Scanning External Drives on Connection

Over on Symantec Connect (the Symantec support forum), I frequently see people ask about the ability to automatically scan a removable drive when it is connected to a system.   They also submit it as an “idea”.   The Idea section is where you can make product suggestions that users can discuss and vote up or down. I …

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Glass Houses, SANS and Bit.ly

SANS has a blog post relating an anecdote about malicious links on a Facebook wall.   The author said “As for Bitly – I would use extreme caution with any links identified as source bitlyDOTcom.”   I laughed because the SANS handlers are typically against links.   They want you to browse with Firefox and NoScript.   Always use a …

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Flash 10.3.181.34

SANS posted a one-liner today reporting that Flash 10.3.181.34  was available for download from Adobe.   This wasn’t entirely unexpected because Google released a new version of Chrome on June 30th which contained a new version of Flash.   Adobe seems to be releasing new Flash versions to the rest of us a couple days after Chrome.   Adobe …

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GSE Multiple Choice Exam

I passed the first part of the GSE today.  The GIAC Security Expert (GSE) consists of  a  multiple choice exam, this is what I passed today, and a two-day lab.  The certification bulletin for the exam portion of the GSE is a bit light.   I’m not sure that page is actually linked anywhere.   It is missing the number …

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Passed the GSEC

I passed the GSEC (GIAC Security Essentials Certification) this morning.   It is a multiple choice format test with 180 questions.  I had been considering taking Security Essentials at SANS CDI in Washington DC.   On the one hand, at this point in my career shouldn’t I be able to pass this certification without the conference.   On the …

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Step Back I’m Certified – GCIA

Today I passed the GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA).  The blog title refers to a Dilbert strip that I keep on the wall with my certifications.   As I recall Certification Man says to Dilbert “Step back from that server, I’m certified!”  In the next panel he says, “funny, that’s all I recall from the certification …

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