Javvad won “Most Entertaining Security Blogger” at RSA 2013. We had to check that out! Turns out, his security videos ROCK! He explains really dry, boring and complicated security topics in a fun and completely palatable way. Plus, with the videos, no pesky reading is involved
KB: HOW DID YOU GET STARTED BLOGGING?
JM: In the beginning, I viewed blogging more like therapy. This was when I used to blog anonymously and it felt very liberating to be able to get topics out there and realize there were many others out there who shared the same frustrations and observations. But after that, it became a great way for me to interact with my peers and learn from them.
KB: WHY DO YOU USE VIDEO BLOGS?
JM: I’ve always been a TV / movie kind of person and always appreciated it. I’m also a big fan of youtube, and follow many vloggers. I found myself being drawn to the concept that if someone can make a highly entertaining 3 minute video on the latest Justin Beiber hair product, then surely someone can make an entertaining, yet informative video on an important topic like information security. I couldn’t really find anyone who operated in this space, so I dusted off my camera lens and thought I’d give it a go myself. Now, videos have become my preferred method of blogging.
KB: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TOPICS? Can we get a sneak preview of some upcoming topics?
JM: I really enjoy it when I can take a technical concept and present it in a video that makes sense to a broad audience, for example the video I done illustrating the difference between encryption, hashing and salting (http://youtu.be/FYfMZx2hy_8) was very well received, as was a recent video on SQL injection (http://youtu.be/exYT62Kmn4U) – over the year I plan to work through other such similar topics, i.e. the OWASP top 10.
KB: ARE THERE TOPICS YOU WON'T COVER (FOR SECURITY REASONS?)
JM: Not so much for a security reason, but I tend to stay away from topics that involve hacktivism or “state sponsored attacks”. I feel these kinds of political issues are best suited for those people who actually have some expertise in intelligence or politics. I have experience in neither, so like to keep my opinions restricted to those topics that I actually do understand. I don’t want to be that firewall admin who ends up on CNN talking about how country x is using cyber-warfare to build nuclear warheads.
KB: WHAT IS YOUR READERSHIP LIKE? iS IT SECURITY PROFESSIONALS, OR ALL IT PEOPLE?
JM: The core of the readership is security professionals. My videos do have a slightly wider reach though, being popular with those new to security or having an interest in security.
KB: WHAT ARE YOUR MOST POPULAR TOPICS OF LATE?
JM: The SQL injection video was quite popular, as was a video I done on the cookie law (http://www.j4vv4d.com/video/cookies-and-european-laws/) – oh and the continuing story of santa getting hacked every Christmas is always popular http://www.j4vv4d.com/movies/santa-gets-hacked-the-aftermath/
KB: TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
JM: Nothing of note really. I own some exercise equipment at home that serve as convenient places to hang clothes to dry, dread getting the kids ready for school in the morning, and dread the school holidays even more. I enjoy watching fictional movies but reading non-fictional books.