Posts tagged ‘England’

What a Broken Arm Teaches Us About Incident Response

August 28, 2014 1:18 pm


I originally wrote this for CSOonline’s Salted Hash blog in 2011. But given all my focus on incident management of late, a re-share seems appropriate.

You might find it weird that I’d find a teachable infosec moment in my son breaking his arm. But he did do it at a security meet-up, after all.

Let me explain:

On the last Saturday of October, we drove an hour north to Nottingham N.H. for an outdoor gathering of some friends in the security industry (the #NHInfoSecTweetup, to be specific).

The day was already not going to plan. A freak October snowstorm was bearing down on New England and when we got to the campground it was freezing and gray. Son number-one got out of the car and puked in the parking lot, a victim of car sickness. Within five minutes, we’d be making a hasty exit from the park for another reason.

Son number-two was delighted to find they had a playground, and ran for the monkeybars. Before I could finish introducing myself to everyone there, he slipped and landed on his wrist, breaking bones in two places.

We spent the afternoon at Exeter Hospital and the staff was terrific. They quietly moved Duncan to the front of the line (you should never leave an 8-year-old sitting in agony, after all) and got him x-rayed. They had to take him to the operating room to re-set the bones and now he’s walking around with an enormous splint on his arm.

We left the hospital after 5 p.m. and drove the hour or so home in near-whiteout conditions — a downright surrealistic scenario for New England in October.

What does any of this have to do with security? Running a business is like running a family. Unforseen accidents happen and you’re forced to change plans in a snap-second. It’s a teachable moment for companies that are trying hard to prevent data security breaches.

Just as kids will break bones from time to time, companies will suffer some kind of security lapse. No matter how careful you are as a parent or as a business owner, the unexpected will still throw you off step.

But it doesn’t have to throw us into chaos.

In hindsight, we reacted well to our incident. The folks at the security meet-up helped us get our stuff to the car and we whisked the boy to the nearest ER. Everyone was calm, and we got the bones reset and the arm in a splint.

Since I write about security for a living, it’s hard for me not to create security analogies in my head whenever life gets interesting. This was one of those cases.

I thought about it in incident response terms. Had we panicked, I would have driven too fast to the ER and wrapped the car around a tree. My wife and sons would have been at much greater risk.

We didn’t panic, and everything turned out fine.

To me, that’s the ultimate lesson for security practitioners dealing with an incident.

Panic and the security hole grows bigger, along with the severity of the blowback when it’s all revealed. React calmly and you can quickly get to fixing the problem and preparing those you do business with for the news.

Businesses actually have an advantage. Incident response plans can be drawn up well in advance and put on the shelf for emergency use.

When kids get into accidents, you have to wing it a lot more.

Thurston Moore Teams With Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine’s Debbie Googe for Album, Tour

August 5, 2014 5:40 pm


Photo by Jeremy Farmer

Following 2011’s Demolished Thoughts and the end of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore will release a new solo album on Matador. It’s titled The Best Day. According to a post on Sonic Youth’s website, it features collaborations with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe, and London-based musician James Sedwards. (The release date of September 23 reported on Sonic Youth’s website is incorrect. The Best Day does not currently have an announced release date.)

A few songs on The Best Day feature Samara Lubelski, John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man), and Keith Wood (Hush Arbors) from Moore’s band Chelsea Light Moving.

The post also describes the record as “Sweet, deadly and furthering the wild style TM exhibited all through Sonic Youth and beyond.” In a live clip from Portugal, below, Moore plays some of the new songs with Shelley and Sedwards. He also says the record is dedicated to his mother.

Meanwhile, Moore, Shelley, Googe, and Sedwards will tour Europe this summer and North America this fall under the name Thurston Moore Band.

Thurston Moore:

08-06 London, England – Cafe Oto *
08-07 London, England – Cafe Oto ^
08-15 Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
08-16 Hamburg, Germany – Dockville Festival
08-17 Berlin, Germany – Lido
08-18 Bielefeld, Germany – Forum
08-19 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ocii
08-21 Paredes De Coura, Portugal – Paredes De Coura Festival
08-23 Pully-Lausanne, Switzerland – For Noise Festival
08-24 Paris, France – Paris Rock en Seine
08-29 Birmingham, England – Moseley Folk Fest !
09-04-05 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
09-07 Toronto, Ontario – Riot Fest
09-12 Victoria, British Columbia – Rifflandia
09-14 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
09-20 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Book Festival ~
10-03 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore Cabaret #
10-04 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s #
10-07 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall #
10-08 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium #
10-10 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex #
10-11 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

* with John Edwards & Adam Go??biewski
^ with Caspar Brotzmann
! with 12 String Performance
~ with Reading
# with Sebadoh


Watch Thurston Moore perform “Benediction” at Pitchfork Music Festival 2012:


Little Dragon Announce Tour, Share Mikky Ekko Remix of “Pretty Girls”

August 5, 2014 5:00 pm


Little Dragon have expanded their tour with a host of October dates in North America and November dates in Britain. Check out the band’s itinerary below. Additionally, they’ve shared Mikky Ekko‘s remix of Nabuma Rubberband cut “Pretty Girls”; stream it above. It’s a pretty significant rework.

Little Dragon:

08-07 Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival
08-08 Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival
08-09 Gothenburg, Sweden – Way Out West
08-16 Tokyo, Japan – Summersonic
08-22 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre *
08-23 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
08-27 Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue *
08-28 Seattle, WA – The Showbox *
08-30 Chicago, IL – North Coast Festival
08-31 Austin, TX – Moody Theatre (Austin City Limits Live) ^
10-08 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10-11 Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival
10-13 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
10-15 Washington, DC – Echostage #
10-16 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom #
10-17 Columbus, OH – Newport #
10-19 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room #
10-21 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre #
10-22 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex #
10-24 Oakland, CA – Fox #
11-17 Brighton, England – Corn Exchange
11-18 Birmingham, England – The Institute
11-19 Bristol, England – O2 Academy
11-21 Leeds, England – Metropolitan University
11-22 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
11-23 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC
11-27 London, England – O2 Academy Brixton
11-29 Oxford, England – O2 Academy

* with Dâm-Funk
# with Shy Girls
^ with Octopus Project

Watch Little Dragon’s video for “Pretty Girls”:


The Pop Group Reissue We Are Time, Announce Rarities Compilation Cabinet of Curiosities

August 4, 2014 3:57 pm


Photo by Chaira Meattelli and Dominic Lee

Post-punk greats the Pop Group have announced a reissue of We Are Time, a 1980 collection of early live and studio recordings. They’re also putting out Cabinet of Curiosities, a new compilation of rarities. Both are out October 21 via Freaks R Us (an imprint of Kartel/Amped). More reissues of the group’s back catalogue will follow in the future.

The band are also offering a limited supply of exclusive memorabilia via Pledge Music with surplus proceeds going to Campaign Against Arms Trade. Info will be available on the Pop Group’s Facebook and Twitter.

Frontman Mark Stewart and guitarist Gareth Sager discussed We Are Time in a press release.

Stewart: “The Pop Group was mutating so fast right from the start that it was crucial to document those first experiments with this compilation. We Are Time is really ‘the’ teenage Pop Group album. It’s full of defiance and the material demonstrates the band’s staunch independence and our really early DIY ethic before the studio became another instrument.”

Sager: “[We were] trying in an inexplicably naive manner to combine Patti Smith’s Rimbaud ramblings, James Brown, the Stooges, Roxy Music, T. Rex and classical aleatoric music. You can hear the results of this on tracks ‘Genius Or Lunatic,’ ‘Colour Blind,’ ‘Trap,’ ‘Sense Of Purpose,’ ‘Kiss The Book’ and ‘We Are Time. … Soon after this the band were bringing in other influences, Ornette Coleman, King Tubby, Funkadelic, Debussy, Jacques Brel, Fela Kuti, Steve Reich and then you get ‘Thief of Fire.’”

Cabinet of Curiosities features a version of “She Is Beyond Good and Evil” produced by Roxy Music’s Andy Mackay. It also features BBC John Peel session tracks and a few unreleased songs.

This fall, the Pop Group will embark on a UK tour, performing We Are Time in full. Dates below.

St. Vincent has been known to cover “She Is Beyond Good and Evil” at her shows.

We Are Time

01 Trap
02 Thief of Fire
03 Genius Or Lunatic
04 Colour Blind
05 Spanish Inquisition
06 Kiss The Book
07 Amnesty Report
08 Springer
09 Sense of Purpose
10 We Are Time

Cabinet of Curiosities

01 Where There’s A Will
02 She Is Beyond Good And Evil
03 Colour Blind
04 Words Disobey Me
05 Don’t Sell Your Dreams
06 We Are Time
07 Abstract Heart
08 Amnesty Report III
09 Karen’s Car


The Pop Group:

10-20 Edinburgh, Scotland – The Voodoo Rooms
10-21 Nottingham, England – The Bodega Social Club
10-22 Manchester, England – Gorilla
10-23 Bristol, England – Anson Rooms
10-24 Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
10-25 Brighton, England – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
10-26 London, England- Islington Assembly Hall

A British national park is using ponies to fight smartphone addiction

August 4, 2014 8:45 am


Britain’s New Forest National Park wants to take away your cellphone, your tablet, and your car keys. The park, in southern England, has started a new scheme in which visitors can deposit their electronic devices at a dedicated “Tech Creche.” Smartphones and iPads are kept in device daycare while their owners roam the park, supposedly freed from the tyranny of screens, push notifications, and GPS directions.

Participating people can print off vouchers that promise they’ll “swap screen time for family time.” The park also suggests visitors leave their cars at the visitor center, travelling instead on foot or by open top bus to lessen the environmental impact on the park. The scheme is designed to reconnect children and parents on family…