Alec Muffett, Security Consultant
Thursday 22 September 2011 – 7:30pm
Venue: Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3QG
Two talks in one! The first, an investigation into the security failures of modern communications from the perspective of adulterous liaisons, and the second, a review of security perspectives which debunk the myths of “Cybersecurity”.
Part 1: Sex, Lies and Instant Messaging
Adultery is one of the oldest of human preoccupations, but the modern world of social networking and instant messaging is ill-suited to discreet and deniable infidelities. In this talk we will describe what can go wrong with your intra-affair communications, how to avoid such mistakes, and what lessons can be learned from them.
Part 2: Thinking clearly about Security, or: Why Cybersecurity is Rubbish
“Cyberspace” is considered by many – in both governments and pundit industries – to be the next great battleground for warfare; this perspective is based upon a 1980s sci-fi metaphor which does not stand up to scrutiny, and thus the entire enterprise of “cybersecurity” is at best ill-explained, and at worst entirely fictitious.
About Alec Muffett
Alec is a blogger, speaker and computer and network security consultant who has been working in that field almost constantly since 1988. More information about Alec can be found at his website http://dropsafe.crypticide.com/.
The meeting is on Thursday 22 September, 7.00 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.
It will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.
Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm.
Meetings are open to non-members and free.