Dave Shaw has gone back to the US. It was great to see him again - he's an amazing man. The house is quiet now that he is gone. Now back to work!
Saturday, May 17, 2003
Friday, May 16, 2003
This has been a fun week! Dave has been teaching other MCTs about about Security, under the guise of the MOC course 2810 (and 2830, and 2800). Dave Shaw (brought in from the US at great expense), has made it a fascinating week.
Security is, as we all know, as much about people and process as about technology. So many questions about security are answered by the simple 'what ever our agreed Policy says' - it saves so much arguing later on. Dave illustrated this very well.
The best thing was passing the CompTIA Security+ exam last night. It was not cheap £166) to take the exam, but I was pleased to have passed. The exam was straightforward, although some questions were lousy (IMHO). I'd have been given a hard time by my work colleagues had I failed, so passing was even better! The exam requires a lot of rote memorisation (what post is XXX service on) as well as the Security+ nomenclature. See my security web site more more help.
Tonight, we took Dave to a local restaurant tonight. Manzanos, in Cookham Rise. What a meal! My asparagras was perfectly cooked, and the steak was very good and his attempt at a Bernaise sauce was amazing - turns out he had no tarragon, so he improvised!. The flan con nata was out of this world. I will regret it when I test my blood next but wow! Dave's Paella (or however you spell it) looked fantastic. We tasted the squid (calamari) and it was incredibly tender. Apparently the secret of calamari is to soak them in milk for 6 hours before cooking. Learn something every day!
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
We discovered a cool software toy in Dave Shaw's class this week. It's called Cain and you can download it from OXID (www.oxid.it).
It's a scanner/hacking tool/security tool. Very interesting. It's got a sniffer, ARP-spoofer, plus some interesting tools for hacking (spoofing DNS), etc. It's a toy that will be fun to play with more. And great for demonstrating in class.
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
The broad band connection does not currently work - when it does, it's charged at 50p per minute (around US$ 0.75/min). The saving grace about the broad band, however, is that there's a maximum £15/day charge. FIFTEEN POUNDS A DAY? What does the hotel think - we're made of money? The worst thing about the hotel was the breakfast experience. A nice enough buffet (although I can't eat much of what was there) but the service was appalling - a long queue to get seated, then I had to nearly beg for coffee.
The experiment of the Thistle has been interesting, but I think the Holiday Inn has nothing much to be afraid of.
Monday, May 12, 2003
I have a Cisco access point, and a couple of wireless cards. I've been meaning to get it installed at home. My main motiviation was to enable me to use my laptop in the front room, be able to surf, and not to have a 10baseT cable strung across the floor. Looking at the manual, it all looked far too hard, so it got put on the tuit pile (that list of things I'll do when I get a round tuit).
Well yesterday, I got around to trying it - man is it easy. I just plugged it in, powered it up and it worked. No configuration - it just worked. Of course, there's no security, and anyone with a wireless device passing the front of the house could make use of it, but it is easy. The security aspects, however, are somewhat scary!
It seems like everyone is setting up a blog - so I thought I'd do it too. I'm not too sure what real use I'll make of this blog, but it seems a cool idea. I'm currently using blogger.com to host this blog. It's free (to me) and has no ads.
I'm taking a security trainer preparation class this week - learning about security. The more I learn the scarder I get! The class is being run by