21st Century Parenting – Challenges and Solutions
Lee Chisholm, Operations manager, NetSafe
This was an obvious choice as a session for me to attend, and it opened with an attention grabbing quote…
â€œThree times as many smart phones every minute are activated than there are babies being bornâ€ – Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson
This quote sets the stage for the overwhelming influx of technologies into our lives and especially the lives of our children. The problem is, parents are being fed these lines time and again to the point where many throw in the towel and give up trying to stay current with what their children are doing.
Even more worrisome than the parents giving up, is the parents abdicating the responsibility of teaching and modelling these skills to schools.Â Schools do not have the resources to do this stuff alone
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Privacy Issues for business in the new digital age
Marie Shroff (Privacy Commissioner)
This session started with a fizz and a whimper, I think based more on the usual audience for the Privacy Commission than the subject matter itself. I did enjoy the comics though 🙂
- Customers are starting to take an ACTUAL interest in their privacy (~80-90% are concerned or ‘very concerned’)
- Media starting to pick up on these stories as the articles drive interest
- Bigger companies are starting to see the moral and ethical necessity to adopt privacy
- Expectation of future tweaking suggestions for privacy act
- â€œValue your CIO as your would your CFOâ€
- Despite the cloud context, people are expecting the same flexibility and control over their data as when it was locally domicilled
The discussion that followed was interesting
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Session Lead by: Brian Calhoun, Independent Consultant and co-chair of NZRise Inc
Â â€œI see a gradual slide toward corporate and government control…by control I mean contentâ€
The session started with a discussion of TOR / BitCoin / BitTorrent â€“ all created specifically to circumvent control systems that were already in existence. The question then posed to the room was:
“How long before our government moves to block/disable these things? […]Â What is your bottom line? How pissed off do you need to get before you take action?”
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Digital Citizenship – Combating Cyber-bullying & Harassment
Stream led by:Â John FenaughtyÂ (NetSafe)
Perhaps the most notable example of standing up against bullying of recent times is that ofÂ 16-year old Australian Casey Haynes story (YouTube â€œFat Kid takes on Bullyâ€) a video that went viral both online and via traditional prime time media.
When asked,Â 33.2% of youth surveyed reported they had experienced some form of cyber-bullyingÂ in the past year andÂ 52.9% of those had found it distressing.
That’sÂ 17.6% of New Zealand youth surveyed having experienced ‘distressing cyber-bullying’ in the past year – it’s an offensive statistic for anyone wishing to better the environment in which we work, entertain and educate ourselves.
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Digital Citizenship – Cybersafety
Stream led by: Martin Cocker (NetSafe) – NetHui Digital Citizenship Forum
Martin started off the session by outlining there things are in New Zealand, as well as providing a context for theÂ terminologyÂ which would follow. In this regard, Digital Citizens were defined as those using technologies to have:
- Greater productivity (via use of technology)
- A better education experience
- Connections with e-government
- The responsibility to â€œBalanceâ€ theÂ digitalÂ society
- Politically, we can vote out non-performers
- Commercially, we can only influence via our adoption and usage of technologies.
- We can’t vote for everyone (politically) but we can influence viaÂ usageÂ and adoption
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You could tell that you’d arrived at the NetHui because every seat anywhere remotely near a power source was occupied by someone hunched over an electronic device, either furiously tapping away at a keyboard or swiping at a screen.
So – the Net Hui is on at Aucklands Sky City Convention Center and, given the line up of people and the subjects being discussed it’s something I decided I need to be at so, startig tomorrow – I am taking 3 days of Annual leave and heading off to the conference as “Rob – Interested Internet User” and certainly not as “Rob – [Employee of Company]“.
Since I first made the decision to attend, I’ve been relieved to learn that at least two of my collegues will be attending in their Â official employee capacity â€“ so I’m sure that we’ll compare notes at some point in the ensuing weeks.
Given the nature of these conferences, I will be trying to take notes as best that I can, but for future readers of these entries (myself included) the NetHui is showing some excellent intentions to make note-takingÂ collaborativeÂ and also release materials from the conference in addition to the live video streaming of the session they are planning on.
For more details on the event â€“ click here, for my notes on each day, follow the links below:
Enjoy, and feel free to comment below, or against the relevant article. I’ll also work on providing links to others coverage of the event from this post.
We are gearing up for a major push of strategic security work and as part of the backgrounding for one of the areas I will be working on, I spent an hour of my day listening to a 2009 presentation by David Rice, author ofÂ “Geekonomics – The Real Cost of Insecure Software”. which I have embedded below. It’s on the long side at around 1 hour, but certainly worth reviewing. If you can spare an eyeball, take the time to watch the presentation as Davids style is engaging and about as far from “Death by Powerpoint” as you can get.
Geekonomics: The Real Cost of Insecure Software from David Rice on Vimeo.
In typical spooky timing, a reminder about the OWASP NZ Day on July the 7th arrived in my inbox right in the middle of me watching the presentation video.
For those with an interest in security, but yet to attend an OWASP event, it’s certainly something I’d recommend (register here)- not only for the opportunity to chat to others in the industry, but for the great line up of speakers. This year, the event will again be held in Auckland and boasts the following topics:
- Secure Development: What The OWASP Guide Didn’t Tell You – Blair Strang, Security-Assessment.com
- I <3 Reporting – Managing Effective Web Application Assessments – Andrew Evans, Kiwibank
- Testing Mobile Applications – Nick von Dadelszen, Lateral Security
- Web Crypto for the Developer Who Has Better Things to Do – Adrian Hayes, Security-Assessment.com
- Concurrency Vulnerabilities – Brett Moore, Insomnia Security
- A Day in the Life of a WAF – Sam Pickles, F5
- HTML5 Security – Mike Haworth & Kirk Jackson, Aura Information
- Security File Uploads are Evil – Kirk Jackson, Aura Information
- Security Sleeping Easy: Architecting Web Applications Securely – Mark Young, Datacom
- Real Applications, Real Vulnerabilities, Really Exploited – Quintin Russ, SiteHost
For the developers, there are two 3 hour training courses also being held inÂ parallelÂ to the conference, but with seating limited to 20 participants per session, I’d suggest registering quickly to reserve your spot.Â More information can be found here.