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Conference Question

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I also have an utterance. Less of an utterance and more of an incantation. Less of an incantation and more of a malediction. Less of a malediction and more of a Word of Power. Less of a Word of Power and more of an Unforgivable Curse.
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alt_text_bot
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I also have an utterance. Less of an utterance and more of an incantation. Less of an incantation and more of a malediction. Less of a malediction and more of a Word of Power. Less of a Word of Power and more of an Unforgivable Curse.
Covarr
65 days ago
When the alt text is more excruciating that the cruciatus curse

Inbox

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Rome's declaration of war against Carthage was sent from a no-reply address, so Hannibal had to cross the Alps to deliver his "UNSUBSCRIBE" response in person.
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tedder
71 days ago
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Merlin Mann is having a stroke right now, ya?
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Spreadsheets

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My brother once asked me if there was a function to produce a calendar grid from a list of dates in Google Sheets. I replied with a single-cell formula that took in a list of dates and outputted a calendar. It used SEQUENCE(), REGEXMATCH(), and a double-nested ARRAYFORMULA(), and it locked up the browser for 15 seconds every time it ran. I think he learned a lot about asking me things.
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tedder
71 days ago
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Raise your hand if you've implemented a website that was originally managed by an MBA with a sheet like this.
Uranus
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farktronix
86 days ago
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This is my life right now.
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
skorgu
89 days ago
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The global financial system is, to a first approximation, innumerable spreadsheets communicating via bids and asks.

Don't ask how many of them use VBA.
DexX
90 days ago
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The alt text is WONDERFUL.
Melbourne, Australia
denubis
90 days ago
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This is getting pasted into so many slacks I'm in...
Sydney, Australia
Brstrk
90 days ago
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Oooooh, query(). The forbidden fruit. Seriously, it's the best thing.
DuskStar
90 days ago
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Once again, the alt-text bots have died.

"My brother once asked me if there was a function to produce a calendar grid from a list of dates in Google Sheets. I replied with a single-cell formula that took in a list of dates and outputted a calendar. It used SEQUENCE(), REGEXMATCH(), and a double-nested ARRAYFORMULA(), and it locked up the browser for 15 seconds every time it ran. I think he learned a lot about asking me things."
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Stack

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Gotta feel kind of bad for nation-state hackers who spend years implanting and cultivating some hardware exploit, only to discover the entire target database is already exposed to anyone with a web browser.
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alexanglin
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tante
123 days ago
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The modern tech stack
Berlin/Germany
jepler
123 days ago
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#toomuchtruth
Earth, Sol system, Western spiral arm
alt_text_bot
123 days ago
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Gotta feel kind of bad for nation-state hackers who spend years implanting and cultivating some hardware exploit, only to discover the entire target database is already exposed to anyone with a web browser.

Millennials

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Ironically, I've been having these same arguments for at least a decade now. I thought we would have moved on by now, but somehow the snide complaints about millennials continue.
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alexanglin
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chrisamico
125 days ago
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I'm a millennial and just turned 38.
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hobbified
124 days ago
No you're not.
JEFFnSoCal
124 days ago
Anyone born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 23 to 38 in 2019) is considered a Millennial, and anyone born from 1997 onward is part of a new generation, generally called Gen Z
hobbified
120 days ago
1981 is at least 7 years too early. If you have ever done these things, you are probably not a millenial: 1) Called your friend using the number you found in the phone book, and talked to their parents to ask if they were home; 2) Used a card catalog; 3) Correctly capitalized and punctuated a sentence; 4) Acquired a marketable skill.
JEFFnSoCal
120 days ago
Those dates are the official ones. It's considered to be anyone reaching adulthood in the early parts of the century. I mean, you can certainly disagree but I'm going to want to see your sources. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennials
fancycwabs
125 days ago
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I thought millennials weren't having kids, let alone sending them to college.
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rraszews
125 days ago
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Possibly it's time to just give up and let "millennial" mean "kids these days" and come up with a different name for the generation that came of age at the turn of the millennium, since that is how 70% of people and 100% of angry thinkpieces about Kids these Days use it anyway.
Columbia, MD
duerig
125 days ago
But 'kids these days' just lacks that scientistic gleam that makes the rant seem knowing rather than dumb. I was thinking recently that nobody talks about Generation X any more. I don't see any think pieces talking about how 40-50 year olds are cynical slackers even though it was self-evidently true when they were 'kids these days'.
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Ironically, I've been having these same arguments for at least a decade now. I thought we would have moved on by now, but somehow the snide complaints about millennials continue.

Highlights from Verizon DBIR 2019

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Here is my traditional “reading the DBIR aloud” post. Read the entire thing, BTW, and not only my favorites below:

  • 56% of breaches took months or longer to discover” <- we need to start this on a depressing note, otherwise, how can we be card-carrying security professionals? 🙂
  • “Errors were causal events in 21% of breaches” <- perhaps mundane, but it reminds us that in many cases (great example), the attacker does not have to work all that much because somebody left the door open…
  • In fact, “… the presence of insiders is most often in the form of errors” (so, nope, still nobody cares … except perhaps this: “healthcare stands out due to the majority of breaches being associated with internal actors.”)
  • “At most, six percent of breaches in our data set this year involved exploiting vulnerabilities.” [What did they involve then? Glad you asked! But, hey, you already know the answer – “phishing and stolen credentials”…]
  • ”Malware delivery method: email – 94%” [Anybody here thinks email security is solved, eh? Is anything solved in security?]
  • “breaches with compromised payment cards [hi PCI DSS!] are becoming increasingly about web servers” [personally, I blame DevOps for this nice bit of depressing backwards security movement :-)]
  • In fact, things are more fun on the web: “The web application compromises are no longer attacks against data at rest. Code is being injected to capture customer data as they enter it into web forms.” [So, stop whining about PCI DSS, will you? This scenario has been well-covered by QSAs for years, its just that some clients didn’t want to hear it and relied on “but we don’t store cards” excuse …]
  • “It is important to acknowledge that there will always be [vulnerability] findings. The key is to prioritize the important ones and have a plan for the remaining actionable vulnerabilities; and to be able to defend acceptance of unaddressed findings.” [this is literally the entire art and science of vulnerability management in one pithy line. Kudos to authors!]

There you have it!

P.S. This year the report is again very readable and fun, better than last year’s for sure.Thanks Alex? 🙂

Past blog posts about DBIR:

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