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Weekly newsletter of The Javvad Malik A.I. - Issue #1

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February 15 · Issue #1 · View online
Security | Life | Cynicism
Well well well - look who just jumped back into your inbox after months off!
In case you forgot, please allow me to re-introduce myself. I’m Javvad, and in the past you subscribed to this newsletter. I used to use Mailchimp, but the UI caused me untold grief and I spent longer adjusting the formatting than writing the actual content. So, one night at 2am, I ended up exporting all email addresses over to Revue, and thought I’d roll just like how I did in the early 2000’s and screw any form of testing, and send this email out in production. So apologies in advance if something doesn’t work as it should - just consider this an “agile” newsletter.
Because of this, the numbering has reset to issue 1, so let’s just consider this a reboot.
The format of this newsletter is that there are three sections. A a few stories about information / cyber security, some life tip I recently learnt or experienced, and something humorous or cynical, because we are all well-rounded people.

Security
SMS, or text messages are great - well, they used to be and there are some legit uses for it. But we’re using it more and more for security purposes, and the question is whether it’s a medium we should place so much trust in.
The antisocial engineer takes a look at SMS and how much trust we should really put in it.
Trust in SMS | The AntiSocial Engineer Limited
One to file under “self promotion” - I was interviewed by my friend and colleague Perry Carpenter on what possessed me to read 100 threat intel reports and what the outcome was.
ANALYZED: 100 Threat Reports w/Javvad Malik
Life
This months Infosecurity magazine published an interview with me. What particularly fills me with joy, is that nearly 11 years ago I sent an email to a number of security publications (including infosecurity) introducing myself and my new YouTube show, “The Infosec Cynic Show”. I was hoping the fresh format would pique the interest of security people around the world - but the response was quieter than a Sonny Bono tree detector.
So, to go from a nobody that couldn’t even get a reply, to being asked for an interview serves as a life lesson for me more than anyone else that a decade and consistent hard work is all it takes to become an “overnight success”.
I’ve made it! – Javvad Malik
Cynicism
Lockdown has been hard for most, but it’s also made people more sympathetic towards colleagues who have to deal with interruptions. No longer does anyone roll their eyes when the doorbell rings during a conference call, or a child wanders in during a presentation.
However, there have been other unintended consequences, such as a lawyer turning up to a Zoom meeting unable to turn off the cat filter on their face.
'I Am Not a Cat' Hilarious Video of Attorney's Zoom-Filter Flub Sparks Renewed Interest in Dated Dell Software
What’s great about the story is how unphased everyone else was - as if people turning up like cats was the most normal thing in the world.
But, not everyone has been so understanding. The UK chairman of KPMG, Bill Michael had told consultants to “stop moaning” about the impact of the pandemic and lockdown on people’s lives, and to stop “playing the victim card”.
Fortunately, he’s now updating his CV.
KPMG boss Bill Michael quits after 'stop moaning' row - BBC News
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