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AUSCERT Day Two Highlights

Patrick Gray takes some time out to reflect on day two of AusCERT's annual conference on the Gold Coast.

Patrick Gray takes some time out to reflect on day two of AusCERT's annual conference on the Gold Coast.

Day two of AusCERT's conference on the Gold Coast was a cracker. Old school security legend Bill Cheswick took a spirited and humorous look at passwords in his plenary talk. mp3 The basic premise of his speech is complicated passwords are a really bad idea -- instead we should look at restrictions on repeated logins, for example. Well worth a listen.

There were some other excellent presentations, including one from iDefense's Kimberly Zenz -- she's an expert on cybercrime in Russia.

Her overview of the cybercrime landscape in that country was fascinating. mp3

Database security guru David Litchfield also gave conference delegates a look at his soon-to-be-released forensics tool. Interview mp3.

Peter Gutmann's talk, Things that make us dumb: Why security interfaces lead to insecure actions is a great presentation if you feel like vindicating your users for making bad decisions when it comes to security. (He delivered a similar talk at Kiwicon, which you can hear here... Part 1| Part 2)

This report was typed live from a presentation on Cyberstorm II being delivered by the Attorney General Department's Stephen Stroud on day three... that one will be in tomorrow's highlights!




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