Jobs – 2020 Pandemic SIP Hiring List for unemployed InfoSec professionals

FIND A REMOTE INFOSEC JOB

@Rob Fuller ( https://twitter.com/mubix ) who hosts a hiring page around major security conferences like ShmooCon and DerbyCon around the U.S. has started a

2020 Pandemic SIP Hiring List for unemployed InfoSec professionals

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The 2020 Unofficial Pandemic Shelter-In-Place Hiring List.
To get on the list is just complete the following form <here>

This is  definitely worth a look if you’re looking for work in these uncertain times.

One of the hard things about this pandemic is many people are either losing
their jobs or having a hard time finding a new one in general. It was suggested that I make one of these during this time.

CYBERSECURITY

“The explosive expansion of remote work during this pandemic, amplifying even further our already inescapable dependence on secure, robust digital platforms, underscores how critical it is that we not weaken or discourage basic security mechanisms such as cryptography.” ~ matt blaze

10 Years ago

Cobol Your universities and institutions, thought leaders, prominent folks would never be interested in these or speak about these. It’s a huge failure on all fronts IMHO. Neither have we modernized, nor are we prepared to continue to run these legacy tech/systems well.

NOW New Jersey needs COBOL programmers!

NJ’s 40-year-old system increases delays for unemployment checks amid coronavirus crisis

New Jersey officials vowed Saturday to speed up the processing of unemployment claims despite relying on a 40-year-old computer system that has been overwhelmed by the record number of requests due to the coronavirus crisis.
Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said a plan to increase phone lines, train additional staff to handle claims and provide laptops to workers at home will help ease the crushing amount of claims being sought amid the economic meltdown brought upon by the virus.
“There is nothing I want more than to put your hard-earned benefits into your family budget sooner,” he said at Gov. Phil Murphy’s daily coronavirus briefing.
Recently jobless New Jerseyans have experienced heavy lag times or issues while trying to collect unemployment insurance, partly due to a “clunky” 1980s computer system that the Department of Labor still depends upon to process claims and issue checks.
“We literally have a system that is forty-plus years old,” Murphy said.
“There will be lots of postmortems and one of them on our list will be: how did we get here when we literally need COBOL programmers,” Murphy said of the outdated computer language.

Arvind Narayanan (@random_walker)
This is like the unrealistic movie trope we all chuckle at in which a few badasses in their 70s have to come out of retirement to save the world because a long-forgotten horror has resurfaced and they’re the only ones who know anything about it. https://t.co/cyHU7JwlMj

The governor of New Jersey just put out the call on live TV that he is desperate for Cobol programmers right now.

COBOL Is Everywhere. Who Will Maintain It?

Think COBOL is dead? About 95 percent of ATM swipes use COBOL code, Reuters reported in April, and the 58-year-old language even powers 80 percent of in-person transactions. In fact, Reuters calculates that there’s still 220 billion lines of COBOL code currently being used in production today, and that every day, COBOL systems handle $3 trillion in commerce. Back in 2014, the prevalence of COBOL drew some concern from the trade newspaper American Banker.

Cyber Version of ‘Justice League’ Launches to Fight COVID-19 Related Hacks
Goal is to help organizations – especially healthcare entities – protect against cybercriminals trying to take advantage of the pandemic.

Hackers linked to Iran target WHO staff emails during coronavirus

Hacking forum gets hacked for the second time in a year

 

 

 

 

 

Are we allowed to criticize Trump in Plague times?

YES! of course we are allowed to criticize Trump – anytime.

“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” — Benjamin Franklin

Talking heads on TV need to push back

Talking head, commentator Morning Joe is a republican political $uck up  who thinks the Trump Family businesses should be treated like <ANY OTHER> business in America, and that you should NOT criticize Trump. Get him off MSN TV.

Trump needs to be publically rebuked, until he listens to respected scientists. His “aspirations” do NOT equal scientific knowledge.

Only a Dictator believes he doesn’t have to listen to anyone.

The Purpose of National Security Policy, Declassified [Oct. 17th, 2012]
http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2012/10/nsdd_238.html
The most fundamental purpose of national security policy is not to keep the nation safe from physical attack but to defend the constitutional order. At least, that is what President Reagan wrote in a Top Secret 1986 directive.

“The primary objective of U.S. foreign and security policy is to protect the integrity of our democratic institutions and promote a peaceful global environment in which they can thrive,” President Reagan wrote in National Security Decision Directive 238 on “Basic National Security Strategy,” which was partially declassified in 2005. In a list of national security objectives, the directive does note the imperative “to protect the United States… from military, paramilitary, or terrorist attack.” But that is not the primary objective, according to the Reagan directive. Defense of the Constitution evidently takes precedence.
The first purpose of national security policy is “to preserve the political identity, framework and institutions of the United States as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution,” President Reagan wrote. This is a remarkable statement, for several reasons. First, it recognizes that the political identity and institutions of the United States are not simply a given, but that they are vulnerable to many types of threats and must be actively defended and sustained. This task is not normally assigned the urgency or the priority given to “national security.”
Second, the directive distinguishes between constitutional governance and physical security. Not every measure intended to promote security is constitutional. And not every act in defense of democratic self-governance is likely to promote public safety. (The American Revolution was not calculated to increase “homeland security.” Quite the opposite.) Sometimes a choice between the two is required. President Reagan indicated what he thought the choice should be. And third, the directive is remarkable because its rhetoric was so imperfectly realized by the Reagan Administration (and egregiously defied in the Iran-Contra Affair) and has been largely abandoned by its successors.
“Defending our Nation against its enemies is the first and fundamental commitment of the Federal Government,” wrote President George W. Bush in his 2002 National Security Strategy, skipping over President Reagan’s “primary” objective. Likewise, “As President, I have often said that I have no greater responsibility than protecting the American people,” President Obama wrote in his National Strategy for Counterterrorism. The Reagan directive invites reflection on what U.S. national security policy would look like if it were truly structured above all “to protect the integrity of our democratic institutions.”
In a section of the directive that was only classified Confidential,

President Reagan contrasted the U.S. with the Soviet Union, which was described as its polar opposite. “Our way of life, founded upon the dignity and worth of the individual, depends on a stable and pluralistic world order within which freedom and democratic institutions can thrive. Yet, the greatest threat to the Soviet system, in which the State controls the destiny of the individual, is the concept of freedom itself.” “The survival of the Soviet system depends to a significant extent upon the persistent and exaggerated representation of foreign threats, through which it seeks to justify both the subjugation of its own people and the expansion of Soviet military capabilities well beyond those required for self-defense,” President Reagan wrote.

Numerous Presidential directives from the Reagan Administration have been declassified in recent years and have released by the Reagan Library, though others still remain partially or completely classified. Many of the declassified directives provide a fascinating account that enlarges and enriches the public record of events of the time. Only last year, for example, a 1985 directive (NSDD-172) on “Presenting the Strategic Defense Initiative” was finally declassified. This year, NSDD 159 on “Covert Action Policy Approval and Coordination Procedures” (1985) was declassified. NSDD 207 on “The National Program for Combatting Terrorism” (1986) was declassified in 2008. Among other things, that directive ordered the Attorney General to “Review the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and determine whether terrorist movements or organizations are abusing its provisions.”

 

K-12 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources web page for schools and school personnel.

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https://edu-cyberpg.com/

K-12 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources web page for schools and school personnel.

MOST CURRENT information on COVID-19 (primarily from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]), as well as guidance and resources for everyday disease prevention strategies. Any questions for the Department may be directed to COVID-19@ed.gov

#K12Covid-19 DIRECTIONS FOR LIVING
TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY
– SELF ISOLATE

* The nation’s top expert on infectious diseases said it would be
nice if a global-health unit that President Donald Trump scrapped
were still around.
* Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told House lawmakers, “It would
be nice if the office were still there.”
* Fauci said that the bottom line for the coronavirus outbreak in
the US is that “it’s going to get worse.”

 

IT IS HERE

IT IS IN YOUR TOWN

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

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Donald’s mom Mary Tells Donald to
 PROTECT OTHER PEOPLE !!!!!

– STAY HOME
– STOP SHAKING HANDS

– DON’T SHAKE HANDS
– STOP BUMPING FISTS

CLEAN YOUR MONEY

MONEY  Spray Lysol on your paper money on both sides
-Spray your wallet
– Wash your coins
The Bank of Korea said it is putting currency notes through a high-heat process and then keeping them in a safe for 14 days, before releasing them back into circulation, according to a Reuters. That should be enough time to remove any trace of the virus, the bank said.

Routine procedures for disinfecting banknotes have been stepped up in the country. Those involve heating notes 150 degrees Celsius for a few seconds, a bank official told Reuters. Another way to kill germs is to expose the notes to ultraviolet light.

DON’T ACT LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP

PROTECT OTHER PEOPLE – STOP HUGGING PEOPLE
So far, Trump has had  at least 4 direct contacts that Trump has had to people who have come down with Coronavirus. He needs to be tested. Donald Trump ‘s staggering and deadly incompetence on #coronavirus didn’t happen accidentally. Trump did not push for early testing ‘because higher numbers would harm his re-election chances. Trump and Pence are making a show of not being tested to cover up the fact that they’re artifically depressing the #COVID19 numbers by making tests scarce.

#TyphoidTrumpy
Here’s Trump with Brazilian President Bolsanaro, who just tested positive for
#COVID19. Trump has also been exposed by Bolsanaro’s staff, someone at CPAC, and multiple GOP congressmen who are now in quarantine. Brazilian president and staff did not bring it with them. They contracted it while here. CPAC exposure came first. Trump and Pence are making a show of not being tested to cover up the fact that they’re artifically depressing the #COVID19 numbers by making tests scarce,

#coronapocalypse #SelfQuarantine

Trump is preventing states from broadening Medicaid coverage as an emergency response to the coronavirus. His anti-poor ideology takes precedence over public health. Trump administration blocks states from using Medicaid to respond to coronavirus crisis

Trump fears coronavirus  emergency declaration will cause him to lose the election – he cares about money and not people. The road to this moment was paved by the GOP’s decades-long war on government. Trump should declare an emergency, bringing in the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate and unleashing billions of dollars for struggling states. Moscow Mitch McConnell says he won’t look at House relief bill for coronavirus for another 12 days.

 WASH YOUR HANDS AND SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY

– WHEN THE SONG IS DONE YOU ARE DONE

– WASH YOUR HANDS,  UP TO YOUR WRISTS AND BETWEEN YOUR FINGERS

MAKE YOUR OWN HAND SANITIZER
USE SOME KIND OF ALOE GEL
AND RUBBING AlCOHOL
40% GEL TO 60% ALCOHOL OR IT WON’T WORK!

2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol to 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
Mix together in a bowl then pour into an empty bottle.

 SELF ISOLATE

DON’T GO WHERE THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE
(PARADES – STADIUMS – THEATERS – FESTIVALS )

STAND AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE

SIT AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE

Incubation period for this virus is 5-12 days. It CAN be longer.

– YOU REALLY DON’T HAVE TO GO ANYWHERE TO DO ANYTHING
DO NOT get stranded on a coronavirus-infected cruise ship no matter how low they price the trip.

– GO TO THE STORE  WHEN  LESS PEOPLE ARE AROUND

IF ANNE FRANK DID IT FOR 2 YEARS– YOU CAN DO IT FOR 2 MONTHS

Think of the Story of Anne Frank. She hid for 2 years in a three-story space entered from a landing above the Opekta offices on the Prinsengracht, where some of his most trusted employees would be their helpers.

PROTECT OTHER PEOPLE !!!!!

– WEAR A MASK OR WEAR A SCARF AROUND
YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH

PROTECT OTHER PEOPLE FROM YOU

– WHEN YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE
– YOUR OWN DIRTY HANDS
– don’t TOUCH YOUR MOUTH, NOSE or eyes

IF YOU DON’T OWN A MASK USE A SCARF

How To Wrap Face With Scarf/Dupatta In Just 1Minute // 5 easy ways to wear a scarf

Prepare for online teaching

Coronavirus on the high seas: Why the U.S. can’t touch cruise lines

The coronavirus reveals the power of industry and holes in regulation.

Eric Feigl-Ding @DrEricDing Epidemiologist / Health Economist / Senior Fellow @FAScientists V.Scientist @Harvard/ Harvard ‘07 J.Hopkins ‘04 / NYT-feat

#COVID19 Updates

Do you work at the CDC and have COVID-19 response information the government won’t share? Here’s how to contact news organizations using

DO NOT EXTRAPOLATE: WHO’s Dr Aylward warns that China has very “sophisticated health care” with not just tons of ventilators but also *ECMO* (see below). Very few countries can match China’s volume of beds+technology to save #COVID19 patients. Italy will be closer comparison.

What happens if you DO get coronavirus (many of us will), only advice for how to try to AVOID it. So as your friendly neighborhood RN, a wee thread:

Things you should *actually* buy ahead of time (Erm, not sure what the obsession with toilet paper is?): Kleenex, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in 350 mg tablets, Ibuprofen (Advil) in 200 mg tablets, Mucinex, Robitussin or DayQuil/NyQuil, whatever your cough medicine of choice is.

If you don’t have a humidifier, that would also be a good thing to get. (You can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam). Also a good time to make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand.

If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if it is.

You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it’s coming.

For symptom management, use the meds I mentioned.

For a fever over 101, alternate Tylenol and Advil so you’re taking a dose of one or the other every 3 hours. Use both cough suppressants and expectorants (most cough meds have both). Drink a ton, hydrate hydrate. Rest lots.

You should not be leaving your house except to go to the doctor, and if you do, wear a mask (regular is fine, you don’t need an N95). You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high and unmanaged with meds.

90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest/hydration/over-the-counter meds. We don’t want to clog the ERs unless you’re actually in distress. The hospital beds will be used for people who actively need oxygen/breathing treatments/IV fluids.

If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your PCP or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick. They might have plans to get you admitted and bypass the ER entirely.

One major relief to you parents is that kids do VERY well with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days, no one under 18 has died, and almost no kids have required hospitalization (unless they have a lung disease like CF). Just use pediatric dosing of the same meds.

I’m always around via DM if you have questions, and if I don’t have the answer I’ll just tell you to call your doctor. 😉 But feel free to contact me any time. 😘

1/ Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

2/ When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw issue away immediately and wash hands.

3/ Avoid close contact with anyone that has fever and cough.

You can follow @smasheroteacups.

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Tips against :

Up your Vitamin D 2000-5000 IU per day.  Zinc lozengers because Zinc is good against viruses. It shortens the length of the infection.

Adding to the humidifier/shower: you can also boil water in a pot, put your head above it and a towel over your head. This will open airways, especially nose and it makes your throat less dry. It’s what I did when I had the flu but didn’t have a steamer.

Keep your chest & neck covered & warm at all times. Even in bed. Scarves & snoods are also useful for pulling up as impromptu masks.

Sciencey bit: Viruses replicate more readily at lower body temperatures. Cold is a risk factor.

Live-updating GIS dashboard that tracks the COVID-19. It will automatically update every couple hours as new data comes in by pulling info form the CDC, WHO, anda few other global health organizations. It is very powerful, visually interesting, and it really puts the situation in a spatial perspective. It was created by a student at Johns Hopkins.

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MEANWHILE:

— While the world is focused on #COVID19, billions of #locusts invade East Africa & #Asia. State of emergency in #Somalia. A flight to #Kenya: 24000km² cloud, the equivalent of food for 84M people was devastated. (UN)

THE BUSINESS CASE FOR BITCOIN

This is why Bitcoin was created.
Federal Reserve just printed $500B
People’s Bank of China just printed $79B
European Union just printed $37B
South Korea just printed $10B
Bank of Japan just printed $2B
Britain just printed $39B
Italy just printed $8.4B

The Graham-Blumenthal Bill: A New Path for DOJ to Finally Break Encryption

Members of Congress are about to introduce a bill that will undermine the law that undergirds free speech on the Internet.

JEFFERY EPSTEIN TRAFFICKED LITTLE GIRLS WITH EVERYONE KNOWING ABOUT IT.

TAKE AWAY OUR ENCRYPTION BUT ….. THEY ALL KNEW WITHOUT BREAKING OUT ENCRYPTION ABOUT

Jeffrey Epstein’s High Society Contacts

THIS ENCRYPTION THING NEVER HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH CATCHING AND CONVICTING JEFFERY EPSTEIN RIGHT?

THIS CRAP ISN’T GOING TO CATCH PREDATORS – THEY ALREADY KNOW WHO THEY ARE. — IT’S ALL BULLSHIT.

The Graham-Blumenthal Bill: A New Path for DOJ to Finally Break Encryption

If passed, the bill known as the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act, will fulfill a long-standing dream of U.S. law enforcement. If passed, it could largely mark the end of private, encrypted messaging on the Internet.

The Department of Justice and the FBI have long seen encryption as a threat. In 1993, the Clinton administration promoted the installation of a “Clipper Chip” in consumer devices that would allow for easy government eavesdropping using key escrow. When researchers repeatedly demonstrated that this flawed idea would compromise privacy and security for everyone, not just criminals, the idea was scrapped. But U.S. law enforcement agencies spent the next 25 years villainizing the widespread adoption of encryption and highlighting a series of awful criminal acts in their efforts to scare elected officials into requiring backdoors.

In recent years, they’ve used acts of terrorism like the mass shootings in San Bernardino and Pensacola to press for draconian changes to the law. More recently, officials like Attorney General William Barr [The Ties That Bind Jeffrey Epstein, William Barr & Donald Trump] have blamed encryption for sexual crimes against children. Not only are these crimes horrific to hear about, but they are nearly impossible to get objective information about. Nearly all information that the public gets about these crimes is filtered through law enforcement and organizations that work closely with law enforcement. Because of that, it’s very hard for policymakers to make informed decisions that address both public safety and civil liberties concerns.

Meanwhile, we face immense challenges to building secure systems, and strong encryption is one the best tools we have available to protect ourselves. Encryption preserves the ability to have private, secure communications in an increasingly insecure world. Members of the government, the military and law enforcement themselves use encryption to protect their communications, as do journalists, activists and those at risk of domestic abuse, among many others. We should not sacrifice the power of these fundamental technologies, even in the name of important law enforcement goals.

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https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/graham-blumenthal-bill-new-path-doj-finally-break-encryption

Here’s Barr’s latest sideways attack on crypto – leveraging 5-Eyes relationships for intelligence-sharing to go after online child exploitation (which is Barr-speak for “strong encryption”)

Barr, ‘Five Eyes’ nations introduce principles on online child sexual exploitation

By Chris Mills Rodrigo – 03/05/20 02:08 PM EST 44

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/486162-barr-five-eyes-nations-introduce-principles-on-child-sexual-exploitation

Attorney General William Barr and representatives from the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing network on Thursday introduced a set of voluntary principles aimed at combating online child sexual exploitation.

The 11 recommendations, co-announced with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, includes reporting cases to relevant authorities, proactive identification of grooming and publishing data on efforts to curb content.

“For the first time, the Five Countries [FIVE EYES] are collaborating with tech companies to protect children against online sexual exploitation,” Barr said in a statement. “We hope the Voluntary Principles will spur collective action on the part of industry to stop one of the most horrendous crimes impacting some of the most vulnerable members of society.”

In a press conference announcing the principles, Barr said that the internet has amplified the reach and damage of child sexual exploitation content, noting that people can film and disseminate it more easily.

Reports of suspected child sexual abuse material to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tip line have spiked in the last few years, with more than 69 million photos, videos and files flagged in 2019.

( DIDN’T THEY KNOW ABOUT JEFFERY EPSTEIN AND ALL THE REST ?)

Many of the officials noted that the internet has made child sexual exploitation a borderless problem.

“This global outrage requires a comprehensive global response,” United Kingdom Security Minister James Brokenshire said.

Officials speaking at the press conference also slammed encryption, which makes messages only viewable by their intended recipients, with Barr saying it gives predators “more places to hide.”

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said during the press conference that encryption “like any tool … can be abused.” Brokenshire, meanwhile, called encryption “the elephant in the room.”

The push from law enforcement officials and some lawmakers against encryption comes as more technology giants consider adopting the feature, which privacy groups have lauded as necessary to ensuring free speech online