The latest episode of Security Now shows how much changes and how much stays the same.
One reason why Steve Gibson is so well respected in the IT/IS security field is the depth of his experience, something cannot be replaced or ignored. A constant over the past 8 years.
Then we have security products and our need for them. One such is encryption. PGP is an excellent choice which I have been using for what seems like an age. Over 20 years old and in my opinion PGP still has a good position in most peoples Security Toolkit.
My favourite tool within PGP is from Symantec. Using their tools you can create self-extracting archives. Obviously these are symmetric encryptions (they use passwords rather than public/private keys) but they are still darn good and mean you can distribute to persons who cannot get / run PGP easily.
Of course another thing that is a constant is the Privacy Vs Security argument. In The States this is a huge issue; here in The UK – less so. Long discussions on the use of anti-terror laws by UK officials last week (the detainment of David Miranda, 18/Aug/2013) on Security Now (an American show, though with wide outreach) shows how seriously the US take such actions. But here in the UK it hardly registered, perhaps most people thinking that the “press” were look at their own interests. Perhaps the press, rather than government, are seen as those to be “watched”? We in the UK have some history of trust more to our Government. But perhaps this is changing…
Have a listen to Steve & Leo’s first podcast of their 9th year on Security Now.
Highly recommended weekly listening.