Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Fortify Documentary: The New Face of Cybercrime

I just came across a Fortify Software press release announcing the premier of their new documentary, “The New Face of Cybercrime”. I had remembered their CTO Brian Chess told me about it months ago, but really forgot all about it since. This could be really cool and nicely timed to fill the void left by Tiger Team. So I fired up the YouTube Trailer to see what this is all about. To my utter amazement the video appeared exceptionally well done, like a special you’d see on PBS or the History Channel. Some familiar industry faces appeared including Howard Schmidt, Gary McGraw, and Marcus Ranum providing their quality sound bites. Then all of a sudden RSnake shows up on screen demonstrating a XSS vulnerability on domains.aol.com! I nearly fell outta my chair! *LOL* OK, I gotta see the rest of this. Screenings are being held in San Francisco, New York, and London. I could theoretically make the S.F. one since I'm local, if I can manage to score an invite *hint*. :)

9 comments:

Garrett Gee said...

You can register for the screening at http://www.fortifysoftware.com/cybercrime/registersf.html

See you there!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun. I wonder if RSnake falls into their category of "criminal hackers" or "industry executives". I suppose he's a bit of both.

Ory said...

Hey,

While everything that is mentioned in this trailer is true, I can't help but rant about the hollywoodization of security in this trailer. All the correct buzz words (and then some) are sprinkled exactly in the right places.

There are many ways to get people to understand that information security is crucial these days, but I am not sure that I like the angle that is being played in this trailer.

Oh well, maybe I just like to rant.

Mark Kerzner said...

Thank you, Jeremiah, for pointing this out. Sending it to all my friends now!

Jeremiah Grossman said...

@garrett, thanks! Just registered. This should be fun!

@ory, I'm sure its dramatized, but for me, thats fine. I'd rather have it than not, better for people to have some exposure to the field than none at all.

Jill said...

Jeremiah,

Looks like you've got the link to register and have done so - but I will also make sure you are on the list.(I work with the PR Firm helping Fortify with the event) - We look forward to seeing you there!

Jill Primost

Anonymous said...

Did rsnake have permission from aol to demo this on video? If not this would be another example of rsnake doing questionable behavior :)

Jeremiah Grossman said...

Great, thanks Jill!

Ranger Bert said...

I saw a screening of the documentary on Monday. Totally awesome, I nominate JC Penney's CIO for an Oscar, Best Supporting Actor. He makes the case for software security. Howard Schmidt is great at playing Cyber Secuiry Czar Howard Schmidt. Two thumbs up!!!