Monday, August 12, 2013

DEFCON 21 (and 20 oops!)

Defcon-21-badge+stuffDEFCON 21 was in Las Vegas, NV from August 02-04, 2013 and we were there.  Our real-time posts, references, and links are available over on @Technewsradio on Twitter.  

We have a detailed report (PDF) from the sessions attended if you are interested.  Just drop us an email to get the full report or a request via message on Twitter.  A podcast summary is planned but not promised at this time.

Things that we are "worried about" from an Enterprise computing perspective:

  • Social Engineering against users is like a hot knife cutting butter. Only defense seems to be training and awareness. Traditional information assurance (IA) protections: virus scanning, IDS, firewall, etc are not effective.
  • You can't secure what you don't manage.
  • Basic system administration tools and infrastructure services in the Microsoft Windows world can be used for evil: PowerShell, .NET, DNS, browsers, PKI, and SCOM.
  • USB is not your friend.
  • Mobile computing and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are really not your friend.
  • Cloud computing could be your friend but probably won't.
  • Developers writing code for an organization without a security focus is just asking for trouble.
  • If you think your stuff is secure just because you have it behind a lock and a key you are in denial.
  • In a year or less, penetration testing is going to include inexpensive mobile assault options via semi-autonomous very-small drones and robots.

P.S. x 1: We were also at DEFCON 20 and have that report available if you are interested. Just drop us an email or message on Twitter for a link.

P.S. x 2: There are also DEFCON 18 and DEFCON 19 reports.  They are surprisingly still relevant IMHO -- same bat channel.

August 12, 2013 in Business, Conferences, Current Affairs, Development, Enterprise, Networking, Security | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Friday, July 09, 2010

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #367 | 2010-07-09 | Amazon's Improving Cloud of Computing

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Today's podcast is a couple of tech tidbits that examine recent news from Amazon S3 with regards to:

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This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

July 9, 2010 in Business, Development, Enterprise, FriendsInTech.com, Media, Networking, Podcast, Security, Storage, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thursday, July 08, 2010

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #366 | 2010-07-08 | Web & Wireless Security

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Today's podcast covers two quick pointers to some information security related news.

First up, Dan Goodin based out of San Francisco recently wrote an interesting article entitled "Google tutorial lets developers play malicious hacker" for the UK's The Register

And our second item is from Bruce Schneier's CRYPTO-GRAM newsletter for May 15, 2010 with a reference to a Network World article entitled "WIFI cracking kits being built in China.".

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This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

July 8, 2010 in Development, FriendsInTech.com, Mobile, Networking, Podcast, Security | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #365 | 2010-07-07 | Flash Via JavaScript In HTML5

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Today's podcast takes a look at an open source project called Gordon from Tobias Schneider (@tobeytailor) that enables Adobe Flash to run in an HTML5 browser using JavaScript.  Additional links mentioned in this podcast include:

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This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

July 7, 2010 in Development, FriendsInTech.com, Open Source, Podcast, Security, Technology, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Twitter Updates - Google, Amazon, Windows, Chrome, TweetDeck, iPad

The following is a summary of tweets posted to TechNewsRadio@Twitter over the last week:

  • This WEEK in GOOGLE42 bit.ly/9SYkfL Check out: Ribbit, Android Kindle app, Google Reader Play, Diaspora, Google Wave open to all
  • Per @LeviathanChrons the podcast novel "Leviathan Chronicles" has a big update on 5/26 http://bit.ly/8ZzfDq
  • Amazon has announced a Asia Pacific Region AWS datacenter in Singapore (EC2 S3 SimpleDB RDS SNS CloudWatch Cloudfront) http://bit.ly/9NMCNc
  • TechPodcast.com Roundtable is today - Sat. May 22nd at 1pm PT / 4pm ET - Stitcher Radio, Green Screen HowTo, 5 Top Windows Utilities
  • standardizing all my computers with Google Chrome as the default browser - it seems to be faster, more reliable, etc than Firefox
  • TweetDeck 0.3.4.1 seems like a nice upgrade: more meaningful icons, location, scheduled updates, translations, etc
  • OpenOffice.org is looking for proposals their 10th year conference in Budapest, Hungary from 08/31- 09/03/2010 http://bit.ly/b6d6cQ
  • Checking out Apple's "iPad : The Missing Manual—New from O'Reilly" - new book $25 - http://oreil.ly/90aNZO
  • Mark/Space has announced Android Calendar Sync Version 1.4 Beta bit.ly/aDLSrX
  • The new Apple OS X Snow Leopard Security Guide is now available online http://bit.ly/9Rm19H via PDF http://bit.ly/cSanMT
  • Slysoft.com has released AnyDVD6.6.4.2 with support for Avatar, more encryption updates & other fixes http://bit.ly/c0tub1
  • Willow Garage has a new open-source initiative for institutions and universities to build upon a robot platform bit.ly/9muTgs
  • OpenBook Specification for ePub (xhtml, css, etc) - some tools: Calibre & Adobe InDesign http://bit.ly/bGryk8
  • Just installed the new VMWARE 3.1 for Mac -- reports about Bootcamp VMs being faster seem true - more info: http://bit.ly/vmware31
  • PhatWare has announced WritePad for iPad - an advanced handwriting recognition software http://bit.ly/aSuNXT
  • Checking out Tweekdeck v0.34.2 (upgrade from v0.34.1) --- I wonder what is new?
  • Checking out PersonalBrain 5.5 (visual information management) for Mac, Windows, Linux http://bit.ly/bpWZ7Y [free 30 day demo]
  • AppleCentral.com is now the new "centralized" home for MacTech, Now Software, MacNews, MacsimumNews, MacMinute, etc
  • Manager Tools Effective Manager Conference at Denver Marriott City Center has been announced for June 7, 2010 http://bit.ly/akUuI3
  • SitePoint's newest book "Create Stunning HTML Email That Just Works!" looks like a good HTML intro: http://bit.ly/cs7ZCk
  • How to Upgrade Your MacBook's Hard Drive bit.ly/benw4m -- Is a good reference!
  • Anyone interest in an Apple iPad meetup in San Diego, CA - Wednesday, June 9, 2010 http://bit.ly/985fSY

May 30, 2010 in Apple, Books, Collaboration, Conferences, Development, Enterprise, FriendsInTech.com, Gadget, Linux, Macintosh, Media, Microsoft, Mobile, Networking, Open Source, Podcast, Reference, Security, Storage, Technology, Twitter, Weblogs, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Twitter Updates - Evernote, SimpleDB, Beatweek, Dynamism, Python, Etc

The following is a summary of tweets posted to TechNewsRadio@Twitter over the last week:

  • checking out an old reference from my Evernote library - Digital Home Recording Tips, Part 1 - O'Reilly Media [bit.ly/cRgYOm]
  • For all you database guru's out there - Amazon SimpleDB now supports "consistent reads and conditional puts & deletes" [bit.ly/d2gHGk]
  • How to get Windows updates in an ISO image so you can burn them to DVD for systems not connected to the Internet [bit.ly/9JUsMS]
  • if you do internet based research & data analysis then you might want to check out Context Discovery
  • There is now a video library of content for igniteshow.com that is scheduled for March 1-5, 2010 across 60 locations on 6 continents
  • Checking out the new Beatweek (formerly iProng - music, new media, podcasting, mobile gear) fan page on http://www.facebook.com/beatweek
  • Opus.com has announced iMacros for Chrome - automates common tasks such as posting feedback, checking visitor statistics & downloading info
  • Dynamism.com has the new viliv S10 tablet computer with 10.1” HD LCD, multitouch swivel screen, Intel Atom CPU, 10 hour battery, optional 3G
  • the other "Steve Holden" is offering an online course Python 1: Beginning Python ($199) 
  • SlySoft.com has announced the AnyDVD (HD) 6.6.2.3 Update - this is a great Windows DVD copy/backup program that works well with Handbrake
  • Mark Minasi has shared some great Microsoft Active Directory tips related to ADSIEdit & LDAP 
  • VIZIO’s XVT Series HDTVs now come with integrated & upgradeable Internet Apps (Demand, Flickr, Netflix, Rhapsody, VUDU & Yahoo TV Widgets)
  • Oracle recently released VirtualBox 3.1.4 with improved stability & bug fixes.
  • OpenOffice.org Conference (OOoCon) will be from 08/31-09/03/2010 in Budapest, Hungary

February 28, 2010 in Development, Gadget, Linux, Networking, Open Source, Podcast, Technology, Twitter, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #362 | 091215 | Parallel Development, RFID, Ubuntu & Conference Pointers

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This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

Today's TechNewsRadio.com podcast examines the following topics:

Links mentioned in this podcast includes:

We also play a promo for FriendInTech.com's Christmas Special that is expected to be release on Monday, December 21, 2009.

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This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

December 15, 2009 in Business, Conferences, Development, Enterprise, Gadget, Linux, Open Source, Podcast, Security, Technology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #361 | 091201 | Server Laptop, GlassFish, Security Tools, & Conference Pointers

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This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

Today's TechNewsRadio.com podcast examines the following: a high-end server laptop called the "EUROCOM D900F Panther" from Eurocom; Sun's GlassFish Portfolio; and some recommended computer network security tools to check out.

The computer network security tools mentioned in this podcast included:
The podcast also contained pointers to the following conferences:
Additional links and references mentioned:

The craft beer recommendation for this show is Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA.

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This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

December 1, 2009 in Books, Collaboration, Conferences, Development, Enterprise, FriendsInTech.com, Mobile, Networking, Open Source, Podcast, Security, Technology, Windows | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

TECH NEWS RADIO PODCAST #360 | 091124 | Windows 7 Books, Network Programming, Screencast Tips, & Conference Pointers

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This podcast is sponsored by SCOTTEVEST and Amazon.

Today's TechNewsRadio.com podcast examines: Windows 7 book recommendations, network programming toolkits from Catalyst, and screencast tips (PDF)  via Tech Smith

In addition the following conferences are highlighted:
Other links mentioned in this podcast includes:

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November 24, 2009 in Books, Conferences, Development, FriendsInTech.com, Microsoft, Podcast, Tablet PC, Technology, Tips, Windows | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Twitter Updates - Audio, Windows, CMS, Virtualization, Streaming, Database

Over the last week the following were posted to TechNewsRadio @ Twitter.com:

November 1, 2009 in Collaboration, Conferences, Development, Macintosh, Media, Microsoft, Mobile, Networking, Portal, Storage, Technology, Twitter, Windows | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack