Today marks the beginning of Cyber Security Awareness Month. It is convenient that we observe this in October, because it allows for some really awesome costumes at work on Halloween. My favorite so far was when someone taped a short length of ethernet cable under his nose and said “I’m a network sniffer.” It was a one-minute “oh crap I forgot a costume” deal, but it was awesome enough that it got him a prize. I have a really awesome, if slightly disturbing idea for this year, but I’m going to keep it secret.
Of course, cyber security isn’t just about dressing up in a punny manner. It is actually a very serious topic. I am, by no means, an expert on the matter. Fortunately, no one reads this blog, so I don’t have to try to come up with actual things to say. I will point out a few resources. For example, the Department of Homeland Security. Or perhaps the SANS Internet Storm Center. Or if you’d like to teach yourself on various cyber security topics, check out Purdue’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security. I’ll try to have a few blog posts related to security this month, if I can ever find the time to sit down and write them.