By Bill Brenner
February 07, 2009
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Security practitioners used to be seen as
propeller-hat wearing introverts hunched over computers in dark, cold
basements for weeks on end, shunning daylight and anyone who tried to
start a conversation with them. But times have changed.
Thanks to the blogosphere, social networking sites and podcasting made
easy, many security pros are taking on a much more public persona,
becoming near-rock stars. Evidence of this can be seen in abundance at
the ShmooCon 2009 security gathering in the nation's capital this
One example was a Friday lunch gathering of the Security Twits -- a
growing group of security pros who communicate with each other and the
rest of the world via the Twitter micro blogging site. Another example
was an evening meet-up of security podcasters.
True, many security pros still prefer the quiet, isolated life. It's
also true that the introvert tag was never a fair fit for many people.
But several conference attendees acknowledged theirs has become a much
more public profession. It's a necessity, they say. To truly improve
security, people need to be out there communicating the threats computer
users face and how to take the proper defenses.
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