Sophos Security Chet Chat 32

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My first post on the new blog… so exciting! I have had a rather traumatic travel week, but thankfully arrived home safely and have many thoughts to blog about.

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For this week’s Sophos Security Chet Chat, I spoke with Tony Ross, a Global Sales Trainer from Sophos Canada. We chatted about Apple’s announcements that they will no longer be distributing Adobe Flash and Java with OS X. Not only that, but Apple is abandoning updates for existing installations.

We talked about FireSheep, a new Firefox plugin that can sniff unencrypted WiFi networks and hijack social networking and email accounts.

I also announced the availability of a web-only mini-version of my Anatomy of an Attack seminar. If you like what you see, take a look at our events page for live events where you can learn more and meet our experts.

Tony took the time to explain his ideas about how many IT administrators mistake tools that allow you to control which applications users run for “productivity enhancers” rather than security tools. We discussed why application control is such a powerful security tool and hope that you will reconsider how you are currently using technologies that enable you to control applications.

(30 October 2010, duration 12:55 minutes, size 9.3MBytes)

You can also download this podcast directly in MP3 format: Sophos Security Chet Chat 32. All of our past podcasts are available from

I also appeared on National Public Radio’s Marketplace Tech Report this week. I had a chat with John Moe about the impact FireSheep may have on average cafe WiFi users who connect to Facebook, Hotmail and other services that do not use HTTPS throughout the connection. You can listen to the segment here.

(27 October 2010, duration 5:03 minutes, size 2.4MByte)