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Dec 2007 Special Anouncement

Happy Holidays!

We are not putting out a new episode until Jan - but we wish everyone a great Christmas and New Year (and Appolo's Birthday!)

If you are a listener and LinkedIn member and would like to be part of the group (and get a logo) follow this link.

For those who are not on LinkedIn - it is a professional contact management website where you can stay in touch with past co-workers and other professionals. Sort of a Facebook for the VPs, Directors, Professionals, etc.


Gear: A new section of this website

NOTE: All future secthis gear reviews will be located at - this is a sample.

As hosts of podcast we are always buying new gear - be it tech or firearms - and often we talk about it on the podcast. Well now we are going to add a new section to the website where we post short reviews of this gear - in style of first having a drink, then writing a review!

If you think this is a good idea, let us know by emailing Gene. If this is a bad idea then email Mooner! No seriously send any of us mail and let us know what you think.

We have a number of items that we are ready to review for you, so let me start with the first utterly useful item!

Citizen Skyhawk Atomic Eco-Drive

I have been looking at getting a rugged, automatic, more full featured watch for a while. The main objectives that this watch had to fulfill were:

  • It needed to be an Automatic - either a self winder of solar
  • It needed to show at least 2 time zones
  • It needed to have night viewing - whether tritium or back lighting
Watches with dual time zones are generally referred to as GMT models. So while I really like the look of the Rolex GMT Master II, it would not have passed the 'wife' test, nor does it have tritium or back lighting. I did find a KHS Operator Timer, great looking Tritium watch, but it was neither an Automatic nor a GMT.

After doing more research I did find an automatic Tritium watch, but again it was not a GMT. This was the Tracer Classic Auto Pro. If I did not need the GMT capability I would certainly have purchased this watch. It really looks nice and uses the same Swiss Auto mechanism as the Omega watches.

So was there a watch that was Automatic, GMT, and Tritium? Well as it turns out there is one - the Ball Engineer Hydrocrbon GMT - and my finger was on the purchase button when my wife stopped by and convinced me not to buy it. She made me a deal that if I she'd buy it for me as soon as she passed her CISSP.

So I was back to looking for an Automatic, GMT, with Tritium. I expanded my search to include solar watches not just mechanical automatics. I still wanted dual time zones, and either tritium, or some other backlight. I found a few models that seemed to fit the bill until I stumbled on the Citizen Nighthawk. This was a nice solar watch that combined solar power, second time zone and a decent backlight.

Again I was ready to buy, but while doing a price search, I found the Citizen Skyhawk Atomic Eco-Drive - another model that had the same features, but also had a 3 timezone display, and received the radio signal broadcast from the atomic cesium clock in CO. On top of that it had a very nice rotating slide rule. This seemed like it would fit the bill!

So now I have a watch which keeps time as precisely as a GPS, is self-powered even if I am not wearing it, and has amber LED back lighting which won't kill my night vision. If you look at the closeup video you can see that it has a constant UTC (GMT) face, a 24 hour local time zone face, a main 12 hour local time face, and another time zone display is possible in the digital display.

It may not win any style awards at the office, but in the field this is a ruged, completely automatic (it will even switch to daylight savings automatically), and functional watch for anyone who needs more than a basic dress watch. Retail under $600 is well under many of the Swiss watches I looked at. And here is the short closeup video.

Gene Naftulyev, CISSP


Travel Hiatus over!

New show will be coming this week and baring more travel disruptions, back to our normal 3 shows a month schedule!

Stay tuned...



Podcast Special #5 - Security Certifications

  • Special about security certifications


Podcast 16 - UPDATE

Not sure how the RSS got screwed up on the previous post, but rather than editing, here is a new post with just the Podcast 16 link.

Also here is a link to all the back issues of (in)Secure




Podcast 15 (Special #4) - Shmoocon Review Day 3 by Mooner and Gene

  • Mooner and Gene talk about impressions of Day 3 of Shmoocon
  • We will return to our normal weekly format next week!



CPE Update

I just double checked the ISC2 website and according to the official CISSP Recertification Guidelines, Security Conferences count toward credits at 1CPE/hr

CISSPs earn 1 CPE credit for each hour of attendance at a conference. Security conferences qualify as Group “A” CPEs. Other educational conferences qualify as Group “B” CPEs.
Since Mooner and I recorded the speakers we saw, there is the auditable proof of our attendance. Of course everyone can get CPE credits for watching the presentations once they are up online.


Podcast 14 (Special #3) - Shmoocon Review Day 2 by Mooner and Gene

  • Mooner and Gene talk about impressions of Day 2 of Shmoocon



Podcast 13 (Special #2) - Shmoocon Review Day 1 by Mooner and Gene

  • Mooner and Gene talk about impressions of Day 1 of Shmoocon



Podcast Special #1 - Shmoocon

  • Opening Remarks
  • H1kari
  • Johnny Long



Podcast 7 - Gene, Ben, Erik talk about computer forensics and privacy in the workplace

  • Gene Talks about a recent Computer Forensics class
  • Topic: Privacy in the workplace - more monitoring soon


We're going to ShmooCon

Mooner and Gene will be attending Shmoocon. Hope to see some of you there!


Get CPE credits for listening to us!

According to another security podcaster, The Security Catalyst, it has been verified that not only the hosts of this podcast, but anyone listening to the podcast is entitled to earn CPE credits toward the continuing education requirement by the ISC2 for all CISSPs.

So be sure to keep track of all the security podcasts you listen to and start collecting credits!

- Gene Naftulyev , CISSP


Podcast 5 - Gene, Erik, Ben


Google thinks we are a hacking site!?!

Dear subscribers (all 2 of you) -

Apparently running a website such as this one where there are more links to audio than text content and the names of the links are Vista Hacked or Destroy Your Data The Easy Way has put us into the hacking site category as far as Google is concerned. Now that doesn't really matter until you want to set up a Google AdWords account; at which point Google lets you deposit money into the account but does not actually let you advertise your site, since its web crawler algorithm has determined that your site is banned from advertising.


So we will be creating an entry page strictly for Google which will simply have a short description of the site and let visitors click on either a Subscribe or an Enter button.

This will be on a different site name and should not affect either this page feed or the page itself. But just in case you end up on that hackingless part of our site, feel free to click the Enter button or simply type into the address bar.