I found this video today featuring Dr Yan Wong from the BBC. Whilst it is very short, the video does provide a nice simple introduction to some of the ideas behind public key cryptography, which secures most of e-commerce on the web. Definitely worth a watch if you don’t want to get into the messy details.
However, if you do want to get into the messy details of public key cryptography, I suggest perusing the Wikipedia article on the subject.
Yesterday I attended Infosecurity Europe 2012 and had a brilliant time. This was my first time going, but it will hopefully be the first of many. During the day I saw quite a few exhibits, talked with (and grilled) a few people about security, and of course grabbed as many freebies as possible.
The highlight of the day for me was meeting Bruce Schneier and getting a signed copy of his new book Liars & Outliers, which I look forward to reading and possibly reviewing on this blog.
I also met up with a couple of people from WhiteHat Security to talk about their business and what new things they were doing in the industry. They were very interested in my blog, and hopefully in the future we may share content, as they are looking to include guest writers on their own blog (which I highly recommend).
Infosecurity Europe is definitely a great place to go if you want to meet up with interesting people and stay on top of advancements in the industry, so be sure to mark it in your diaries for next year!
These are just a few quick updates to explain what I am doing with the blog.
Firstly, regular readers may notice that I have a new blog banner image, which was kindly designed for me by a friend who wishes to remain anonymous for now. I think it looks a lot better than the old styled header, and it makes the template I’m using a bit more unique.
On the other hand, I subscribe to a lot of security feeds and mailing lists, and will occasionally tweet about various things that I come across. So I’ve decided to adapt this habit, and instead of just tweeting about something, I will give it a short write-up on this blog. Sometimes I may just put a link and a short comment, other times I may write a couple of paragraphs. Whatever I do, you’ll still get to read some good content that you may have missed elsewhere on the web. I tried a similar thing back in January and February with “Cryptogasm Quickies”, but instead of doing a single post with multiple items, you’ll get a post per item.
This isn’t to say that I will never write in-depth articles again; on the contrary, I have a few that I am working on, but instead of the blog feeling inactive for days (and sometimes weeks) on end whilst I work on them, I will provide small amounts of content to keep you all up to date with various pieces of security news and views.
Thirdly and finally (and nothing to do with the blog), I am attending the Infosecurity Europe 2012 convention on Wednesday 25th April. If anyone else is going, let me know via twitter and perhaps we can meet up for a drink.