Security Transcends Slogans … or not …

I have just got off the phone with a marketroid.  In the course of our conversation (no, I usually don’t talk to them, but this turned our to be a special case), I was explaining to her about ISC2 and the CISSP.  She was puzzled by an annotation on my file with her company, and it wasn’t making sense in terms of what I did, and what their ERM/CRM system was saying about me.

When she looked at the ISC2 Website, during our conversation, she immediately noted the “Security Transcends Technology” slogan.  I dimly recall the great fanfare when this was introduced about 9 or ten years back: our (marketing department’s) proud statement that we were not mere technologists, but covered the whole realm of security.

Well, apparently that’s not what it says to some people.  The simple existence of the “technology” word in our slogan seems to trigger an immediate pegging of us as mere techies.  All of us CISSPs are just basic firewall admins.  We are not

Back to the marketing board … ?

Biblical epics return!

(Sorry, nothing to do with security in this one.)

Hollywood has rediscovered the Bible as movie source material.  (Probably because it’s in the public domain, and saves costs.)

In production is “Noah,” which stars Russell Crowe as someone mumbling about God telling him to build a boat, and then beating up his neighbours when they make fun of him for it.

Steven Spielberg is supposed to direct “Gods and Kings,” about Moses.  Therefore it will star special effects, and probably have the tagline “I(sraels) C(hildren) Go Home!”

“The Redemption of Cain” is supposed to be Will Smith’s directorial debut, so Cain will probably turn Black and therefore become cool.

“Mary, Mother of Christ,” is being billed as a prequel to “The Passion of the Christ,” so will probably have the most violent Madonna ever.

Fox and Ridley Scott are working on “Exodus,” so it will probably be the most inaccurate Biblical epic ever filmed, and may star alien monsters.

(Just in case you think I’m making all of this up, it’s based on a report in the WSJ.)

Transit of venus safety tip

Many people around the world are hoping for clear skies to view the transit of Venus across the face of the sun, an event which will not occur again for more than a century. [1]

However, public safety officials are concerned that people may endanger their eyes by looking directly at the sun without eye protection.  Not only will they not be able to see any indications of the transit, but this can, of course, burn the retina of the eye, causing permanent damage, and possibly complete blindness.

However, I have confirmed that ordinary sunglasses are sufficient protection, as long as used correctly. [2]

And the great thing is, this works no matter what “Venus transit” webcam you view, and no matter how brightly you have your monitor cranked up.

(In the spring, generally we would have at least some clear skies for viewing.  However, typically Vancouver, it’s pretty much completely overcast here for the entire run of the transit.)

So, thank goodness for NASA

[1] It’s rather interesting that the transits occur in pairs, eight years apart, and then more than a century between the eight year pairs.

[2] I hope I don’t have to point out that this is just a joke, and that staring into the sun with only sunglasses as protection is no protection at all.  If anyone doesn’t get it, at least I have a hundred and five years before I get sued.