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Tales From The Submarine

So What? Why Smart Systems Are Not Selling.

Why are we still hearing people on stage huff and puff about "smart systems", and why aren’t people actually selling “smart” systems? The reason, I would posit, is reaction time.
Ian Schmertzler
Ian Schmertzler
22 October, 20192 min read
I Write Like I Talk

The Mystical Engineering Roadmap

The processes used to create engineering roadmaps are different for companies at different sizes, so allow me to give you a basic rundown of the different moving parts and some strategies
Chris DiLorenzo
Chris DiLorenzo
15 October, 20194 min read
Ben Is Helpful

Of CFATS and Protecting Chemicals of Interest

The purpose of this series is to pick a subset of the “Critical Asset” class of facilities/devices and to dig in on the attached regulatory framework(s) with a direct focus on the elements of the framework related to cybersecurity.
Benjamin Burke
Benjamin Burke
08 October, 20195 min read
The Joys Of Running A Company

How do you tell if a conference is worth attending?

Conference vendors abound. Running a startup, you'll get plenty of offers from a variety of people plying their trade, promising leads and glory. How do you tell if any of them are actually legitimate and worth your money?
Ethan Schmertzler
Ethan Schmertzler
01 October, 20195 min read
Tales From The Submarine

Seeing The Flowers As Well As The Bull: What is Thought Leadership?

Why do companies pay tens of thousands of dollars to talk on stages at conferences? What you are seeing, when you sit in those sad auditoriums that smell of overcooked chicken and underbrewed coffee, is an arms race in Thought Leadership.
Ian Schmertzler
Ian Schmertzler
24 September, 20191 min read
I Write Like I Talk

Jack Dorsey SIM Swapped

When I woke up this morning, I did not expect to have a hot take opinion on Twitters CEO Jack Dorsey being SIM swapped, allowing the attacker(s) to send several tweets from his account using the text to tweet service. But here we are, apparently.
Chris DiLorenzo
Chris DiLorenzo
04 September, 20195 min read
Ben Is Helpful

Forcing RDP to use TLS Encryption

Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is widely used by system administrators trying to provide remote operators access. In a shocking oversight this connection does not use strong encryption by default. This post will walk through the steps required to force TLS encryption on all RDP connections.
Benjamin Burke
Benjamin Burke
26 August, 20194 min read
Tales From The Submarine

It is Convenience, Stupid

When you have spent nearly 40 million dollars building a system to solve a network security problem, I guarantee you will find it jarring when you start seeing it purchased for a usability feature you listed as 8th or 9th on the spec sheet.
Ian Schmertzler
Ian Schmertzler
21 August, 20193 min read
The Joys Of Running A Company

Gartner Security and Risk 2018: Is Cyber Resiliency Going Mainstream?

The Gartner Risk conference was the first commercial conference of the more than dozen I have attended this year where resiliency was a core focus, from the opening keynote onwards.
Ethan Schmertzler
Ethan Schmertzler
17 April, 20194 min read
The Joys Of Running A Company

7 Ways to Keep Hackers From Destroying Your Startup

In all fairness, startups have a lot on their plates. From raising capital to product development to marketing and public relations to just plain keeping sane, startups are typically very busy places.
Ethan Schmertzler
Ethan Schmertzler
17 April, 20195 min read
The Joys Of Running A Company

What the new NIST 800-160 Vol 2 means; Moving Target Defense for the world

Moving target defense (MTD) has gained more and more prominence in the cyber defense realm in the last few years, and for good reason: it works. In very simple terms, MTD is the act of constantly moving your system so it becomes harder to target.
Ethan Schmertzler
Ethan Schmertzler
17 April, 20192 min read