Friday, August 5, 2011

First Nugget

BlackHat is occurring right now; it's a convention for hackers and security folks--yes we talk to each other get over it! Anyway the big joke is apparently that there is no such thing as cyber security. That's right it doesn't exist.

I have a joke I'm fond of telling to describe cyber security; you may have already heard it.

It goes like this:

Two guys are hiking in the woods and one notices that his buddy has a pair of running shoes instead of boots.

He says to his friend; "What's with the tennis shoes; you'd be more comfortable in boots."

His friend replies; "Yeah, but what if we see a bear that decides to attack us?"

The first guy starts laughing and says; "Man, you can't outrun a bear!"

His friend says; "I know, I just have to outrun you!"

So the point is this.

If they want you they'll get you!

If you're specifically the target you've got trouble.

If you are only a target of opportunity though, you need to make it as difficult as possible because you've got a chance. There are so many cyber-users we are like the gazelles on the plain in Africa. There are lots of us and it's always the weak/slow gazelles that get eaten; just like the slower hiker. LOL!

So are you a weak/slow gazelle?

This is a pretty good article that says effectively the same thing:

Stay tuned in and I'll offer you some tricks and tips to be a strong fast gazelle and therefore less appetizing to the predators.

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