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Episode 21: Travel Security, Alexa Goes to College, and Decency on the Internet

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 08/20/2019

Episode 164 - Cyberattacks higher education, Apple's 180, & The End as we know it! show art Episode 164 - Cyberattacks higher education, Apple's 180, & The End as we know it!

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Topic 1:  Ransomware leads to the first casualty in the higher education market as Lincoln College closes permanently due to cyberattack in December 2021. Who was their MSP … and why was there not a plan in place? Ten years ago, a system failure of more than 24 hours could mean the end of your business. Today, with ransomeware on the rise, what are the odds of hundreds of schools, hospitals, businesses etc. going under? As this inevitable threat unfolds, it begs the question: Why haven't we implimented data back ups as the standard?     Topic 2: Let’s not ignore Apple’s...

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Episode 163 - Work from Home Post Pandemic, Declaration for the Future of the Internet, & Big Tech salaries! show art Episode 163 - Work from Home Post Pandemic, Declaration for the Future of the Internet, & Big Tech salaries!

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Topic 1:  Colloquium: What do we think the permanent changes are to “the workplace” after the pandemic. What percentage will go back? Is hybrid permanent forever? Has the concept of office changed forever from a technology perspective? If yes, was this something we should have seen coming and covid just sped it up? What’s next that we might not have seen coming?     Topic 2: Declaration for the Future of the Internet   Splinternet - China and Russia And the actual 3-page declaration:     Topic 3: Big Tech salaries revealed Ryan     -- -- --...

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Episode 162: Musk we talk about Social Media and another Data Breach? show art Episode 162: Musk we talk about Social Media and another Data Breach?

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Topic 1: Should businesses embrace or avoid social media? Can we talk about “social media” without focusing too much on Elon? I think we all love the concept of the Marketplace of Ideas...but the Internet somehow turns that into silos of sewage.  With Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit, the marketplace allows ignorance and stupidity to win. Maybe they even enhance the ability of misinformation to be taken more seriously than knowledge and wisdom.   Topic 2: Data breaches happen then nothing.      Topic 3: The evolving “next normal” of employment. This story will...

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Episode 161 - Hospital Robots, Undersea Cyberattacks, & the Failing DTC Model show art Episode 161 - Hospital Robots, Undersea Cyberattacks, & the Failing DTC Model

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Topic 1: Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat a Wave of Nurse Burnout Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits. https://www.wired.com/story/moxi-hospital-robot-nurse-burnout-health-care/   Topic 2: DHS investigators say they foiled cyberattack on undersea internet cable in Hawaii https://www.cyberscoop.com/undersea-cable-operator-hacked-hawaii/ https://thisishowtheytellmetheworldends.com/ https://www.audible.com/pd/This-Is-How-They-Tell-Me-the-World-Ends-Audiobook/1635577179  ...

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Episode 160 - Changing Language to Avoid Censors, the 9 PM Work Hour, and The Russian Tech Exodus show art Episode 160 - Changing Language to Avoid Censors, the 9 PM Work Hour, and The Russian Tech Exodus

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Topic 1: Changing language to avoid censors   Topic 2: The rise of the 9pm work hour   Topic 3: Russian Tech Migrating by the Thousands Between 50,000 and 70,000 tech workers have already fled Russia, and 70,000 to 100,000 more could leave in April.  With flights to the West canceled, they have wended their way to countries where Russian citizens can still travel visa-free.   -- -- -- Sponsor Memo: Linode   Linode – a top Infrastructure as a Service provider has resources specifically for helping MSPs explore the alternative cloud. Discover this growing market:...

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Episode 159 - New Follow Request from the FBI, Quantum Computing hype, The guac is still extra--Drone burrito delivery show art Episode 159 - New Follow Request from the FBI, Quantum Computing hype, The guac is still extra--Drone burrito delivery

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Topic 1: Without a federal privacy law… what’s our take?   Keeping up with the Joneses (NSA):  Topic 2: Does Quantum Computing really have a hype problem?     Topic 3: Burrito delivery.. Is here. Or there.  Finally! -- -- -- Sponsor Memo: When it comes to delivering cyber security services to your clients, there’s a lot to consider – and even more at stake. Firewalls and antivirus don’t provide enough protection anymore and adding more tools to an already complex tech stack is expensive and difficult to manage. The Field Effect Partner Momentum Program,...

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ETF focuses on ETF focuses on "Return on Character", the shift away from reseller models accelerates, & AI to help troubled kids

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Topic 1: “Return on Character” Exchange Traded Fund focuses on companies run by a character! But, somehow, Tesla and Meta are not part of the index. Perhaps too much character is just too much. Links:   Related article from Harvard on the role of “character” on business success:     Topic 2: The Shift Away from Reseller Models Accelerates … But Are MSPs Ready to Adapt? Not a technology conversation, per se … but a conversation about the business of technology. The shift to recurring revenue, consumption economics, and an ecosystem approach to customer engagement /...

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Episode 157 - The legal right to Episode 157 - The legal right to "switch off", E-drivers license gets the greenlight in Arizona, and Managed Services Market Growth and Trends

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Topic 1: The big switch-off: Workers want a legal right to ignore out of hours emails The majority of employees would support a new law giving them a 'right to disconnect' from workplace communications. Links:  Topic 2: TSA allows Arizonians to use their e-drivers license TSA enables Arizona residents to use mobile driver’s license or state ID for verification at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport | Transportation Security Administration Topic 3: Managed Services Market Growth & Trends Managed Services Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Solution, By Managed...

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Episode 156 - Tech Meets War in Ukraine, Deep Fake Faces, and Hacking North Korea show art Episode 156 - Tech Meets War in Ukraine, Deep Fake Faces, and Hacking North Korea

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Topic 1: Public Databases Stumble into War in Ukraine Early in the Ukraine invasion, Google Maps and Flight Radar 24 found that their data were being used by the Russians to view auto and air traffic inside Ukraine. We've touched on related topics like this for years, so we weren't super surprised. Links:     Topic 2: People  Find Deep Fake Faces More Trustworthy than Real Faces You want beautiful symmetry? Program it! Link:   Topic 3: Hacker Gets Pissed Off and Takes Down North Korean Internet Link:   -- -- -- Sponsor Memo: SafeDNS SafeDNS - the Web filtering...

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Episode 155 - Hackers without Borders, Microsoft lends a hand in Ukraine, and Big Tech--Innovations Big Detriment show art Episode 155 - Hackers without Borders, Microsoft lends a hand in Ukraine, and Big Tech--Innovations Big Detriment

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Topic 1: Hackers without Borders - Welcome to 21st Century Warfare A new humintarian group emerges in the wake of armed conflicts in Ukraine. Hackers without Borders aim to aid victims of war via the cyberworld.  Topic 2:  Microsoft finds itself in the middle of a war in the Ukraine In stopping malware attacks, they find themselves taking sides, and working with our government. Analogies to Detroit carmakers in WWII are natural. https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-finds-foxblade-malware-on-ukrainian-systems-removing-rt-from-windows-app-store/  Topic 3: How Big Technology...

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We report a bit on one aspect of ChannelCon. Both Black Hat and DefCon were in Vegas during ChannelCon. So the question is: Are we any LESS secure with these folks in town? Of course this leads into a discussion of what the three of us do to keep our "devices" secure while we travel.

Somewhat related links:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2019/08/12/how-safe-is-your-wifi-connection/1984961001/

https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/11/20800979/check-point-canon-eos-80d-dslr-malware-ransomware-cybersecurity

All of this discussion can be used to help educate your clients. We recommend that you schedule regular security trainings as a way to engage clients on the "business" level.


Topic 2: University buys Amazon Dots for every student dorm room. Interestingly, this program is not sponsored by Amazon.

The specific device is Alexa for Business & Voice. Once again, this is the march of the advancement of voice at the user interface.

Link:
https://www.cnet.com/features/alexa-time-for-class-how-one-university-put-an-echo-dot-in-every-dorm-room/

Interesting take-away: No one who puts a program like this in place is going to do it themselves. You may or may not make money on devices, but the consulting opportunity is huge.


Topic 3: Decency - Kind of.

Internet companies in the U.S. are not held liable for things posted on their medium if those postings are not controlled by the hosting service. For example: You can't sue Yelp for ratings or comments made by users on Yelp.

Background:
Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is blamed for everything from social-media bias to enabling revenge porn. Angela Chen explains the law that created the modern internet. Is it time to update this law?

The law itself: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/47/230


Not really Topic 4: A funny story about Alexa. Try this with your friends.