A Review: Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020

“The government pretty much sucks at everything” — Ben Shapiro The cyber security industry is under attack. However, instead of communist China being the threat actor, the Australian federal government is the threat actor. The federal government proposes to protect citizens’ data from China by acting like China: Compelling companies that run critical infrastructure to…

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Advice for New Cyber Security Professionals

“Complexity is the worst enemy of security, and our systems are getting more complex all the time” — Bruce Schneier Don’t Report to a Non-Security Manager You’re new to the industry. You’re looking for mentorship, leadership, and you’re eager to learn. Your boss isn’t a cyber security professional. Maybe he’s been given cyber security as…

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Should Victorians be Forced to Wear Facemasks?

“He who gives up freedom for security deserves neither” — Benjamin Franklin Legal Authority The legal authority for the Victorian government forcing Victorians to wear masks is covered in this article. In short, the State of Emergency grants the Chief Health Office broad powers, including the following: “Give any other direction that the authorised officer considers is…

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A Libertarian Critique of Libertarianism

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have” — Thomas Jefferson Two events happened over the last week that made me question libertarianism: Jo Jorgensen’s — the Libertarian Party candidate for the President of the USA — tweets and the Friedman 8 liberty conference. I…

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Courage During COVID-19: Why I Quit my Job

“A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting” — Russell H Ewing Having worked in cyber security for 15+ years, I know what is normal and what is abnormal. Normal…

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Why I Left the Left Two Years Ago

“The Left is no longer liberal” — Dave Rubin In June, 2013, Edward Snowden’s mass surveillance revelations were released to the world. In June, 2013, I had no idea whatsoever about politics. I had voted for centre-right parties prior to 2013, simply because I was promised a tax cuts. But I couldn’t have told you…

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Only Trump has the Balls to Tackle China and the WHO

“It’s not racist at all; it [COVID-19] comes from China” — President Trump Love him or hate him, only President Trump has the balls to tackle China and the World Health Organisation. Trump swept to victory in 2016 promising, amongst other things, to tackle China’s US currency manipulation, China’s intellectual property thief, and promising to…

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Freedom over Government Surveillance: I’m not Installing the Government’s COVID-19 app

“If something is free, you’re not the customer; you’re the product” — Bruce Schneier The Australian government is planning to release a contact tracing mobile app to combat COVID-19. The app is based on TraceTogether, which was developed by the Singaporean government. The code for TraceTogether has been shared with the Australian government, although the…

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