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The Waiting

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It was a pretty shitty day to wake up to hearing about the insane tragedy at Mandalay Bay, now the “worst shooting in American history,” as if we’re constantly seeing if we can outdo the last worst shooting.

And now singer Tom Petty is reported to have been found in his Malibu home in full cardiac arrest, and TMZ reporting he’s got no brain activity and that “a decision was made to pull life support.”

Thanks, first Monday in October.

Like so many other celebrities so many of us Gen Xers have lost in the last few years, Petty was an icon, and dare I say it, another voice of our generation.

You had to be heartless not to dig his music, and his soul. Onstage, he was as cool performing as the songs so many of us grew up hearing on the radio.

As for the tragedy at Mandalay Bay, I, like so many of my IBM colleagues, have spent countless hours roaming in and around the hotel and convention center there, and the greater neighborhood.

To think some nutjob went up to the 32nd floor and started opening fire with automatic weapons on an outdoor three-day country music festival — well, on the one hand, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, but on the other, it hits as close to home as to any of these mass shootings as I can think of.

For good or bad, Las Vegas has morphed into the best and worst of what America has to offer. Last night, based on all the accounts I’ve read, that reality was once again revealed in the best and worst humanity had on offer.

The worst in the shooter’s automatic fire, and the best in all the people helping one another as they attempted to escape his line of fire.

I’ll leave you with the wise words of Tom Petty, from “The Waiting”:

Oh don’t let it kill you baby, don’t let it get to you
Don’t let it kill you baby, don’t let it get to you
I’ll be your bleedin’ heart, I’ll be your cryin’ fool
Don’t let this go too far

Tom, thanks for all the great songs and for the epic performances — you will be greatly missed…as will the once seemingly decadent innocence of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Written by turbotodd

October 2, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Posted in 2017, las vegas, tom petty

IBM X-Force’s New Services for Automotive and IoT

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The Black Hat 2017 security conference kicks off this week in Viva Las Vegas, Nevada (actually, the happening unofficially started over the weekend).

So it’s no surprise that IBM Security earlier today announced the launch of two new security testing practice areas focused on automotive security and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The new services will be delivered via an elite team of IBM X-Force Red researchers focused on testing backend processes, apps and physical hardware used to control access and management of smart systems.

The new IoT services will be delivered alongside the Watson IoT Platform to provide security services by design to organizations developing IoT solutions for all industries. The Watson IoT Platform provides configuration and management of IoT environments, and the IBM X-Force Red services bring an added layer of security and penetration testing.

IBM X-Force Red marked its first-year anniversary with the addition of security specialists such as Cris Thomas (aka Space Rogue) and Dustin Heywood (aka Evil_Mog with Team Hashcat), who add to the team’s impressive roster of talent globally. To further optimize their engagements, IBM X-Force Red has also built a password cracker called “Cracken” designed to help clients improve password hygiene.

IBM X-Force Red at Black Hat 2017 and DEF CON 2017

Charles Henderson, Global Head of IBM X-Force Red, will present his discussion of real-life penetration testing, “Better Than Mr. Robot at Black Hat USA 2017. The session will be held in Business Hall Theater B, Mandalay Bay on Thursday, July 27 from 11:00-11:50 a.m. PT.

Chris Thompson, Red Team Ops Lead, IBM X-Force Red, will present his demonstration of advanced Red Team tactics, “MS Just Gave the Blue Team Tactical Nukes (and How Red Teams Need to Adapt)” at DEF CON 25. The demo will be held in the 101 Track on Saturday, July 30 from 3:00-3:45 p.m. PT.

X-Force Red and other IBM Security experts will demonstrate the latest offerings at Booth #616, Level 1 Business Hall, Mandalay Bay on July 26 & 27.

You can learn more about IBM Security solutions here.

Written by turbotodd

July 24, 2017 at 11:17 am

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