Having had the privilege to meet, hear speak, and ask questions of General James E. Cartwright (USMC, Ret.) when I found this video it was A Cyber Fellow’s treat! The video is from the Global Security Forum 2012. One of the panels addressed the big aspects of Fighting a Cyber War to include significant strategy and policy discussions in Defense and International Security, Technology and Cybersecurity. Several years ago at an AFCEA IT conference while he was serving as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, I asked a question relating to the significant slowness of technology to penetrate the U.S. Military for use by our Forces. His retort, “it is a massive problem,” quite accurate from what I’ve learned about the issue since – he even offered me his shoes if I wanted to take his place (Navy LT (O3) to 4-Star (O10) would have been a significant jump). The problem is quite massive and at the root of our Military’s desire – Innovative, Highly Technical, Entrepreneurial, yet Inspirational and an Effective Leader – the perfect warfighter!
Since that day I’ve worked toward being able to fill those shoes…
About the video and forum:
The Global Security Forum 2012 is a forum on the top challenges facing U.S. and global security. The vulnerability of military, civilian, and commercial networks to cyber attack is forcing the U.S. government to revise its approach to cyberspace. While most attention is focused on preventing attacks, this panel will address how cyber could be used in an offensive capacity, including how to conceptualize command and control, targeting, damage assessment, proportionality, and deterrence in a cyber environment either alone or alongside kinetic operations.
Incoming search terms:In the Chairman\s White Paper on Mission Command (2012) the joint force of the future will find themselves operating in a security environment that is _____
If you’re like me you’re looking to make things a bit easier at home but at the same time make utility costs lower while not breaking the bank to do it. Enter the Belkin WeMo into the home automation arena. The WeMo Switch ($50) provides the ability to activate lights or any electronic device to turn on or off on a schedule it provides what we immediately expect from a simple device. But the Belkin WeMo goes further. It has the capability of motion sensing, WeMo Switch + Motion ($100), which will activate desired devices and lights as a family member enters a room and transitions through the others (with multiple WeMos). Obviously this is most immediately applicable to lighting applications or even area fans to cool down a house but you could use it to kill off vampire power devices (the power plugs and other items that simply consume power when not in use yet plugged in).
If you don’t desire to place these items on a set schedule you can have full control over them via the iOS application which allows you to remotely turn WeMo’d devices on or off from your iPhone or iPad. This network ability then provides some additional features with IFTTT (If This Then That). This allows for notification via email when the motion sensing capability of WeMo is activated with something like a front door light or even the IFTTT Weather Channel interaction to determine sunset/sunrise and the activation of WeMo’d lights.
From this Cyber Fellows perspective this is an excellent step toward the internet of things. What I’d like to see WeMo integrated with Belkin’s Conserve devices to provide power analytics. This would then allow for an automation and control function on top of the power analytics (Air Conditioning just turned on when no one is home). I’m surprised I didn’t see this at CES even though it was there; what I did notice is the numerous devices and companies that are getting into home device automation so Belkin will need to be innovative to stay ahead of the pack in this area.
Incoming search terms:wemo hack, belkin wemo hack
The 16th Annual Webby Awards brought in the big guns to provide a final Steve Jobs Tribute with Richard Dreyfuss (original The Crazy Ones narrator; Steve Jobs also read for the video but it didn’t officially air), Justin Long, and John Hodgman (both of the I’m a Mac, I’m a PC commercials) the two J’s hint at Apple never airing any commercials but theirs (1984). But these guys are just the individuals introducing the tribute video made for Steve Jobs.
Richard Dryfuss opens chiding Humanity’s Loss of Privacy:
“Mark Zuckerberg and Eric Brin – Have you thought of the words Quid Pro Quo? If you’re going to take our privacy away from us why don’t you tell us something private about yourselves? And if you’re going to change our world why don’t you pay for it, because it’s theft.”
Richard Dreyfuss’ 5 word farewell to Steve Jobs was:
“Exception that proves the Rule!”
There are some heavy hitters in the montage video including the President of the United States of America (POTUS), a former POTUS, a former Vice POTUS, numerous other great characters and even Bono!
[via Webby Awards]