From the Editor

Finally!

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“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”

~ Isaiah 31:18 ~

 

I burnt up my tea kettle.  I could have ordered a replacement, and maybe should have, but I have wanted to buy one in person.  I have been boiling water, for tea, in a sauce pan.  Yes, I understand having a tea kettle is a bit of a luxury; but I do have tea every day.

This morning I told Kate I miss being able to just go buy a tea kettle.  But replacing a tea kettle or anything else for that matter, has taken on a life of its own, and it is not nice.

Everything we do has taken on a “life of its own”; and so often it is just not nice and certainly not easy.  How much do you really need/want that tea kettle, or anything else?  What are you willing to do to meet that need?  How much are you willing to pay; and I do not just mean monetarily?

On April 1, I am finally getting my first vaccine.  I really cannot wait.  I have no idea, which one I will be getting; but I am looking forward to counting down the days to freedom, at least some freedom.

I wish it were not on the first, but that was the first available date; my Father died on April 1.

As you know, I have watched some of the videos sent to me, and read the material forwarded by some of you who think the vaccine is unsafe.

But the truth is that I am tired of living in fear and being controlled by this pandemic.  I do know this is not a cure all; and me being vaccinated does not mean all is well in the world.  But it is a start to making things better in my world.

I am so ready for things to be better.  I know I have kept a “journal” of sorts, on these pages, since the beginning of this pandemic, and so I felt that I should let you know that I do see light at the end of this tunnel; I am getting vaccinated.

Yes, I have had those moments of doubt, more so when the vaccines were first ready; but I did not doubt that I would be vaccinated, when I could.

My older sister, has already had both of her vaccines, as she works in health care; and I have been comforted by the fact that all went well.  A lot of my friends have also had both of their shots, and only one has faced a fever and discomfort.

Still, I do understand people feeling concerned about the unknown.  But I am really missing my life!

I do miss being able to come and go, but mostly I miss living without fear.  What I have said since the beginning of this pandemic is that the unknowns are what is most upsetting.  We have not had a clear understanding of who this virus will impact and how; I know a lot of my friends have survived this virus, and I am most grateful for that fact.  I also know a lot of you have suffered tremendous loss, because of the virus, from losing people you love to being impacted mentally, emotionally, and financially.  It has been a long “year”.

I am in no way suggesting anyone should or should not be vaccinated; but I am looking forward to seeing people I love, and not starting a ridiculous count down, to fourteen days.  I just want to know that we are all okay again, or at least as okay as we can be.  That is all for now.

Poet’s Corner

Do You Remember

 

 

Do you remember the day we met?

Everything seemed so ordinary,

I could not have imagined what that encounter would mean.

It was your earrings which drew me to you.

They did not match.

I figured it was with intent;

But was not sufficiently sophisticated to know that was the look on the Continent.

Can you imagine, I felt bad for you?

I thought you were going to find it difficult to acclimate and be accepted.

You were different, but so was I.

You were also smart.

Smart mattered.

It still does.

Have the years been good to us?

I am not sure; but I think they have been.

Have our dreams been fully realized,

Or have they just changed?

I know we have had our ups and downs,

and shared moments we might both like to forget.

There have been a few tears shed,

and not everything which we hoped for has been realized.

But I do remember the day we met;

and I am grateful we have been able to share so much of our lives together,

Even when we are apart.

 

~ Cristina Jill Mosqueda ~

Connected

Securing the Internet of Things – IoT

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A popular question for cybersecurity professionals is what keeps us up at night?

In the past, I often have found this to be a scare tactic, but lately I have been very concerned about securing IoT.  Why?

As we retrieve real time data and count on this data as being accurate, it is important to know that the IoT devices are secure and transmitting data that has not been altered.

We are not ready to truly protect the Tsunami of devices that are presently online and transmitting data.  This is what keeps me up at night; but it turns out that it does not have to.

I have a drive, even a mission to change the way we think about cybersecurity.  It is a real shift in a traditional strategy which normally includes events and incidents which are displayed on one console.  These incidents are built upon applications, identity and access manager, and data bases. I believe we need to move to a more agile strategy.

In order to help us address cyber security issues, arising from the wave of IoT devices inundating us with data, we need two capabilities.  First we must have End Point Detection and Response and secondly, Augmented Intelligence, which can provide behavior analytics.  Together these two elements provide a digital footprint to everywhere we travel on the internet.

When I first began working in cyber security, I repeatedly encountered Windows as the transition from IT into OT.  Regardless of the industry, the source of their compromise would be Windows operating system, at level two; which represents the human machine interface into operational technology devices.

The solution we presented, while appearing elegant, would require a staff of highly qualified individuals to run it successfully.  CISO’s wanted to be able to hire someone with minimum technical training who would intuitively be able to run the solution.

Today we have the ability to deliver what the CISO’s were looking for; with two capabilities covering eighty percent of IoT, with only twenty percent of the effort.

How is this possible?  We are can offer advanced attack and insider threat detection to level two, it is very important to understand that the attack pattern by malicious adversaries is consistently the same.

So what do I mean by that?  If you look at the Purdue Enterprise Reference Architecture it shows you that beginning at level four, usually through phishing, which leads to reconnaissance, which leads to compromised accounts and machines, which lead to lateral movement, which leads to privileged escalation, which ultimately leads to a successful attack into critical infrastructure.

Today we can profile our IoT devices just like we can profile malicious adversaries as well as rough devices.

The fact is that for the first time in my career in cyber security, I do not have to be kept up at night.  There is a way for all of us to stay safely Connected.

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~ Phineas T. Barnum ~
 
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