For some reason, out of all these weeks of Quarantimes, this week of Monday 5 to Sunday 11 October 2020, and to a lesser extent last week, saw me reminiscing about the Beforetimes when we could travel. Remember them?Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 541: Reminiscing about the Beforetimes, with some productivity”
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.]
The closing event of the AusCERT 2016 information security conference was, as is traditional, the Speed Debate. It was me very great pleasure to take part once more.
Below the fold is the full video of the debate, which took place on Friday 27 May. MC Adam Spencer introduces the panellists early up.
- “The 9pm Detachable Foreskin Monologue”, being The 9pm Edict episode 58, 23 May 2016. The podcast is also available on SoundCloud and Spreaker.
- No stars for Internet of Things security, ZDNet Australia, 27 May 2016. This is the first article of several that will be based on material gathered at the AusCERT 2016 conference.
- On Thursday, I spoke about various AusCERT-related infosec topics on ABC Gold Coast.
- I’ve only just discovered it, but on 16 May one of my photographs was used to illustrate a story at The Conversation, How ‘gamification’ can make transport systems and choices work better for us.
- My journey to the Gold Coast was covered by AusCERT, who provided return flights SYD-OOL; airport transfers; three nights accommodation at Marriott Surfers Paradise; and an ample sufficiency of food and drink. I didn’t gather much swag, just some essentials. Avecto: Wednesday morning Berocca. Palo Alto Networks: a copy of Cybersecurity for Dummies.
The Week Ahead
I should be in Sydney for the whole week. With no specific appointments at this stage, apart from a medical appointment on Wednesday, I’ll work through some writing for ZDNet, the several geek-for-hire projects, and the neverending tax bookkeeping.
That said, on one day I’ll need to collect my audio gear from Wentworth Falls. On another, I want to do an audio test at Hurstville, to see if it’ll be possible to live-stream the podcast recording session.
On Saturday afternoon, I’m recording The 9pm Edict Public House Forum 3 at the Hurstville Ritz Hotel. On Sunday morning, I’ll edit and post that podcast.
[Photo: Approaching the Gold Coast, photographed on 24 May 2016.]
As careful readers will know, I’ve spent most of the week on Australia’s Gold Coast at the AusCERT 2016 Conference. That piqued the interest of ABC Gold Coast.
On Thursday morning I recorded a chat about various security and cybercrime topics of interest, which was edited down to this 16-minute conversation.
The presenter is Nicole Dyer.
This audio is ©2016 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
[Photo: Part of the stage for AusCERT 2016, photographed on 25 May 2016.]
I also think I’m coming down with a cold, which is hardly surprising. We’ll see.
There’s much I want to talk about, but this very moment I’m at the regularly monthly Poetry in the Pub in Katoomba. I have Sunday Lunch here many weeks. But this month it’s essentially a wake, because one of their number has passed. I’ll admit that I shed a tear as one chap read Henry Lawson’s “The Glass on the Bar”. My whinges can wait for another time.
- Is cybersecurity moving away from all the military language?, ZDNet Australia, 9 June 2015. I’ve written before the militarisation of the language of infosec before, so I was surprised to see this column generate some reaction.
- Spearphishing and how to stop it: Some lessons from AusCERT, ZDNet Australia, 12 June 2015.
There’s also two more ZDNet pieces in the pipeline. They’ll appear in the first half of the coming week, I imagine.
None. The next episode of The 9pm Edict is now scheduled for
Wednesday 17 Saturday 20 June.
There were five editions of 5at5 this week, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. That’s more than 25 things for you to read! To save me having to tell you this, you could just subscribe.
- On Wednesday, I spoke about so-called digital detox on ABC 891 Adelaide.
- On Friday, I spoke about Australia’s proposed new laws for blocking websites that infringe copyright on ABC Riverina and across western NSW,
but there’s no recording.
The Week Ahead
On Monday and Tuesday, I’ll be finishing off those two ZDNet stories.
In theory, I’m also heading in to Sydney on Tuesday for the Optus Business Lunch, to hear the company’s chief executive officer Allen Lew deliver a keynote speech on “how customer behaviours are driving digital transformation” — but with deadlines, that may have to be cancelled. On Wednesday, I’ll be completing an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast. On Thursday, I’ll be writing a column for ZDNet.
On Friday, I’m definitely doing the long commute to Sydney, to go to a lunchtime briefing by the Wynyard Group on corporate and cyber criminals.
While the weekend has not yet been planned, the Solstice is on Sunday night — well, for me it’s at 0238 AEST on Monday morning — so I’ll be marking the occasion in some way. How? I’m not sure yet. The same applies to the rest of the weekend, I suppose.
Update 15 June 2015: Edited to reflect the schedule change. Second update, 1620 AEST: Edited to add link to ABC Riverina recording. Update 17 June 2015: Edited to reflect further schedule changes.
[Photo: Surveillance, photographed at Wentworth Falls railway station on 13 June 2015.]