feeding my own misguided insanity

You have no idea how many people advised me against moving to Temple Bar, the watering hole and club district in central Dublin. I only heard bad things about the square mile, but after a couple of night owl jaunts, I fell in love with the place.

Zero Trust (ZT) was heralded as a disruptive network architecture that would finally put an end to internal threats. It was also supposed to bridge the security gap between implicitly trusted internal network zones and untrusted perimeter defences.

Cybersecurity attacks will continue to increase in both frequency and sophistication over time – mostly due to the blasé attitudes within the industry about what should be done. While APT tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) continue to be refined on a global scale, the targeted organizations either bury their heads in the sand pretending that there is nothing that can be done, or throw their arms up into the air with frustration and despair.

I’ve always found mentors to be truly remarkable people who not only make light work of venturing outside societal and technical norms but who go out on a limb to help those who ask. Their advice has often helped me to successfully navigate corporate politics, avoid technical minefields and, on occasion, convinced me to restructure my thinking, expectations and attitudes.

Today I found out that on behalf of Secbüro Labs, I have been selected as a contributing cybersecurity expert for a 144 page special edition of Hackin9 & eForensics magazines titled “Predictions for Cybersecurity in 2016”.

Last week I was in Berlin attending the Cloud Security Alliance Congress EMEA 2015, where I had the opportunity to meet some very interesting security specialists in visualization, cloud, telecom and networking sectors.

With an influx of security bulletins for Android-based devices, I decided to install antivirus software on my Android phone as a precautionary measure.  However, the experience was anything but ideal – poor performance and high battery consumption. While security has a price on any platform, battery powered devices suffer far more because they can only […]

Despite billions being spent on security, many organizations continue to fail miserably in preventing information leakage through their corporate proxy servers and web gateways.  In most cases, the reason is that people are unaware of how the underlying technology and protocols operate nor which features should be enabled or disabled. Below you will find guidance […]

It’s not every day that you get to play the role of the chief information officer (CIO) of a Fortune 100 company.  However, in light of recent high-profile cybersecurity breaches, let’s imagine for a moment that you are a CIO who is busy preparing to deliver a rather sobering cybersecurity briefing. This is the first […]

So which is it: Cyber Security, Cyber-Security or Cybersecurity?  Is this the next reincarnation of datacentre vs. data center or ciphertext vs. cipher text?  The security industry still hasn’t made any concerted effort to close on the cyber?security anomaly.  And with about 15 million search results each, not even Google is able to raise a […]

For many people within the corporate security community, Google’s January 2010 disclosure that it had been targeted by a sophisticated attack, marked the beginning of the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) era.  Although Google’s disclosure put APT into the spotlight, law enforcement, intelligence and counterintelligence communities had already been using the term for a number of […]

Last year I updated my PGP public encryption key to 4096 bits since it now looks as though it may be possible to crack a 1024 bit key within my lifetime.  Not that I have many secretes, but those that I do, I intend to keep out of prying eyes.  And unless quantum computers start […]

Modern organizations have tried to increase the collaborative effort by creating centers of expertise, regional hubs and invested heavily in collaborative technologies. However, despite all the investment, invariably they fall short of the mark because open-plan office design has shown that it is negatively related to workers’ satisfaction with their physical environment and perceived productivity […]

After many years of work with clients across Africa and the Middle East I decided to join a large research organization, more specifically, Huawei’s European Research Center (ERC) headquartered in Munich. I figured that researching security and digging deeper into the cloud would not only give me a chance to put my field experience to […]

This is a collection of the lessons I’ve learnt as a result of being in various relationships throughout my life. The original list was released as a daily installment on social media some time back, but I’ve decided to include them here in bulk for general consumption. I’ve learnt I’m patient beyond what I previously […]

A few years back I lent some money to a friend who happened to be going through a rough patch in life. I had some spare cash and I saw this as a simple case of them needing it more than I did. I was happy to lend a helping hand to someone who had […]

If it was adventure we were after, then X-Pyr 2014 certainly delivered. Add to that a generous dollop of adrenaline, exhaustion and spectacular scenery and you have yourself an event that kept everyone on the edge of their seats day after day in anticipation of the next waypoint. This post is my annotated debrief of […]

I’m a great supporter of the Schengen Agreement, but what I witnessed this week upon my return to Malta from France would send convulsive chills down the back of any EU immigration officer. Yes, Malta Airport gave a real proper bitch slap to all Schengen countries — I really wish there was a nicer way […]

It’s official, my brother and I have been selected for the X-Pyr 2014 paragliding competition. The X-Pyr is an extreme event which aims to have its competitors cross the Pyrenees, from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean, using nothing more than a paraglider and/or walking (running for the diehards is also an option) in the […]

It’s been about a decade since I last strapped tanks of air onto my back, and probably twice that long since my first ever dive in Australia during the early ’90s. I wanted to get some air into my lungs, shake off the malaise brought on by my recent brush with malaria, explore the sea […]