May 28

Security Catalyst Show – Pop Culture Security (debut): Night at the Museum

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Welcome to the debut of the Pop Culture Security program – a monthly installment of the Security Catalyst Show. Please also welcome James Costello – the man with the idea for this program and my cohost on this effort. This program explores and explains how to use pop culture to communicate security concepts to those around you. We explain by doing, and respond to your challenges.

This podcast is based, to a large extent, on the work James did in preparing for and delivering a peer to peer session at the RSA conference this year. While sitting at Mel’s the morning of his presentation, we enjoyed a conversation about the topic that kept on going, and immediately decided the best way to extend the conversation and build on his efforts was to produce a monthly program.

For our first piece of Pop Culture to use as a reference point to better explain security, we selected Night at the Museum – a comedy with Ben Stiller that is currently (or was) running on Home Box Office (HBO). 

Movie at IMDB (including synopsis): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477347/

Movie Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2459500825/

This movie held many lessons for those responsible for security in addition to providing some excellent examples for us to anchor our points to. We will work to keep the program short, informative and useful – especially if you are interested in building a security awareness training program that works!

To participate in the monthly challenge:

  • call  206-350-8346 and leave us a message with your challenge
  • email popculturesecurity &at& securitycatalyst dot com

 

PS: I recently purchased a snowball microphone in an effort to streamline my audio programs and preserve quality. So far, I am disappointed with the quality of the unit – and feel that my sound is hollow and tinny; as such, I’ll be exploring how to restore the sound quality I appreciate in the coming days. The challenge is capturing sound in a way that works with Skype for many of this interviews, but is still portable. If you have experiences, ideas and suggestions for something functional, portable and reliable – shoot me a note. In the meantime, enjoy the programs. More to come next week, with an “Author Interview.”


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  1. Great idea, Michael!

    Every movie these days has a few good security lessons, whether intentional or not. Even TV series like CSI has some doozies (must be mighty strong voice/data encryption for them to allow all those wireless handsets and PDAs to be flying around inside and outside the CTU HQ…)

    It would be great if we could also figure out an easy way to get licensing for specific clips to use in presentations. I’d love that. But that’s probably very wishful thinking.

    As for the pop security issues in Night at the Museum, always remember the risk that, no matter how small the people are you are deaing with, and how harmless their weapons seem to be, when there are enough of them that want to tie you down to a railroad track, don’t try to face them alone!

  2. Great idea, Michael!

    Every movie these days has a few good security lessons, whether intentional or not. Even TV series like CSI has some doozies (must be mighty strong voice/data encryption for them to allow all those wireless handsets and PDAs to be flying around inside and outside the CTU HQ…)

    It would be great if we could also figure out an easy way to get licensing for specific clips to use in presentations. I’d love that. But that’s probably very wishful thinking.

    As for the pop security issues in Night at the Museum, always remember the risk that, no matter how small the people are you are deaing with, and how harmless their weapons seem to be, when there are enough of them that want to tie you down to a railroad track, don’t try to face them alone!

  3. I was a bit skeptical when I first began listening to this podcast. It sounded like it would be too lite on security for my taste. I ended up really enjoying the podcast. Frequently security professionals get too involved with keeping up on the latest technology, that we forget a simple fact; if the rest of the business is not with us, we are not going to get very far. Great idea and a very interesting podcast. I look forward to the next episode.

  4. I was a bit skeptical when I first began listening to this podcast. It sounded like it would be too lite on security for my taste. I ended up really enjoying the podcast. Frequently security professionals get too involved with keeping up on the latest technology, that we forget a simple fact; if the rest of the business is not with us, we are not going to get very far. Great idea and a very interesting podcast. I look forward to the next episode.

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