Archive for May 2009

Training the future or is the Gov't starting to young?

An interesting article on Forbes about a new program or competition to get youth more involved in cyber security and bring potential candidates forward and into the eyes of those companies and agencies that can make the most use of their budding potential.

So what could be the problem with it?  In all honesty there are a few I’m sure that will make comparisons to the Nazi youth brigades.  In a way it is.  It’s a government sponsored program to groom kids for possible use in the future, but isn’t that what ROTC is?  I think what will really matter is the mindset that is taken.  If it’s used to find high potential candidates and enhance the governments defenses as well as benefit the candidate in providing knowledge then there is no problem.   I don’t think this program is meant to be a propaganda machine so there are no worries in my mind about that.

What I am concerned about is what happens to the washouts?  To think that other governments will not watch the outcome is niave to say the least.  Our government currently watchs the actions of youths in countries that are known to have malicious intent for the United States.  So why wouldn’t they take an interest in our program?  Say someone has an off day on their test?  Or misses a key piece of information because the screen was scrolling to fast?  But they are the best candidate for the position and they become resentful.  What would happen if they suddenly become malicious to the group that trained them?

That would never happen right?  We know that whenever someone leaves they are always on good terms.  There are military units in the world that when you leave you have to be registered with Interpol or other agencies, but can you legally do that with a minor?  Is a potential cyber terrorist as dangerous as a potential physical terrorist?

On top of all that with the abilities that some of these people will have should there be a psychiatric evaluation done on them?  I work with more than one person who needs that.  Sometimes I think we all do.

Well that’s my rant for the day.  Good potential, but with any governement program it will probably be over-regulated and run my some moron politician who will “know better” then any of the experts.  Then eventially closed down just when it’s starting to amount to anything.

Getting started with Archlinux blogging

Little bit about myself and my linux experience.

I started with Linux in 1999 roughly. I had picked up a second hand Red Hat book, installed it on my system and couldn’t figure out where to go from there. I would poke at it a little until 2002 when I had to use Red Hat(what was setup by someone else) to monitor a specific piece of equipment.

I switched over to slackware for a year or two, then through the recommendation of Scott Robbins I tried Arch. I haven’t looked back since.

I’m an Incident Handler for a Fortune 5 company. Doing mostly forensic analysis of suspected intrusions. I use arch to grep/awk through logs etc.. Everyone that I work with is a) Windows only b) Ubuntu nuts or c) dabbling in both. I do work with one Debian junky and I’m working on getting him converted over to Arch, but he’s resisting. ;)