Monday, August 31, 2020

Episode #16 - Fried Brains Anyone?

Shit, we’re late posting this one! Imagine three guys all pointing fingers at each other. That’s sort of it… No, not really. 

This is the Shit Show for crying out loud!


Anyway, here’s Chris’ episode 16 LinkedIn post…

This evening on the Security Shit Show we’re going to open the Pandora’s box labeled 5G and see what’s what with the technology, implementations, countries involved AND all the conspiracy theories surrounding it.

With the ever-guiding lights provided by Evan Francen, Ryan Cloutier, CISSP and Rachel Arnold we’ll see what we can come up with to dispel the rumors of brain frying, Covid-19 inducing, plant and bird killing technology.

We’ll address some of the actual challenges WITH 5G, thanks to some great conversations the other week with Paul Ferrillo and Dr. Rob Spalding, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret)

We might even go down the rabbit hole of Body Area Networks, and how we can induce communication within the body… and NO that’s not a 5G thing, but it’s a reality we’re working on…

I’m sure our colleagues in China will come up in conversation given the bun fight between the US and that area of the world… we WILL address the technology giant that IS the Far East and what we can (or can’t) do about it.

Grab a drink and join us this evening for an engaging conversation about how we’re screwed and should accept the simple fact technology’s won and we’re merely prawns in the digital age (or is it pawns?)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

SHHHHH They are listening

Think you're having a private conversation, think again your TV, toaster, thermostat, smart speakers and phones are all listening to you all the time. You're most embarrassing and mundane moments are being listened to by quality control agents all around the globe.


Cyber criminals are combing through your chat logs, so they can craft the perfect phishing attack. Smart cameras and webcams are allowing predators access to your home and children. 

Nation states are listening so they can learn how best to sway your thinking and manipulate you.


Why does this matter to you, 3rd party companies are monetizing your personal information and nation-states are weaponizing it against you and your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.


Business are having confidential conversations around these spying devices potentially allowing trade secrets and sensitive information to leak.


We are sharing sensitive medical information with our doctors via iPads, laptops and smartphones, are you sure that the only person who knows about your embarrassing social disease is your doctor? 


Have you ever looked at the chat log to see what has been heard by these devices?


Do you know you can prevent this, that you can control how much of your life you expose to these in-home spying devices?
Tune in for a lively and honest discussion about who is listening and what you can do, to do to limit or prevent your most private conversations from becoming public. Thursday night at 10pm central 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Episode 14 Follow-up - The Slides & Such

Thank you to everyone who tuned in for this past Thursday's (8/13) show! The title of the show was "Shut Up Brain! I'm Fine." It was an episode filled with real talk about a deep topic, mental health.

If you missed any of it, the episode blog post is here and the recorded show is here.

There were (at least) two follow-up items from the show:

  1. The slide deck. We had numerous people ask us for a copy. Ask and you shall receive! Download it here.
  2. The invitation to take the Mental Health First Aid class with us. During the show, Evan promised to pay for the first ten (10) people who were willing to take the class. We didn't expect people to take us up on the offer so quick, but the ten spaces are already filled. Don't let this stop you though! It's only $80 to take the class and it's 100% worth the money. We highly encourage you to check it out here.

We hope you enjoy our show. It's a place where people can discuss tough topics and challenges facing our information security industry with fear of being disrespected.

See you next week! It's Ryan's topic...

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Episode #14 - Shut Up Brain! I'm Fine.

 Really? Who’s got all their shit together all the time? Simple. Nobody does.

NOTE: Mental health is a topic that hits home with all three of us on the Shit Show, so this is gonna get personal.

Let’s get real. Mental health is a real and significant issue. We convince ourselves of the lie, nobody cares and you’re alone. This is bullshit. People do care and you are NOT alone! Some facts:

  • 19.1% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2018 (47.6 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults.
  • 4.6% of U.S. adults experienced serious mental illness in 2018 (11.4 million people). This represents 1 in 25 adults.
  • 16.5% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 experienced a mental health disorder in 2016 (7.7 million people)
  • 3.7% of U.S. adults experienced a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness in 2018 (9.2 million people)

It’s not a race or sexual-preference thing. The annual prevalence of mental illness among U.S. adults, by demographic group:

  • Non-Hispanic Asian: 14.7%
  • Non-Hispanic white: 20.4%
  • Non-Hispanic black or African-American: 16.2%
  • Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native: 22.1%
  • Non-Hispanic mixed/multiracial: 26.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 16.9%
  • Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual: 37.4%:

It’s a fucking human thing! Sadly, too many of us believe the lie and don’t get help. We must fight the stigma and make help more accessible to those who need it.

  • 11.3% of U.S. adults with mental illness had no insurance coverage in 2018
  • 13.4% of U.S. adults with serious mental illness had no insurance coverage in 2018
  • 60% of U.S. counties do not have a single practicing psychiatrist.

It’s OK to talk about mental health issues openly and it’s OK to face our mental challenges head on. It’s NOT OK to keep this shit under wraps and it’s NOT OK to face your mental challenges alone. The ultimate end for some who are suffering is suicide.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 in the U.S.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 31% since 2001
  • 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition
  • 90% of people who die by suicide had shown symptoms of a mental health condition, according to interviews with family, friends and medical professionals (also known as psychological autopsy)
  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth
  • 75% of people who die by suicide are male
  • Transgender adults are nearly 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population
  • Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic group:
    • 4.3% of all adults
    • 11.0% of young adults aged 18-25
    • 17.2% of high school students
    • 47.7% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students

Sadly, these numbers are likely worse now. All these statistics are pre-2020, pre-COVID, pre-riots, etc. Take these facts, sprinkle in the stress of working in our (information security) industry (marginalized, understaffed, misunderstood, etc.), and we have a potential recipe for disaster, at least for some of us.

This might not be an uplifting topic to discuss on the Shit Show, but it’s one we won’t back down from. We give a shit about people and we give a shit about you, so we’ll openly discuss all this tonight!

Be sure to tune in tonight (8/13) at 10pm CDT (2200 for those who prefer the 24hr clock) for our live show. If you can't catch us live, go watch the recording afterwards.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Episode #13 - What if I Told You?

Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries….

Until recently, if I wanted to insult you I HAD to do it to your face, or from the parapet of the nearest castle and hope that you didn’t punch my lights out OR lay siege to my domain.


These days, anyone with a phone, computer or Internet access can quickly become an armchair critic, troll or anonymous heckler in the digital crowd.

To the point where it moves from annoying TO personal and threatening etc.

And, as a society, as an industry and as humans we’re ill prepared to deal with this issue. It’s NOT going away, and it affects many of us, so what DO we do about it?

Alas, our topic for Episode 13, LIVE on Thursday night (8/6) @ 10pm EDT!

Episode #71 You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here. Who do the f*** do you think you're talking to? Oh, yeah? Ok.

Every time I encounter an ego in our industry, I immediately think they are channeling their inner Robert Denerio. Or when I run into a vend...