PVCSec Episode 4: Know Your Network!

Dear Friends,

The next episode of the PCVSec podcast, the fourth in a collector’s series, is upon you!

This episode, a Frankenstein’s Monster of an episode, kicks off our series on Getting to Know Your Network, plus:

  • Why #GamerGate ticks Paul off, and it’s for all the right reasons
  • Our first in an occasional yet all-too-common series, Security Theater
  • More acappella vocal styling from our hosts
  • And more!

As usual but more so, this episode is brought to you by Tim’s fine engineering work. Assembled from parts of different recordings due to a variety of mishaps (listen to Paul’s great vocal special effects in the first half), this edition is very much in the spirit of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Gothic novel yet less scary (singing and Paul’s rant aside).

Remember, this isn’t your typical InfoSec podcast. This isn’t your typical management or business podcast either. It is the PVCSec podcast.

Share & Enjoy!

  • Ed’s spreadsheet is here. The notes on how to use it and the commands for Cisco kit are on the third tab in the spreadsheet. The first tab is a sample, and the second is a blank version.
  • You can use the spreadsheet for other vendor’s gear, such as Juniper and HP. You will need to translate the Cisco commands to your platform.
  • Paul & Tim agree that Ed needs to do a video of how to use the spreadsheet. If you agree, tweet it with hashtags #edvid #askpvcsec.
  • As Ed said, make sure you maintain discipline while collecting information. Don’t start analyzing the data while you collect it.
  • Paul’s Security Theater pictures are here and here.
  • The passing of Shon Harris. R.I.P. and Thank You. (My comments on the podcast are poorly worded. I appreciate what Ms. Harris did. That she earned a living from it makes it so much the better, and I am better off for her having done it. – Paul)
  • The passing of Elizabeth Pena. R.I.P. and Thank You, too. She was in La Bamba and The Incredibles and a ton of other movies and shows. She directed TV shows as well. She went too soon.
  • Paul’s rant is about #gamergate. You can read more about it here, here, and here and lots of other places on-line.
  • Beware metaphors! Read How to Eat an Elephant then listen to the last 120 seconds or so of the podcast.

PVCSec Episode 3: Just Update It

The next episode of the PCVSec podcast, the third in a collector’s series, is upon you!

Paul’s and Ed’s travel made getting the podcast posted this week later than normal. We’re working on it.

This episode talks to a variety of topics such as:

  • Following InfoSec (or any) fads may be hazardous to your health
  • Why “Just Update It” (or upgrade it) isn’t a security strategy without context
  • The value of lifecycle management and budget planning, and why you should care
  • Comments and quick hits

Remember, this isn’t your typical InfoSec podcast. This isn’t your typical management or business podcast either. It is the PVCSec podcast.

Share & Enjoy!

Web Site Maintenance 18 Oct 2014 23:00 EDT

Dear Friends,

The hosting provider is performing maintenance on the servers that host this site on Saturday 18 October 2014 at 23:00:00 EDT (Sunday 19 October 2014 at 03:00:00 UTC). They expect the maintenance to last 30-40 minutes. During the maintenance the site will be down.

Please plan accordingly.

Yours Truly,

The Management

PVCSec.com Features

Hi, All!

A few or more new features have been added to the site.

First, we have a mirror for all of the podcasts over at leiturgia.com. Just follow the mirror link  in the posts if for some reason you can’t download the podcast direct from PVCSec.com.

Next, we have some probationary podcast art on its way. We hope to release it as a beta for your comments.

Several WordPress JetPack features have been turned on. For example, you can share PVCSec posts to most of the big social networks.

You can now log in with your WordPress.com account. And you can comment with your WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts.

The mobile viewing experience should improve with some under-the-hood changes.

Some features are coming, such as leveraging CouldFlare’s SSL/TLS for more secure connections to the site and properly working podcast syndication and iTunes subscription options.

We’re also looking at more appealing themes for the site. We want them to be inviting, intuitive, and provide the most information possible.

PVCSec Episode 2: And So It Begins

The next episode of the PCVSec podcast, the second in a collector’s series, is upon you!

This episode, recorded first yet posted second, speaks in rambling terms about what Ed and Paul expect from the podcast and rant on a variety of topics such as:

  • Unsophisticated social engineering attacks rearing their ugly heads again
  • Some things that Ed hates
  • Thoughts on HealthCare.gov and overblowing news stories
  • Ideas to help make your meetings suck less
  • The value of asking “stupid” questions

Since this was the first go at recording and it was done weeks before the second episode, the more polished 4 Pillars of Leadership was released first. This one is the proof of concept. Ed and Paul considered not releasing it but Tim swayed the decision.

Remember, this isn’t your typical InfoSec podcast. This isn’t your typical management or business podcast either. It is the PVCSec podcast.

Share & Enjoy!

PVCSec Episode 1: Four Pillars of Leadership

The inaugural PVCSec podcast is upon you!

This episode, recorded second yet posted first, speaks exclusively about the Four Pillars of Leadership. Ed and Paul talk about the pillars, their experiences, and how this information is valuable to those uninterested in becoming leaders or those looking to follow the right leaders.

Remember, this isn’t your typical InfoSec podcast. This isn’t your typical management or business podcast either. It is the PVCSec podcast.

Share & Enjoy!

Works in Progress

We are hard at work getting the two episodes we have “in the can” ready to share with all of you and record episode 3. Here’s a quick update on these activities.

Our intrepid engineer, Tim, is working on getting PVCSec up on iTunes for all you Apple folks out there.

I’m working on the web site and setting up a podcast RSS feed.

We’re both waiting on the Silver Fox (Ed) to finish the logos. He’s 1/3 of the way there. My art-school daughter is helping out, so I expect great things.

We are looking for music for the show. Ed and I are looking at some resources to which Tim pointed us. We’re also reaching out to friend and family who may be so inclined as to provide us some sweet, sweet tunes for a theme song, closing music, and maybe some interstitial music.

I am also working on show notes. We’ll probably start providing those with EP #3.

Enjoy the podcast, everyone!

Paul

Topic: Upgrade Process as Security Response

Paul and Ed are getting ready to record the next PVCSec podcast. They reckon to talk about the upgrade process as a security response in light of the copious commentary about the Point of Sale (PoS) retail attacks and shellshock.

We at PVCSec are keen to know your thoughts. Tweet comments and questions with the hashtag #pvcsec or email them to comments at pvcsec dot com. You can comment here as well.

So, we had this “Idea” …

… that a podcast would be a fun thing to do. Edgar Rojas and me, Paul Jorgensen, wanted to give it a label, some framework, and an audience. So we decided an Info Sec podcast would be good.

However, we are painfully aware that the world-at-large does not need Yet Another Information Security Podcast (hereafter YAISP). We already have some differentiation:

  • We’re not a corporate podcast
  • We’re not sponsored
  • We’re not advertising

The other big difference is that we want to include leadership in the mix. Both Ed and I are leaders, have presented talks on the subject, and security leadership is sorely lacking in the industry.

Ed and I batted this about over Twitter for a short while when our good friend Tim DeBlock pipped in and offered to record us.

And so it goes. We’re all excited to bring this to you every week (or so). We’re looking to add in music and guests and graphics and your comments in the coming weeks.

Share & Enjoy!

Paul

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