Blogging for the Record

The “Haven’t Missed a Day Yet this Year” record. Feels good to type that. But also, thats my way of saying, “this will be a weak daily blog update not the proper full page refresh”. Guys please wish for me an assistant.

Today was action packed. Fridays are always stupid busy with 2 newspaper deadlines (news = A new Auto Alliance for Cyber Security), then I was the surprise guest at the Nissan Annual Employee Meeting, my Targa team and I.

That’s the most people I ever spoke in front of (300-ish, said a couple of lines about loving competing, and that a stock Micra performed surprisingly amazing, hope you guys feel proud you built a great car.)

Then a last team dinner, and I’ve finally arrived home, to 25lbs of newly hemmed curtains in my lobby!, plus a couple Corona, so that’s tonight’s agenda and that’s me complete for this mega week, TTY Monday, enjoy the warm weather and sun!

The Nissan Micra Cup Race officially kicked off at today’s meeting, introducing Canada’s best-priced racing series, the Micra Cup.

Tell ya about it in another post, short answer why I like it is: all entry cars are the same, therefore the playing field and game is evened out.

Hi Nissan guys, nice to meet you today, took your photo! :) I blogged every day from Targa, here’s my adventure: #TeamNissanMicra

Reunited for a second ahhh; gave it a loving pat.

Snuck away for some silent time as always.

This post came from my new coffee table, on a rug, on a clean floor, guys seriously GUYS. Operation winterize-a-cottage-into-a-house is thisclose to being done.

Blog tag = New House



Sign & Help to Improve Automotive Security

A group of security professionals have formed “The Cavalry“: dedicated to improving collaboration between the cyber security and automotive industries.

Because what if things like adaptive cruise control, electronic braking and stolen vehicle recovery technology could be used nefariously? What if all Toyotas in Canada were instructed to go left next Tuesday at 1pm? Like that.

Specifically, they’re proposing a Five Star Automotive Cyber Safety Program:

1 – Safety by Design
2 – Third-Party Collaboration
3 – Evidence Capture
4 – Security Updates
5 – Segmentation & Isolation

Why I signed: 

Sign it too, here.

Non-security nerds: I know this stuff can seem shadowy and strange, with a name like “The Cavalry” and a blank profile pic, but in this particular case it’s okay, I know one of the guys in real life; I signed with my real name, not Blog.



Join an Industry with a 100% Employment Rate

Online security.

There’s 1 day left of SecTor, Canada’s premiere security conference.

That blog title is not dramatic, it’s like 98%. Makes sense, look how fast we adopted the internet of everything, that’s currently pretty vulnerable and held together with popsicle sticks, a nightmare is coming, one day you’ll tell your grandchildren of a time when people’s password was password, tada! You have a job for life.

I went straight for the car hacking stuff.

What to do while there

Check out the Keynote while eating lunch, and making friends.

Sit in on a talk, which looks like this.

That’s Christopher Pogue of Nuix, talking about cybercrime and forensics. He made a good point: if the 3rd parties and vendors connecting to your network aren’t secure, neither are you.

Or if you feel shy, go to the lock picking village and grab a seat; I find people into locking picking are generally welcoming and fun.

Take the requisite conference-bathroom-selfie.

Don’t be shy to ask questions! And don’t let the nature of the information put you off, it’s a friendly crowd.

Too bad you missed the annual party, though. Finally after 1,000 emails got meet Sabrina, who runs communications & media, and edited my article about the car hacking keynote by Chris Valasek.

Whom I also met IRL, read that piece here.

Tickets and location information here, and whomever’s running their Twitter is funny @SecTorCa #SecTorCA

One day I’d like to give a talk, maybe another year of quiet study first.

I have 3 possible topics, but they’re not yet strong enough to type here.

Blog tag = SecTor