game of threats


We’re at RSA again today and it’s not just vendor hype or doomsday fear mongering...Winter is coming. Metaphorically speaking, of course. We’ve been having some fun at RSA with Game of Thrones (yes, that is the Iron Throne in the North Hall of the Moscone Center), but one of the messages that keeps coming through is one that security professionals have been talking about for some time now: Winter is coming. Unfortunately, like the pleas for help and dire warnings that come from the Wall to the seven kingdoms of Westeros, the... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Apr 22, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Ultimately brought down by his own nobility, Eddard Stark could have done the realms a lot more good with a smart security strategy instead of holding on to the Old Ways. This past weekend, I had a Ned Stark moment. No, I wasn't betrayed by scheming southern lords and I didn't promise my daughter to a cruel prince. Instead, I killed one of my chickens. It was a rooster who had become too aggressive and was attacking our lambs (farming is a hobby that borders on an obsession for me - it's a nice break from staring at a computer... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Apr 21, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
If you caught Episode 2 of the new GoT season, you know that Arya Stark is back in all her glory. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil the second episode of the new Game of Thrones season. You may have already watched it when it was leaked a week ago or you’re getting ready for RSA and have it DVR’d. Regardless, all you need to know is that Arya Stark makes a few appearances and she rocks out loud. I try not to get too attached to any characters in A Song of Ice And Fire since George R. R. Martin has a penchant for killing them... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Apr 20, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Game of Thrones was already the most pirated TV show of 2014. 2015 isn’t shaping up much better - but there’s a bigger security story here. Game of Thrones has its share of pirates, illicit traders, and thieves. They make their way across the Narrow Sea and elsewhere with temerity throughout the series. But the show, unlike the books, has a different sort of piracy problem. And a problem with leaks worse than a Braavosi cog. Season 4 of Game of Thrones was reportedly the most pirated television show of 2014 and one of the show’s... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Apr 15, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Are we losing the fight against malware and the hackers who are making every day a zero day? ***** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ***** Few authors are as skilled as GRRM when it comes to killing off important characters. Clearly, that oft-uttered phrase from the eastern continent, “valar morghulis”, is not just an empty bit of High Valyrian for the Game of Thrones author. For the two or three of you out there who haven’t heard of fierce tween, Arya Stark, utter the phrase valar morghulis, it literally translates to “All... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Apr 10, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
We had to run with the analogy. Because, well, it's a wall. Made of ice. “I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men.” Sends chills, right? The Oath of the Night’s Watch (the version from the book, of course). It’s right up there with “One Ring to rule them all...and in the darkness bind them”. But you knew we couldn’t leave... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Apr 03, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
When some people look at a map of Westeros they see a land of war, intrigue, and magic. We see a network security schematic. Seriously. Yes, Season 5 of Game of Thrones is almost here. And yes, we’re at least as excited as you are. Will Stannis Baratheon actually take the North? What new adventures will Arya find when she gets to Braavos? What will be the fallout from Tywin Lannister’s death? Can HBO add even more gratuitous sex and violence that wasn’t in the books? Probably not...the books aren’t exactly up for Caldecott... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Apr 01, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends