This Weekly Wrap covers three weeks, from Monday 4 to Sunday 24 December 2017, a varied period.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 395: The three phases of pre-Christmas”
The goal of The 9pm Edict Summer Series is to fund extra episodes of The 9pm Edict podcast over summer. As I write this on Sunday afternoon, 29 supporters have taken us 54% of the way to Target One. With four days to go, we’ve got some catching up to do. Please consider.
- Resilience to phishing attacks is failing to improve, ZDNet Australia, 13 November 2017.
Podcasts, Media Appearances
None, but see below.
The Week Ahead
Monday through Wednesday will be about writing, for both ZDNet and DirectorTech. Wednesday will also include errands to both Leura and Katoomba, or maybe even Penrith. Exotic!
This episode will include the wrap-up of the Pozible campaign for The 9pm Edict Summer Series, so listen for the final result.
Friday is a Sydney day, with medical and other appointments.
The exact shape of the next few weeks will depend on the results of The 9pm Edict Summer Series. Do you detect a theme here?
[Photo: AMP Building, Sydney, the building at 33 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, which was the first example of the post-war International style to be built in Sydney. Photographed on 14 November 2017.]
My week Monday 20 to Sunday 26 June 2016 saw me emerging from the mysterious illness, and starting to get back into work. Still, I made good progress on most work fronts, even if there’s nothing much to report
- “The 9pm Carousel of Cluelessness”, being The 9pm Edict episode 60. It’s also available on SoundCloud and Spreaker.
This is the final episode of what I’ve called “series 4” of the Edict. There’s a new series and a new schedule from 1 July. I haven’t announced that yet, however, except to say that there’ll be one episode during July. Stay tuned for details.
- On Tuesday, ZDNet posted another video of me giving my feelpinion about stuff in their Security TV series, Rushing through email lowers phishing defences. From memory, there’s one more video to go.
Articles and Corporate Largesse
None. For obvious reasons.
The Week Ahead
I’m spending this week in Ashfield, in Sydney’s inner west, but Monday will be a day of travel: errands to Enmore and Lilyfield, then the long commute up to Wentworth Falls and back. Why? To collect some documents I need for my neverending tax compliance catch-up.
Tuesday will see me working with those documents.
On Wednesday, there’s a lunchtime briefing by VMware in the SydneyCBD, after which I’ve got a meeting related to a SEKRIT media project.
On Thursday I’m recording an interview in the morning, then heading to the Sydney CBD to get a haircut, pre-vote for Saturday’s federal election, and get a democracy sausage.
Friday will be a mix of research, writing, and more tax compliance work, depending on my mood at the time.
There’s also geek work scattered through the whole week, but I won’t go into the details here.
Saturday is federal election day in Australia. While I’m not sure what I’ll be doing during the day, the evening will doubtless be spent watching to election specials on TV. It’ll be a close result, by all accounts, so I’m really looking forward to it.
While the following few weeks are still be be organised, I can say that I’ll be going to theGartner Security & Risk Management Summit in Sydney on 22-23 August, and the AISA National Conference in Sydney on 18-20 October.
[Photo: Sydney Harbour at sunset, photographed on 22 June 2016 while crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.]
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.]
My regular spot on Phil Dobbie’s Balls Radio returned this week after a wee break, and the topic was spear phishing.
Most of what we discussed was based on newly-released research from Websense and my as-yet-unreported conversations with their guys.
Here’s the audio of my segment. If you’d like more, have a listen to the full episode.
The program is no longer broadcast on FM99.3 Northside Radio, it’s purely a podcast. You can subscribe over at the website.