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E3 2010 Day 2

Posted in General on June 16, 2010 by Will

Second day and at the south hall. Booths are much bigger here. Pics are updated and linked.


E3 2010 day 1

Posted in General on June 15, 2010 by Will

Pics of the first hall and the booths outside of the halls.  I’ll figure out how to update the text on the pictures soon.

What’s in a name.

Posted in General on April 5, 2010 by Will

I was writing my blog and I was struggling with the name of token.  I mean every day I say DIGIPASS or token, but I realized that most of my readers have no idea what a DIGIPASS is (unless they have talked to me).  So I started calling them Authenticator’s.  Everyone in the gaming space knows this name now, thanks to Blizzard.  But I still get the random person that only knows the token device as an RSA SecurID (…”that we used way back in the day at some obscure high security government job…” I love those stories).  So I thought I’d put together a quick post on all of the names I have heard so far for one of these simple little devices:

  • Token (I remember when I first started at VASCO and people thought I was talking about token ring networks).
  • One Time Password device
  • Password Generation Device
  • RSA SecurID
  • Security Token
  • Security Dongle (shouldn’t this be something you plug into your pc?)
  • Security FOB (or just FOB, which sounds like you have something stuck in your throat)
  • Two-factor Authentication Device
  • Blizzard Authenticator
  • ….and probably more…

Me personally, I’ll probably stick with Authenticator or token or DIGIPASS (if you’re a customer).  I remember getting the email with the logo for the new Blizzard “Authenticators” (internally we were pushing for “Security Assistant”, Authenticator is so much sexier, hence why I am not in marketing…lol).  So pretty much after that day, they will always be known as Authenticators to me.

Blog titles gone wrong.

Posted in General on March 30, 2010 by Will

As I was working on figuring out what to call my blog I went through a bunch of names. I started with Gaming Security Notes, everyone thought it was dry (including myself). I spoke to a close friend of mine that I haven’t seen in forever, she was a guild mate in Everquest in a guild I ran back then. She suggested Iweil Says…, I liked this one, but I’m sure no one would ever know what it meant unless you talked to me about my life as an online gamer (my in game name was randomly chosen in EQ as Iweil, I have used it ever since for all of my MMO’s). Finally my technical team here in Westborough came up with “…And things like that”, in honor of my infamous interview.

If you haven’t read the interview, your head will thank you later. It wasn’t one of my finest performances. 2 days on the floor at BlizzCon, caught right before an Ozzy show, it was pretty much the best I could muster. At the end of pretty much every line I added the quote “and stuff like that”. I think finally cleaned up the interview a little bit, as I just re-read it and it’s not half as bad as I remember it. Either way, most people I know will never let me live this down, and to tell you the truth I’m not sure I want to.

Either way, My blog links are:

Hopefully they will have the same stories on both…but…we never know.

Welcome to Gaming Security ..And Things Like That

Posted in General on March 26, 2010 by Will

So welcome to my blog. I’ve been asked a few times to create one, but to be honest, I just never thought I would have the time. Over the last few weeks there have been a few things going on in my industry that finally got me to the point of actually wanting to write things down. 

So first things first, I work for VASCO Data Security, INC. This blog does not reflect the views of VASCO, and it is not actually affiliated with VASCO in any way. I’m not here to try to sell you on security or to tell you how VASCO can make your life better. I’m hopefully here to add information on what I see as being an industry professional working in the gaming space.

Here’s a quick rundown on what I think I’m going to be writing about:

  • General Security Concepts
  • Interesting Security Threats
  • Security Technology (Past, Present and Future)

And whatever else seems to fit in those areas. (I maintain that I am very scatter brained and my mind wanders so you could end up with a little bit of everything if this goes well)

I play games, I’ve played games for years. I’ve beta tested more games and software programs than I have fingers and toes. I can read and write code, but I have never done it for a 3d game. I have done it for web site and flash games and other things like that. I have worked in the online industry since 1992 (yeah that’s not that long ago, but I still remember my first MUD). I live and breath online security today for all kinds of applications. This blog will hopefully be a collection of notes on the my experiences and a working space for discussions around those experiences.

I guess I’ll fill in my bio soon too as I’m sure it will help everyone understand more about my mindset and where I come from. Needless to say, just because I’ve been doing this for a while doesn’t mean that everything I say or do is law. So please leave me comments and let’s have an open discussion. If you don’t like the way I describe something and think you can do it better, great let’s hear it. I work and play better when people talk to me. So let’s see if we can get a lively bunch of readers and really add some interest to the security world.

I’ll post my first real write up shortly and then we can see where we go from there.