The Pop Music that is Modern Cybersecurity

My biggest problem with pop music is the same problem I have with modern cybersecurity: the media keeps falling for some hack trying to get five more minutes of fame for something that’s really not worth our time.

Personally, I love good research that shows how a set of well-orchestrated tactics can expose and take advantage of a vulnerability. I like it less when it’s the same research from last year applied to a new thing. I like it even less when that new thing isn’t new, it’s just a thing that happens to be risqué.

Just like new pop songs that sound a whole lot like last year’s pop songs, but now talk about something a little dirtier or reveals some dirt about a popular entity that we all liked. Especially when that song is recursively dishing dirt on the singer themselves. (Seriously, how many songs do we have to get each year about how tough it is to be a pop star?)

It turns out modern cybersecurity has a lot in common with pop stars. For one, it’s too easy to make it big with just a little skill and a lot of confidence because you have software that can do all the work for you. Vulnerability scanners make the auto-tune voices of the security space. And the same self-confidence you need to try to convince the world this vulnerability you discovered may be the end of the Internet as we know it is also the same you need to wear a full-body, raccoon-fur leotard on stage in front of 10,000 people.

Besides that, there’s also a lot of congruity with the bad side: the constant demand, the sleepless nights, and way too much responsibility over things that have nothing to do with your actual job, like (Read more...)

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