Press Pass: Cloud coverage, the web's seedy underbelly and more
BackBy CertMag Staff
Certification Magazine — Sept. 27
Welcome to the latest installment of Press Pass, where CertMag blows through as many industry press releases, blogs, dispatches, messages in a bottle, etc., as we can fit in one post. We've got the highlights and you can click thru straight to the horse's mouth for more information.
Tugging on Superman's cape: Or maybe that should read spitting in the eye of the Big Bad Wolf. It depends — where do you stand on the NSA these days? First it was Edward Snowden, and now everybody's doing it. Tugging on the NSA's cape, that is, or at least looking askance at the "Closed on Account of Congressional Diddling" sign on the agency's front door. The latest to pile on is mobile data encryption provider Silent Circle. Diverging from the industry norm, Silent Circle has publicly vowed not to use encryption algorithms provided by the (presumably NSA-friendly) U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Just say no to corruptible government benchmarks.
Stamp of approval: Lest you suppose that the entire industry is at odds with Uncle Sam, however, the information security wonks at (ISC)2 are basking in the warm glow of the endorsement of the Department of Defense. (ISC)2, which issues the starndard-setting Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential, has now been given a DOD thumbs up for its Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) cert. DOD information assurance workers are required to be certified, and CSSLP now satisfies that requirement.
No fear of public speaking: If you break out in a cold sweat just thinking about standing in front of a microphone, then feel free to skip right over this next item of news. Open source software solutions megalith Red Hat will be holding its 10th annual Red Hat Summit in San Francisco April 14-17, and the agenda of public presentations could feature ... you. Presentation proposals from tech pros who have something to say are being solicited through Nov. 4
Raindrops are falling on my head: The push for certification providers to expand their cloud coverage continues. IT industry standard bearer CompTIA issued its new Cloud+ credential this week, and other cloud offerings are popping up like dandelions after a spring rain. CompTIA blogger Janet Pinkerton writes that, according to her employer's Fourth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing report, issued earlier this year, 90 percent of companies surveyed say they use some form of cloud computing. So if you're looking for the hot trend in certs, well, grab your umbrella.
Breached in Blighty: When it comes to IT security, it's a jungle out there and there's almost no telling who's safe and who isn't. Now the British Computer Society is fighting back, extending its CESG certification scheme to business organzations across the United Kingdom. BCS officials reports that more than 90 percent of businesses in the United Kingdom experienced a security breach in 2012. The BCS hopes to use its programs to ramp up the number of certified information assurance professionals.
Making a killing in internet sales: You really can find anything on the internet, including illegal guns, drugs and, apparently, hitmen. The bubble around underground trafficking site Silk Road broke wide open earlier this week when FBI officials charged in to shut down all transactions and arrest site founder Ross Ulbricht for solicitation of murder. Whether or not he ends up behind bars, this probably isn't the last we'll hear of Ulbricht. Just wait until the showbiz world catches a whiff of this: Today, criminal prosecution. Tomorrow, a Hollywood movie deal.
Step over here and say that: The search is on to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. Leading the search party: former CEO and sitting Chairman of the Board Bill Gates. The rumblings are that certain deep-pocketed Microsoft investors don't want Gates involved in the search and possibly even don't want him around Microsoft at all. U.K. newspaper The Register says it may be speculation, but it's not wild speculation — tech writer Gavin Clarke argues that it's time for Gates to be given the bum's rush, or at least shown to the door. It's happened before in the IT realm, but as a certain recent movie reminded us, it may not always be the most productive course of action.