DtR Security Newscast: Patching XP, Security of Open Source, Target’s CEO, and Fingerprints – Security Catalyst

DtR Security Newscast: Patching XP, Security of Open Source, Target’s CEO, and Fingerprints

Listen to the latest episode of the Down the Rabbithole (DtR) Security Newscast with Raf Los (@Wh1t3Rabbit)  and James Jardine (@JardineSoftware). We record the DtR Newscast every other Monday to engage in spirited discussion about security topics in the news. More than a run-down of the news, it’s our unfiltered (but safe for work) discussion of top stories. We usually inject some passion and and some divergent thinking to fuel your week.

This week, we covered:

  • Did Microsoft blow it by patching XP after officially ending support? We discuss the pros and cons of a no-win situation. What would you have done?
  • Is Open Source Software more or less secure than commercial software? We discuss. We also share some evidence. What do you think?
  • While prepping for the show, the resignation of Target’s CEO was announced. Was it due to security? Hardly. We explore deeper. And then I wrote this: http://www.csoonline.com/article/2150858/security-leadership/do-you-really-think-the-ceos-resignation-from-target-was-due-to-security.html –> This was shared with us by listeners; we respond and take feedback into the planning of the show!
  • Biometrics is a hot topic. Lately, everyone *loves* the idea of fingerprint readers. Did you know that fingerprints aren’t necessarily unique? We explore the implications of fingerprints and what it could mean for security. We asked a lot of questions –> how many can you answer?

Take a listen and let me/us know how we did on the segues this episode:

Consider this the invitation for discussion. Keep it going here, on Twitter (I’m @catalyst) or the different “neighborhoods” in which I hangout (check out the bar on the upper right). If you have a topic you want us to discuss on the next DtR Security Newscast, drop us a line.

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Michael Santarcangelo
 

The founder of Security Catalyst, Michael develops exceptional leaders and powerful communicators with the security mindset for success.