Security Minded - from Kai the Security Guy

Some thoughts on security (and other stuff) from a Microsoft security professional

The Security Guy Blog Adds Video!!

The Security Guy Blog Adds Video!!

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This is something that I’ve been attempting to do for quite awhile, but as you can imagine, traveling every week precludes a lot of testing. Now that I’ve got a few weeks to play with this stuff, do expense reports, and remember where my house is….I’m trying to get more and more creative. I think this is a perfect outlet for a former film major (Yes….I spent 2 years as a film major….quickly realizing that the ROTC guy was the one who didn’t blend in well.), so expect to see some pretty unique stuff here as I get past the technical learning curves.

Before I go a single step further in this process, I absolutely need to thank Keith Combs (aka “Mr. Spielberg”) for his tireless efforts in breaking ground and actually documenting the steps for video delivery. Keith….you’ll get the nod during my first Academy nomination.

Video for Security Geeks

Two weeks ago, at TechEd North America 2008, I piloted a new way to deliver sessions…..one without ANY Powerpoints! The feedback was extremely positive. The bad news is, we didn’t advertise it very well. The good news is, the videotaped every one of my 4 sessions and gave me access to the bits!!! So I thought this would be a great time to start learning all the video editing, adding in text overlays, uploading to Silverlight, etc. Eventually you’ll also be able to see all of my sessions up on the TechEd Online website.

Here’s the tricky part: I know no one wants to sit through a 50-minute session on video. The capacity to host a video on our streaming servers is also limited. In order to satisfy both requirements, I’ve taken each of my TechEd video sessions, and chopped it up into easily digestible 15 minute chunks. Easier to sit through, easier to encode for me, and Silverlight won’t throw me nasty error messages. Everyone wins!!

The Security Show: Episode One – Meet The Feds, Part 1

This is the first part of Day 1 that we shot at TechEd 2008. It’s a discussion with FBI Special Agent Allyn Lynd of the Dallas FBI cybercrime squad. (Due to the undercover work he sometimes does, Agent Lynd asked to be shot off camera.) The conversation is extremely interesting and I hope you enjoy our discussion as we talk about cybercrime, what a typical FBI day is like, and some of the risks that exist out there. Later on, Agent Lynd is going to take us through some case studies and explain some of the cool stuff he does.

Future Videos

Please let me know what it is you guys are interested in seeing here. I thought maybe a tour of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, or a chat with some of your peers and how they’re handling the tough security issues? No good director goes into a project without a good treatise or screenplay. You provide the ideas, and I’ll provide the camera and editing work.

Comments
  • Great video, Kai.  Thanks for posting it.

    I wish you had asked Allyn talk about his background and education, explaining how he got to work for the FBI's cybercrime unit.

  • Great question! I've known Allyn for about 4 years now and his background, like mine, is a military one. He also spent his time in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer. I know he holds several industry certifications as well. I'll see if I can't get him to post a comment with more detaield info.

    - Kai

  • The way I ended up in Cybercrime is not all that glamorous ... In 1998, when we formed the Dallas regional squad, the powers that be asked if anyone knew anything more about computers then how to turn the power on.  I raised my hand up and said that I played a lot of computer games and had put together PC's so that I could have a better gaming experience and the rest is history.  

    As an aside, it probably did not hurt that I had bought my first computer as a teen (an Apple II the one which only had an integer math coprocessor - floating point was an add in chip) and that my father sold PDP-11s which I had learned to program so that I could get Hunt the Wumpus working (Byte magazine had lots of great code in the back).  As a West Point cadet, I was also required to learn PASCAL (does anyone even use that anymore?).  

    The reality is that most of my computer education has really come from on the job training, we have an extensive curriculum and all sorts of continuing education aimed at keeping us proficient.  I basically just got lucky by being in the right place at the right time.

    Most of the agents coming in now who work Cyber had extensive backgrounds as Unix Sysadmins at places like Lockheed or Sprint or were Oracle database programmers or Cisco engineers or the like.  Almost all of them have degrees in computer related fields and have all of the industry standard certifications.

    If this kind of work intrigues you, we are always hiring and you should contact your local FBI office and ask to speak with their recruiter.

  • Great video Kai! I have known Allyn for two year's now. He is truely one of the few people that understand complex IT law's.

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