Stop Inflight Entertainment in the Interest of Public Safety

I and many of my security professional colleagues are not so sure that it’s safe to fly anymore. I know I cannot, without any level of confidence, say whether inflight onboard networks are secure, or whether they present a clear and present danger to the flying public.   I am saying, let’s take a pause.   In light of the myriad cyber-security …

Is it Time for a New Cyber Threat Metaphor?

CTO Bob Gourley wrote an article at CTOVision.com about a talk Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta gave at the Symantec conference in DC yesterday. As [Sec. Panetta] has done before, he chose to invoke a metaphor in his depiction of the threat. He warned of the potential of potentially devastating cyber attacks… attacks that could take down our nation’s …

HackCon 2014 in Oslo, Norway

I really like hanging with smart people who can teach & edumecate me! 🙂 Oslo allowed me that luxury. Suhail, the organizer of HackCon (@hackcon) and his wife (both on the right of the pix) put together an awesome lineup of security folks – and I actually attended every English talk – and LEARNED! Original thoughts and ideas by some, …

Let’s Get Politically Incorrect!

Ellen Messmer at Network World has written a wonderful article summarizing Winn’s latest rantings at Hacker Halted about the outmoded hiring processes often involved in finding security professionals. Computer geeks are discriminated against under hiring rules and legal niceties that often categorize them as undesirables. “We do not fit …

Bad Hackers Turned Good Get Top Spot

Winn was featured in an article for Bloomberg about the newest development in the hiring process for high-profile companies: “scouring hackathons.” “We need to find a way to allow the most skilled people in the world to land a job, instead of going to work for the mob,” said Winn Schwartau, a security consultant in Nashville, Tennessee, …

10 Bizarre-but-True Ways Your Home is Susceptible to Hackers

John Brandon has written a brilliant article for Fox News about the myriad ways that hackers can get into your home. Winn offered his input for several items on the list of ten. 2. They Can Steal Your Printer Security consultant Winn Schwartau says you need to literally tie down your printer. Now. The expert from The Security Awareness Company says …

Guide to Enterprise Wireless LAN Systems

NetworkWorld put together a handy guide to enterprise wireless LANs for PCWorld, and asked Winn for his input. Security consultant Winn Schwartau likes to tell how his then-12-year-old son used a Windows-based Palm Treo to wirelessly eavesdrop on business executives using laptops or PDAs on an airport or other public Wi-Fi net. He routinely collected …

Lying to Hackers is OK By Me

“All warfare is based on deception.” – Sun Tzu “In war (conflict), truth is so precious, it must be protected by a bodyguard of lies.” – Winston Churchill “Make a noise in the East and attack in the West.” – Anonymous Chinese I believe in lying. Sort of. Let me explain. The bad guys will do anything they can to get you. You know …

Cyber-Christ Meets Lady Luck

DefCon II: Las Vegas – July 22-24, 1994 Las Vegas connotes radically different images to radically different folks. The Rat Pack of Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. elicits up the glistening self-indulgent imagery of Vegas’ neon organized crime in the ’50’s (Ocean’s Eleven displayed only minor hacking skills.) Then …