In the final episode of the Edictâ€™s Late Winter Series, we discuss Antarctic geopolitics with Dr Elizabeth Buchanan from the Australian War College. There’s a lot more to it than snow, penguins, and coloured lights in the sky.Continue reading “The 9pm Polar Political Peregrination with Dr Liz Buchanan”
The 9pm Autumn Series 2021 continues with another plunge down the wombat warren of internet disinformation, this time with Elise Thomas from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.Continue reading “The 9pm April Fool’s Disinformation Dialogue with Elise Thomas”
My week of Monday 29 July to Sunday 4 August 2019 was week four of being on Health Patrol for my friend, and progress has been good. It also heralded a return to productivity — until that stopped dead.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 479: Human health improves, computer health declines”
My week of Monday 11 to Sunday 17 February 2019 was the kind of week I should’ve been having last month â€” monitoring events, getting some research done, and actually writing things. 2019 is finally under way. I think.
I was a busy possum during the two weeks from Monday 9 to Sunday 22 April 2018. The first week was spent in Canberra covering some cyber events, and the second was spent writing, and working on the SEKRIT editorial project which I’ll tell you a tiny amount about… now!
I’m the series editor on a project for Crikey, one that they’ve crowdfunded via a Pozible project called Crikey Digs. Some of you may have seen me tweet that part of it is about businesses that misuse Australians’ personal data, or trade it in a dodgy way. More will be revealed in the coming week.
Meanwhile, all these things…
- Cyber Dam Busters could give Australia’s military an asymmetric edge, ZDNet Australia, 10 April 2018.
- ASD to review Australia’s cybersecurity and ‘drive out known problems’, ZDNet Australia, 11 April 2018.
- Technical solutions won’t stop the real threats to elections, ZDNet Australia, 12 April 2018.
- Blaming Russia for NotPetya was coordinated diplomatic action, ZDNet Australia, 12 April 2018.
- Caught short by NotPetya, Australia to establish 24/7 ‘cyber newsroom’, ZDNet Australia, 13 April 2018.
- It’s time for cyber weather and traffic bulletins, ZDNet Australia, 13 April 2018.
- Cyber fraudsters now stealing millions in single transactions, ZDNet Australia, 19 April 2018.
- On Wednesday 11 April, I spoke about aspects of the ongoing Facebook story on ABC Adelaide.
- On Friday 13 April, I spoke about the risks of using dodgy VPN providers on ABC Sydney.
- One of my tweets was quoted in the Junkee story The Daily Mail Has Fired A Reporter For Calling A â€˜Bachelorâ€™ Contestant A â€œVapid C*ntâ€
- On Thursday 19 April, I spoke about the idea of cyber weather bulletins on ABC Perth.
I’ve fallen out of the habit of posting the audio from my radio spots. Would you like me to return to that habit?
None. However see below for a bit of a plan.
- There was plenty of food and drink at the ACSC Conference in Canberra, though I skipped most of the functions.
The Week Ahead
The next few weeks see me based in Ashfield, Sydney, working through the SEKRIT editorial project, and writing for ZDNet much as usual. I’m hoping to get some walking in, however, and I might post some stuff about the places I visit, including photos.
On Tuesday night I’m doing a radio spot for ABC Melbourne, some time between 1900 and 2200 AEST. We haven’t locked in the time yet.
Wednesday is Anzac Day. It’s a public holiday, so I may take it easy. But I also might get up early for the Dawn Service. Undecided.
The next episode of The 9pm Edict, will be recorded and streamed live on Tuesday 8 May at 2100 AEST.
Other things I’ve pencilled in:
- AusCERT Cyber Security Conference, Gold Coast, 30 May to 1 June.
- The 9pm Edict Public House Forum 7, Brisbane, Saturday 2 June. (TBC)
- Building Australia’s Strategy for Space, Canberra, 13â€“15 June.
- SINET 61, Melbourne, 31 July â€“ 1 August. (TBC)
- D61+ LIVE, Brisbane, 18â€“19 September. (TBC)
- Australian Cyber Conference, formerly the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference, Melbourne, 9â€“11 October.
[Photo: Parliament House, Canberra, photographed on 13 April 2018.]
- Patch Monday episode 128, “Cybercrime and the Russian mob”. Stephen McCombie, lecturer at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University, explains why Eastern Europe is the perfect breeding-ground for online crime. And Chris Gatford, proprietor of Hacklabs, says that organisations’ networks are showing the same vulnerabilities as a decade ago. We’re not learning. And the payment card industry data security standard (PCI DSS) has failed us too.
- Hacking up the facts, Technology Spectator, 7 March 2012, written following lunch with RSA’s Art Coviello.
- Zero damage from last year’s RSA breach, CSO Online, 7 March 2012. A more accurate headline would be “Zero damage from last year’s hack, says RSA”, but that’s my fault for doing things in a rush.
- Oz ethical hackers to be set professional standards, CSO Online, 9 March 2012. We now have an Australian branch of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), with Alastair MacGibbon as its first CEO.
- On Saturday I was quoted in a Sydney Morning Herald article about the Finkelstein media review, Rising anger over plans to regulate blogosphere. Whoever was angry, it wasn’t me.
- On Monday, RSA paid for lunch at The Summit Restaurant. From the rather lovely menu I selected the campechana of ocean trout, school prawns, Pacific oyster and crab in a wet tomato lime ceviche, followed by the dry aged Angus beef cheek and loin noisettes with Jerusalem artichoke, grapes and majoram — along with some of the double cream and butter mashed potato, and the crisp garden leaves and cress salad with chardonnay dressing. I forgot to write down what the wines were, sorry, but I can show you the view in directions one, two and three.
- Also on Monday, I had coffee with Brad Arkin from Adobe, and they paid. I didn’t see the need to take a photograph.
Most of my day-to-day observations are on my high-volume Twitter stream, and random photos and other observations turn up on my Posterous stream (or they used to before my phone camera got a bit too scratched up). The photos also appear on Flickr, where I eventually add geolocation data and tags.
[Photo: Rosella in da House. Technically this is being posted in the wrong week because it’s from 4 March, but it accurately summarises the mood of this week I think. Some of the local avian wildlife at Bunjaree Cottages has started to get a little more friendly.]