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An all new 24, tonight on FOX

Took me almost a whole 24 hours to get from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Augusta, Georgia by way of Delta airlines and mother nature's intervention.

Thank you to all those nice thunderstorms that kept me from coming home and forcing me to only attach 3 hours of sleep to a 24 hour day.

An all new 24, tonight on FOX

Took me almost a whole 24 hours to get from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Augusta, Georgia by way of Delta airlines and mother nature's intervention.

Thank you to all those nice thunderstorms that kept me from coming home and forcing me to only attach 3 hours of sleep to a 24 hour day.

Flight Delays

The best airline in the world

Here I am, bored, and stuck in Fort Lauderdale. Because of the vast amount of storms between here and Atlanta, there are 4 BILLION people here because apparently all the cruise ships come in on Sundays. Therefore it sucks. Been in this airport for the past 7 hours. Getting old quick.

GIAC Certification by Wayne Fielder

Up front -- I did not write this.. You can find the original by clicking on wayne's link on the right...

BIG NEWS! HUGE NEWS FROM SANS/GIAC!
Posted by pilgrim in InfoSec (Sunday March 13, 2005 at 10:12 pm)
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SANS/GIAC is dropping the practical assignments for their certifications.

I hold two SANS certs, the GSEC and the GCIH. You can click on the buttons on the left hand column to learn about them. For both of these I had to complete a practical assignment which was a paper on a particular topic. Under the PAPERS section on the left column you can find mine. These practicals are what set SANS apart from the rest of the certification world. They required practicals for every certification…not just the more senior certs like Cisco and others do. A SANS Certified professional could be considered a DEMONSTRATED PROFESSIONAL in the security world because of the practical. But no more.

I sent the following letter to SANS regarding the issue:

While I bow to the vision of the SANS/GIAC…

Flight Delays

The best airline in the world

Here I am, bored, and stuck in Fort Lauderdale. Because of the vast amount of storms between here and Atlanta, there are 4 BILLION people here because apparently all the cruise ships come in on Sundays. Therefore it sucks. Been in this airport for the past 7 hours. Getting old quick.

GIAC Certification by Wayne Fielder

Up front -- I did not write this.. You can find the original by clicking on wayne's link on the right...

BIG NEWS! HUGE NEWS FROM SANS/GIAC!
Posted by pilgrim in InfoSec (Sunday March 13, 2005 at 10:12 pm)
Comments 0

SANS/GIAC is dropping the practical assignments for their certifications.

I hold two SANS certs, the GSEC and the GCIH. You can click on the buttons on the left hand column to learn about them. For both of these I had to complete a practical assignment which was a paper on a particular topic. Under the PAPERS section on the left column you can find mine. These practicals are what set SANS apart from the rest of the certification world. They required practicals for every certification…not just the more senior certs like Cisco and others do. A SANS Certified professional could be considered a DEMONSTRATED PROFESSIONAL in the security world because of the practical. But no more.

I sent the following letter to SANS regarding the issue:

While I bow to the vision of the SANS/GIAC…

10 Immutable Laws of Computer Security Administration

Law #1: Nobody believes anything bad can happen to them, until it does

Law #2: Security only works if the secure way also happens to be the easy way

Law #3: If you don't keep up with security fixes, your network won't be yours for long

Law #4: It doesn't do much good to install security fixes on a computer that was never secured to begin with

Law #5: Eternal vigilance is the price of security

Law #6: There really is someone out there trying to guess your passwords

Law #7: The most secure network is a well-administered one

Law #8: The difficulty of defending a network is directly proportional to its complexity

Law #9: Security isn't about risk avoidance; it's about risk management

Law #10: Technology is not a panacea

10 Immutable Laws of Computer Security

Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it's not your computer anymore

Law #2: If a bad guy can alter the operating system on your computer, it's not your computer anymore

Law #3: If a bad guy has unrestricted physical access to your computer, it's not your computer anymore

Law #4: If you allow a bad guy to upload programs to your website, it's not your website any more

Law #5: Weak passwords trump strong security

Law #6: A computer is only as secure as the administrator is trustworthy

Law #7: Encrypted data is only as secure as the decryption key

Law #8: An out of date virus scanner is only marginally better than no virus scanner at all

Law #9: Absolute anonymity isn't practical, in real life or on the Web

Law #10: Technology is not a panacea

CNN.com - Reservation in 'shock' over school shootings - Mar 22, 2005

CNN.com - Reservation in 'shock' over school shootings - Mar 22, 2005

Not sure really how to weigh in on this situation. When I was in high school, we had kids in our school that had guns in the gun racks out in the car. I knew kids that had guns in their lockers. When someone said that, we all freaked out. I mean, I am not an anti-gun advocate. I believe in guns and I believe that guns are important. I don't believe in gun control, but I believe guns should be controlled.

My whole thing is in this situation, is where are the damn parents? Stupid ass parents raising stupid ass kids. I'd like to do a study that would be able to show if parents whouped their kids' asses when they were younger, would they turn into high school killers.

Get this.. The gun came from the grandfather. Who is a retired... Cop. A person who should definately know better. I'm related to several Cops. All of which have their guns locked up. All the time. Stupid ass kids…

10 Immutable Laws of Computer Security Administration

Law #1: Nobody believes anything bad can happen to them, until it does

Law #2: Security only works if the secure way also happens to be the easy way

Law #3: If you don't keep up with security fixes, your network won't be yours for long

Law #4: It doesn't do much good to install security fixes on a computer that was never secured to begin with

Law #5: Eternal vigilance is the price of security

Law #6: There really is someone out there trying to guess your passwords

Law #7: The most secure network is a well-administered one

Law #8: The difficulty of defending a network is directly proportional to its complexity

Law #9: Security isn't about risk avoidance; it's about risk management

Law #10: Technology is not a panacea

10 Immutable Laws of Computer Security

Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it's not your computer anymore

Law #2: If a bad guy can alter the operating system on your computer, it's not your computer anymore

Law #3: If a bad guy has unrestricted physical access to your computer, it's not your computer anymore

Law #4: If you allow a bad guy to upload programs to your website, it's not your website any more

Law #5: Weak passwords trump strong security

Law #6: A computer is only as secure as the administrator is trustworthy

Law #7: Encrypted data is only as secure as the decryption key

Law #8: An out of date virus scanner is only marginally better than no virus scanner at all

Law #9: Absolute anonymity isn't practical, in real life or on the Web

Law #10: Technology is not a panacea

CNN.com - Reservation in 'shock' over school shootings - Mar 22, 2005

CNN.com - Reservation in 'shock' over school shootings - Mar 22, 2005


Not sure really how to weigh in on this situation. When I was in high school, we had kids in our school that had guns in the gun racks out in the car. I knew kids that had guns in their lockers. When someone said that, we all freaked out. I mean, I am not an anti-gun advocate. I believe in guns and I believe that guns are important. I don't believe in gun control, but I believe guns should be controlled.


My whole thing is in this situation, is where are the damn parents? Stupid ass parents raising stupid ass kids. I'd like to do a study that would be able to show if parents whouped their kids' asses when they were younger, would they turn into high school killers.


Get this.. The gun came from the grandfather. Who is a retired... Cop. A person who should definately know better. I'm related to several Cops. All of which have their guns locked up. All the time. Stupid ass kids.

Genius

"Thankfully I came to my senses more than a decade ago. Sure my Mac could crash if someone farted in the same room 10 years ago but Microsoft had a better alternative? Not bloody likely. Every PC I ever saw then ran without a cover as cards would need to be yanked so the half-brain dead OS could get past safe-mode. Is it better today? Sure is but so is every other OS' and many other brands of plastic." -- Unknown

Genius

"Thankfully I came to my senses more than a decade ago. Sure my Mac could crash if someone farted in the same room 10 years ago but Microsoft had a better alternative? Not bloody likely. Every PC I ever saw then ran without a cover as cards would need to be yanked so the half-brain dead OS could get past safe-mode. Is it better today? Sure is but so is every other OS' and many other brands of plastic." -- Unknown