Things I Learned Last Week: 12/19/2010 – 12/26/2010

by kriggins on December 27, 2010


Welcome to the weekly post where I take the opportunity to expound on just about anything. Never fear, there is always a dedicated Infosec portion for those that don't care about anything else 🙂

Here are a few links if you'd like to skip to a particular part of the post.

Infosec Stuffs
Non-Infosec Stuffs


"Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners."
~Robert T. Kiyosaki

Last week we talked about courage. We didn't say that courage meant we were not afraid, we said that courage is doing something in spite of fear.

But what if something bad failure?

There are two ways to look at failure. The first is to say we can't do it. Admit to ourselves we got beat, tuck our tail between our legs, and slink off, hoping that nobody saw us go down in flames.

In other words, BE A LOSER!

Ouch. That was harsh.

Let's try the second way. Let's look at our failures as inspirations. Let's take our failures, learn from them, and then try often as necessary, until we succeed.

In other words, BE A WINNER!

Infosec Stuffs

Cost of a Security Breach

One of my friends, Javvad, pointed this out last week. It is a very nice infographic on the cost of a security breach. While the data and numbers are UK specific, I think it gives a picture that all of us should be aware of.

Cost of a Security Breach

Sysadmin Mantras

You may be a sysadmin or you may not be. However, anybody involved in security will benefit from giving these a read. They apply as well to any security effort as they do to system administration.

Sysadmin Mantras

Your 2011 Infosec Marketing Plan: FUD?

Dave is speaking a bit tongue in cheek here, but you really do need to sell your efforts to make your organization more secure. 'Just because' is not going to get it done.

Your 2011 Infosec Marketing Plan: FUD?

Tips for Submitting and Security Conference Proposal

Have you decided it's time to start your speaking career? Have you already been submitting, but haven't gotten accepted yet? Either way, you should give Lenny's tips a read.

Tips for Submitting and Security Conference Proposal

Non-Infosec Stuffs

This week for the non-infosec stuff, we have a couple of completely unrelated topics.


First is a site that will help you be a better writer. It's a site called CopyEditing:because language matters. There are a number of resources there for you to use, both paid and free. I particularly like the blog that has free tips. Check it out.

Net Nuetrality

The other bit I have for you is a graphical representation of what a non-open internet could mean. For more information on Net Neutrality, see this link. After reading that, check out this graphic for a bit clearer idea of what it could mean 🙂


Last week I received a nice note from a reader who expressed appreciation for the blog. That meant the world to me. One of those every once in awhile is plenty of fuel to keep blogging.

I am not bringing this up to ask for more of such from you, although that would be nice 🙂

I bring it up so that I can urge you to drop one or more of your favorite bloggers a quick note or comment of appreciation. They spend a good bit of time providing us with food for the mind or with things that tickle our fancy. A simple note of thanks really makes a difference.

That's it for this week. I hope you found something that piqued your interest.

As always, comments welcome below or you can email me at if you prefer.


XRAE is a web based search engine (from the company 'Rolling Solutions') that allows the BGA/Broker to answer a list of underwriting questions that are then matched against the supported carriers’ underwriting rules  to determine the “best case” underwriting classification for multiple carriers. It also allows BGA’s to submit and track ‘quick quote’ request to the carriers that include all of the required questions answered and helps carrier evaluate the simple ones quickly.

The site also offers Metric reports that can provide the carrier with information about competitiveness of underwriting requirements, types of quotes submitted, etc.

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Jason Rahm December 28, 2010 at 10:15 am

I like the internet open, I don’t like the idea that keeping the internet open requires government intervention. Smells bad.


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