Teaching Security Certifications in New Mexico

Glenn at work

I’ve been trying for some seven years to get the University of New Mexico to let me start offering hard-core cyber-security (i.e. hacking) certification courses, without even a whiff of success until recently. The Marketing Department and Custom Training division surveyed our captive audience, which is pretty sizable: Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Labs, …

[ IT Jobs ]

My students know I keep an IT Jobs mailing list, but I don’t generally advertise the fact. Frankly, you’re only getting on it if I know you personally, though since I’ve been managing the Hacker Highschool version 2 update that circle’s getting large. This morning I sent the group some thoughts I share here. *** …

Hacker Highschool : Lesson 5, System Identification, is out

After some pretty serious downtime while I healed some broken bones, we’ve gotten Hacker Highschool v.2 rolling again with the release of Lesson 5 v.2, System Identification at http://www.hackerhighschool.org/lessons.html. We’re releasing lessons out of order as we can squeeze them through the review process, so some of the higher-number lessons are already out. Fact checking, …

“Hello, I’m a VxWorks device. Would you like to own me?”

There’s a server lurking on your home network if you’ve got an Internet-connected box like, say, a Sony Bluray player: A recent report describes a critical and widespread vulnerability in electronics running VxWorks, an embedded real-time operating system (RTOS). Examples of affected devices include DSL concentrators, SCADA industrial automation systems, D-Link video conferencing systems, fibre …

Domestic. Surveillance. Technology. Built into DHS drones.

Doesn’t that just fill you with caution? Homeland Security’s specifications say drones must be able to detect whether a civilian is armed. Also specified: “signals interception” and “direction finding” for electronic surveillance.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57572207-38/dhs-built-domestic-surveillance-tech-into-predator-drones/ ————–

Video Discusses How Schools Don’t Teach Coding, Neglects To Mention Bad Industry Relations That Are The Reason Why

Yes, it’s true most American schools don’t teach coding. That’s because the software industry has waged a war against American workers. And our kids aren’t so stupid they haven’t noticed. But check out the pleas from the likes of Bill Gates, and remember that Microsoft actively works to shut out American applicants (see http://www.gnorman.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=742:how-american-companies-lie-about-the-availability-of-tech-workers-so-they-can-bring-in-non-american-workers&catid=43&Itemid=389). See …