

In Getting Started in Security, you'll learn:

  • Insight into the security job market
  • The actions you need to take to get rolling down the right path
  • How you can go from being a jack-of-all-trades in IT to specializing in security
  • The pros and cons of security certifications, degrees, and hands-on experience
  • What employers are really looking for in security professionals
  • How to get your foot in the door to get the experience you need
  • The best ways to go about getting your ideal job
  • Essential elements for getting to the next level and making your career in security really take off

Check it out at if you're interested...and tell others about it too.

More good stuff to come...


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Yet another thing to worry about with laptops

Apparently more people are being accosted and having their laptops and other mobile devices searched and even taken away from them putting everything on the system at risk. Something drive encryption isn't going to fix! OK, maybe if you have everything stored on an encrypted file/partition.

As inconvenient as it is, I'm starting to like the idea of having a clean laptop and only accessing files remotely. I'm just not sure that's practical unless the laptop is really locked down to keep users from saving anything locally.

Ah, the joys of our electronic society...

Monday, February 18, 2008

Lost laptop worth $54 million?

Check out this news of Best Buy losing a laptop and, in turn, being sued for $54 million. Apparently there's sensitive information on it...Whew - steep price to pay for a laptop that just needed a new power button. Stakes will probably get higher once the number of people losing sensitive information is disclosed though. Maybe we'll see it on's list of the finest.

$54 million does seem a little steep for such an incident...After all, people need to know there are consequences when they choose to house sensitive information on unencrypted drives. But...who/what is Best Buy going to be accountable to? Too bad customer service never really is.