This week we had a chance to talk to Jeff Moss, the founder of a couple minor security events, Black Hat and Defcon. Of course some would say that they’re the biggest social events of the year, along with having the best presentations on cutting edge security research, but what do they know. A lot apparently, given the number of security professionals and hackers who’ll be be making the trip to Las Vegas at the end of July to attend both of these events.
Jeff was recently asked to be a part of the Homeland Security Advisor Council, a diverse group of sixteen individuals who will be advising the DHS and Secretary Napolitano on the security concerns they’re seeing in the real world. This group includes Govenors, both past and present, Mayors, CEO’s and Presidents, though Mr. Moss is the only computer security expert. Jeff is still learning about what this really means, but we spent a significant part of the interview talking about what it means and the agendas he personally would like to see pushed at the DHS. One of his big concerns is the tradeoff we’re making between security and privacy and if anyone is taking steps to measure those tradeoffs.