Time to wave goodbye to XP Service Pack 2 Support

If you are still running Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, then here is some bad news if you didn’t hear about this last year. From the 13th July 2010 Microsoft will be removing support. So this means no more security updates, hotfixes etc.

So now might be a good time to update to Service Pack 3, its only been out 2 years so might be nice to be an early adopter :) If you are feeling really adventurous you might want to consider moving with Microsoft Windows 7??

If your running XP SP2 on you embedded systems you have until Jan 2011 to do the necessary.

If you are interested in Microsofts Support Life Cycle check out the information below:

Me and the Eurotrash Security Podcast Crew @ BruCon 2010

BruCON is an annual security and hacker(*) conference providing two days of an interesting atmosphere for open discussions of critical infosec issues, privacy, information technology and its cultural/technical implications on society. Organized in Brussels, BruCON offers a high quality line up of speakers, security challenges and interesting workshops. BruCON is a conference by and for the security and hacker(*) community.

The conference tries to create bridges between the various actors active in computer security world, included but not limited to hackers(*), security professionals, security communities, non-profit organizations, CERTs, students, law enforcement agencies, etc…..

Look out Belgium, all the Eurotrash Security crew are going to be in attendance at BruCon 2010 in September.

Myself (Dale Pearson) and Craig Balding will be presenting, and Chris John Riley and Wim Remes will also be in attendance at the conference. The Eurotrash Security team will also be taking part in the podcasters meet up. So feel free to come along and buy us a drink :)

Cyber Security Challenge

The Cyber Security Challenge UK is a not for profit organisation run by public and private sector leaders in information security.

I had heard about this before, but was given a hand out at Infosec 2010 so thought I would pop a quick post up about it.

Cyber Security Challenge UK will work with recognised experts to develop a series of professional ‘games’ that replicate the problems cyber security professionals have to deal with every day. They will require contestants to use all their talent and know-how.

To successfully proceed to the next round of each challenge contestants will be required to display quick, intelligent and creative thinking and the potential to develop the cyber security skills the UK needs to employ. Competitions will be open to all ages and skills levels, some will be targeted at school leavers and undergraduate students. Successful candidates can expect places in regional workshops and the best will receive offers of scholarships, places in mentoring schemes within leading private and public sector organisations and other career enhancing opportunities. It doesn’t stop there, ongoing communications will keep contestants informed about the best cyber security courses and jobs, with some contestants being introduced to the appropriate colleges and employers for their skill set.

For more information on the UK Cyber Security Challenge and to get involved visit the site.