Last week I spent a very enjoyable three days passing along some penetration testing skills to a room full of nice people. Amongst them was a gentleman named Dan from Texas. Dan was good company and a knowledgeable penetration tester - he also recommended xkcd to me and I strongly suggest it to you - it's inspired.
I've recently spent a good deal of time getting my head around French IT terms (including impenetrable phrases such as matrised'ouvrage) in order to translate some IT security awareness material into English. A few days after I finished the first piece of work, imagine my surprise when I started receiving French SPAM. And, no, it's no more interesting than the English/US version IMHO!
A little head scratching and I realised that my pride had caused me to announce that I was translating French awareness material into English in my "what are you doing at the moment" thingy in Facebook. As far as I can see this is the only place on the web where my translation skills were on display. So - are the spammers monitoring all our Facebook accounts to refine their targets, or am I being paranoid again?
My friends take great pleasure in teasing me about my role in promoting our firm through public speaking, TV and radio interviews and so on ... hence calling me 'Famous Pete Wood Security'.
I speak at international IT security conferences and specialist groups, provide commentary on security issues for television and radio, and appeared in the BBC1 documentaries " ID Fraud: They Stole My Life" and "ID Fraud: Outnumbered" with my partner Didi Barnes.
As Chief Executive Officer at First Base Technologies, I specialise in penetration testing corporate networks and performing social engineering exercises. I also chair our IT security user group at white-hats.co.uk