Lessons learnt from a severe security incident

After a week of ISO 27001 auditing in the UK and a busy week aftewards, I finally managed to get some time to read my favourite blogs. I was doing so, when I read an interesting post in the Internet Storm Center that analyses some lessons learnt from a severe incident affecting The Planet, a well known hosting provider.

Being a BSi instructor for the BS 25999 courses on Business Continuity, I find these kind of real-life examples very instructive for being used at class, although I try to to get students to talk about their own experiences as much as possible.

So have a look at The Planet outage – what can we all learn from it? and let me know your thoughts.

In the following weeks I’ll be creating a new section of my blog where I will put together a list of Business Continuity resources (among others) I can share with my students at class. So stay tuned!

Unix Command-Line Kung Fu

I was discussing with a friend a few weeks ago how challenging is to teach folks that come in from the exclusive Windows-world on advanced Unix topics. Yes, I mean the kind of user that ends up rebooting a Unix box after changing a conf file instead of just restarting the appropriate services 🙂 .

I’m sure those, both Unix beginners and their managers, will appreciate the following presentation I came across a few weeks ago: “Unix Command-Line Kung Fu“. It’s author, Hal Pomeranz, presented it at SANS 2008 Orlando as part of the @Night talk conferences.

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Just passed my GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA) exam!

GCIAYes! I’m just writing my first post from the Apple Store at Regent Street (London) to let you know that I’ve just passed my SANS GCIA exam. Indeed, I know it could have been better (scored 89%) and that I scored even more on my first GIAC exam (GCFA -Forensics Analyst- that I took on 2007), but hey, analysing large network dumps is not that easy. Anyway, another nice acronym to add to my signature 😉

By the way, I thought there was no better place to start my new blog than right from where I am. If you keep reading my blog (thanks for that) you will see there are many things I enjoy. One of those is traveling, and London is one of my favourites places, and other one is technology, specially anything related to Information Security. And yes, that includes Macs! In fact I’m currently typing in one of the new iMacs, and you know how difficult is to find a free one, if you have ever been here.

Well, let’s keep this post short for now. I’m heading to the airport to catch my flight back home. I’ll be posting here soon, so stay tuned.