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Using Technology to Defend Digital Privacy & Human Rights – Presentation Notes

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If you attended my talk “Using Technology to Defend Digital Privacy & Human Rights”, thank you! Here’s a list of supplemental material discussed during the presentation as well as where you can find out additional information about the topics covered. I’m happy to answer any questions that you might have via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Targeted attacks in Egypt

Mexico and targeted Spyware

UAE – Mansoor Discussion

Information about Pegasus Spyware

Russia Banning the Use of VPNs

China’s Great Firewall blocking VPN apps and Skype

Mass Surveillance in the United States

Educating yourself on Social Engineering and Phishing (social-engineer.org is a great resource)

How Signal’s Censorship Circumvention Works

More information about Tor and to download Tor Browser

How to use Pluggable Transports to bypass censorship in Tor

TAILS USB and Virtual Machine

Whonix Virtual Machine

My Recommended VPN Provider

My Recommended Secure Email Provider

Good list of “burner” mobile phones

Mobile Security Guide for Activists and Journalists

Mobile Device Security

EFFs (Electronic Frontier Foundation) – Surveillance Self-Defense Portal

If you missed this Jolt I’ll be presenting this talk again at other venues in the near future. Be sure to follow me on social media for upcoming dates.

Free Webinar July 12th: Android vs. Apple iOS Security Showdown

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It’s not too late to register for my webinar on July 12th: Android vs. Apple iOS Security Showdown.  I’ll be taking a entertaining look at the current security posture of both platforms. I’ll be battling the Apple App Store vs. Google Play, device updates, MDMs, developer controls, security features and the current slew of vulnerabilities for both platforms.  Which one will emerge the victor? Register for my webinar on July 12th to find out!

Are We Reaching Security Conference Overload?

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I saw a post from my friend Matt Neely on Twitter about how CarolinaCon and BSidesROC are on the same weekend this year. I’ve also had conversations with others earlier this week about DerbyCon (September 28-30) and GrrCon (September 27-28) being back to back as well. This is a trend that seems to be increasing every year based on the large pool of conferences out there. Not only do we have more security and hacking conferences then ever before but now there is more overlap with each other. My thought is that these choices can make it harder for researchers to present new and relevant content and also tough to decide which conferences to attend from a attendee perspective. DerbyCon was an excellent conference but I’ve also heard great things about GrrCon as well. Which conference would a speaker or attendee choose? They are also both located in the central part of the country and near large cities which makes it even more difficult for local folks to choose.

On the other hand because of Security BSides and other smaller conferences over the years more unknown speakers are getting out there. We’re also seeing more great talks and discussions then ever before because of these smaller conferences. This is a good thing for our industry. Many good talks still get rejected from the big conferences like Black Hat and this is where conferences like Security BSides really shine. However, we potentially run the risk of seeing the same speakers, same content and as Matt said we appear to have an “echo chamber problem” at all of these conferences including the big ones. Is anyone else seeing this trend? Does the overlap of multiple security conferences matter to you? Like any trend in technology are we about to bust the “Security Conference Bubble”? I often wonder what the security conference world will look like in a few years if this trend continues.