The Summer Series continues with special guest Leo Puglisi, the young lad from Melbourne who founded and runs 6 News Australia, and who’s been copping flak on social media from all manner of politically motivated trolls.Continue reading “The 9pm Kooyong Election Preview and Media Troll Fight with Six News Australia’s Leo Puglisi”
As expected, the Great Sog of La Niña continued through the week of Monday 6 to Sunday 12 December 2021, at least until the weekend. It was a productive week with actual social activities — but I’m already behind schedule so let’s get straight into the business.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 602: Slime mould, summer, and cybers”
I’m very happy with my week of Monday 16 to Sunday 22 November 2020. I made another good podcast. I wrote an adequate thing. And so much of it was dominated by birds — though not so much the one in the photo.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 547: All the birds, some of the blockchain”
My week of Monday 11 to Sunday 17 November was spent in Sydney, apart from just one night. Friends persuaded me to avoid the Blue Mountains on Tuesday’s “catastrophic” fire danger day — though things turned out fine up there — and I stayed down for the rest of the week for a few Health Patrol duties.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 494: Avoiding fires, finding faults, reading court decisions”
- No Russian interference yet in US midterm elections: FireEye, ZDNet Australia, 4 October 2018. Interesting analysis. The first of three stories from the FireEye Cyber Defense Summit.
- America the ‘indispensable nation’ for cybersecurity: Madeleine Albright, ZDNet Australia, 4 October 2018.
- North Korea is the most destructive cyber threat right now: FireEye, ZDNet Australia, 5 October 2018. The key word here is “destructive”. When discovered, the DPRK hackers tent to trash everything in sight.
- My Health Record justifications ‘kind of lame’: Godwin, ZDNet Australia, 10 October 2018.
- UK’s NCSC to monitor internet routing to stop DDoS and hijacks, ZDNet Australia, 12 October 2018. An update on the NCSC’s impressive Active Cyber Defence work.
None published. But as well as the long conversation with Nicholas Fryer that we recorded in Adelaide two weeks ago, in DC I recorded a long interview with the remarkable Mike Godwin, creator of Godwin’s Law amongst many other things. Both of those podcasts will be posted some time in the coming week.
None, which is unusual.
- My flights to the US and the related accommodation were covered by FireEye.
- At the Australian Cyber Conference on 10–11 October there was plenty of food and drink, courtesy of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and their sponsors. AusCERT: A branded SyncStop “USB Condom” to protect my devices while charging from random USB ports; Tenable: a copy of Cyber Exposure for Dummies; ThreatQuotient: A stress rhinoceros, leading Benno Rice to coin the euphemism “Squeezing the rhino”; Tripwire: Three t-shirts bearing the slogan “I didn’t start the fire”; Yubico: A YubiKey NEO authentication device.
The Week Ahead
On Monday, I’m back in Sydney, where I’ll be dealing with a couple of medical things, sorting through my notes and pitching some stories, and ending the day with some social life, before taking the train back to Wentworth Falls.
Tuesday through Thursday will be about writing for ZDNet and editing podcasts. I’ll plan that out as I go.
Friday is another Sydney day, with the usual mix of medical and work appointments, plus whatever remains to be done. I’m looking forward to having a lazy weekend.
The following week I’m spending a bunch of time in Sydney covering the Sibos global financial services conference on 22–25 October. That’ll keep me pretty busy, so Friday through Sunday will be more laid-back.
- McAfee MPOWER Cyber Security Summit, Sydney, 30 October.
- International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ (iappANZ) Annual Summit, Privacy: Handling the Seismic Shift, Melbourne, 1 November. (Tentative)
[Photo: The White House. You know what this is. Photographed on the foggy Sunday morning of 7 October 2018.]
What an “interesting” fortnight. I was ill for most of Monday 13 to Sunday 26 August 2018, though some articles did emerge before the lurgi struck. At least I had an excuse for taking the week off to watch the downfall of prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.
- How brand new science will manage the fourth industrial revolution, ZDNet Australia, 13 August 2018. Some fascinating stuff on the work of Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell.
- Flaws in ACT election systems could reveal voters’ votes, ZDNet Australia, 13 August 2018.
- No backdoors for Australian encryption, just a riddling of ratholes, ZDNet Australia, 14 August 2018. This column was translated for ZDNet France as Chiffrement : pas de backdoor, mais des égratignures tout de même.
- Cyber defence goes missing in Australian Cabinet reshuffle, ZDNet Australia, 26 August 2018.
- I was cited in a journal article, Virtual Neighbors: Russia and the EU in Cyberspace by André Barrinha in Insight Turkey. The article cited was my Blaming Russia for NotPetya was coordinated diplomatic action of 12 April.
Podcasts, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
None, but I will finally have the next podcast done in the next ten days. Promise.
The Week Ahead
The first half of the week will be spent in Sydney. Monday is about writing, with one or possibly even two columns emerging for ZDNet. On Tuesday I’m covering CLOUDSEC Australia 2018. And on Wednesday I’ve got a mix of writing and meetings.
Thursday is a take-it-easy day. Friday should be about writing again, though I want to spend a day in Cronulla for podcast-related reasons.
I’ve pencilled in:
- D61+ LIVE, Brisbane, 18–19 September. (TBC, but looking unlikely at this stage)
- Australian Cyber Conference, formerly the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference, Melbourne, 9–11 October.
- International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ (iappANZ) Annual Summit, Privacy: Handling the Seismic Shift, Melbourne, 1 November. (TBC)
Update 2120 AEST: Edited to add tonight’s article on Australia’s cabinet reshuffle.
[Photo: Sydney Central station, as seen from the Veriu Sydney Central Hotel on 6 August 2018.]