2011: the year in security

2011: the year in security

Summary: Stuxnet, cloud computing and advanced persistent threats (APTs) got the media coverage, but our experts focus on different security highlights.

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Stuxnet, cloud computing and advanced persistent threats (APTs) got the media coverage, but our experts focus on different security highlights.

This week's Patch Monday podcast is the first of two episodes looking back at 2011 with a panel of guests. Today, it's information security; next week, it's IT and internet issues in general.

This week's panellists are:

  • Chris Gatford, director of penetration testing firm HackLabs
  • Paul Ducklin, Sophos' head of technology for Asia Pacific
  • Stephen Wilson, managing director of Lockstep Group, who provides advice and analysis on digital identity and privacy technologies
  • Jon Callas, chief technology officer at Entrust

They hose down the importance of the Stuxnet worm that was deployed against Iran, are critical of the hacker group LulzSec, and despair the fact that we continue to make elementary security mistakes.

They discuss, amongst many other things, the wisdom of planning to enable the authentication of banking transactions through a user's Facebook account.

And on the privacy side, they also discuss emerging threats like the face recognition technology deployed by Facebook and now Google, and Australia's plan to develop online personal health records.

Looking ahead, the key security issues of 2012 will include the emerging risk of embedded systems in consumer appliances and the rise of mobile malware.

Patch Monday also includes my usual look at some of last week's news headlines.

To leave an audio comment on the program, Skype to stilgherrian or phone (02) 8011 3733.

Running time: 48 minutes, 55 seconds

Topics: Security, Malware

About

Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust.

He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.

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