The week of Monday 17 to Sunday 23 June 2019 started to see some actual winter in the Blue Mountains, though I was in Sydney for three days. I was also productive.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 473: Cybers and a Malaysian flavour”
My week of Monday 10 to Sunday 16 June 2019 included another lovely trip to Canberra, but also an annoying viral bug that wiped me out for a whole day on Friday, and then work days on Saturday and Sunday. Balance?Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 472: Canberra, with cybers and a virus”
My week of Monday 28 May to Sunday 3 June 2018 began in the Blue Mountains, passed through the Gold Coast, and ended up in Brisbane. But I told you that last week.
- Australian real estate agents a trending target for cybercrime, ZDNet Australia, 1 June 2018.
- State-sponsored cyber attacks deserve tougher responses: ASPI report, ZDNet Australia, 1 June 2018.
None. But there will be two episodes quite soon. Trust me on this.
- On Monday morning, I spoke about the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on ABC Darwin.
- On Monday evening, I spoke about the risks of leaving data un-wiped on things like printers and photocopiers on ABC Melbourne.
- On Tuesday morning, I spoke about the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on ABC Alice Springs.
- On Thursday, the inimitable wine writer Philip White cited one of my tweets, kinda, in his InDaily column, The art of ranking alcohol.
- Wednesday through Friday, there was plenty of food and drink to be had at the AusCERT Cyber Security Conference. I also scored an AusCERT backpack and polo shirt, and from Enex Carbon a couple of branded pens. I didn’t really run amok in the vendors’ stalls this year.
The Week Ahead
I’m staying on in Brisbane for a couple more days. On Monday, after a morning of writing, I’m having lunch with an infosec person, then recording an episode of The 9pm Probe with author and columnist John Birmingham. Tuesday includes more writing, as well as my afternoon flight back to Sydney.
Wednesday is a Sydney day, with a couple of medical appointments interrupting my scheduled writing. I’ll also be recording a review of a chicken and avocado pie — don’t ask — and eventually getting the train back up to Wentworth Falls.
The rest of the week is full of writing for Crikey and ZDNet, arranged as the mood takes me. Then there’s the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, but so far I haven’t planned anything for that.
Things I’ve pencilled in:
- Building Australia’s Strategy for Space, Canberra, 13–15 June. (TBC)
- SINET 61, Melbourne, 31 July – 1 August. (TBC)
- D61+ LIVE, Brisbane, 18–19 September. (TBC)
- Australian Cyber Conference, formerly the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference, Melbourne, 9–11 October.
[Photo: Nested bridges on the Brisbane River. SA view from a CityCat ferry as it makes its way down the Brisbane River towards the CBD, photographed on 3 June 2018.]
My week of Monday 29 May to Sunday 4 June 2017 was less annoying than usual. I take this as a positive sign.
- “The 9pm Courting Disaster”, being The 9pm Edict episode 67. This episode is also available on SoundCloud and Spreaker. This was the first episode in two months. I’d you’d like to help make them more frequent, please feel free to contribute.
- Australia’s grand cyber plan swamped by reality: ASPI, ZDNet Australia, 31 May 2017.
- I also finished a piece for ZDNet that’ll appear in the next few days.
- On Monday 29 May, Justin Warren quoted some of my tweets is a piece for Forbes, Fast Failure Of Imagination.
- On Tuesday, I spoke about digital driver’s licenses on ABC Adelaide. I won’t be posting this audio, or the ones I’ve missed uploading in the last couple of months. There’s some higher-priority things to focus on.
The Week Ahead
It’s more or less the same as last week, except that the plan might actually come together. There’s work to do on the SEKRIT editorial project; and writing a thing for ZDNet, plus a bunch of administrivia. Then it’s the long weekend for the Queen’s Birthday, though I haven’t had a chance to even think about that yet.
I’m covering 5th International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics (ICCCF) on the Gold Coast from 16 to 18 July, I hope; and the national conference of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) in Sydney from 10 to 12 October.
If there’s anything I should add in there, please let me know.
[Photo: Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, photographed on 9 June 2014 just after some afternoon rain. This image had previously gone through Instagram. While some might complain about the supposed purity of not using filters, I quite like the painterly effect. I’ll rant about the idiocy of the #nofilter hashtag another time.]