Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fast-Track Not for the weak...

As many of you know I've invested a ton of time and effort into an open-source tool called Fast-Track. I won't get into the nitty gritty details about the inner-workings of the tool, but it has gotten heavy backing lately in the security community. I present at all the normal ISSA, ISACA, Infraguard, OWASP, Defcon, Shmoocon, INFOSEC, HTCIA, NOTACON conferences and try to portray my knowledge and vision in security to other people. SecureState puts on free seminars and is one of the thought leaders in the information security realm. Our goal is to help our customers but also present the "SecureState Way" in security. With any popularity you always get the select few that don't understand, lack experience, or perceive themselves above everyone else. Fast-Track isn't just a small side project for me, its been something that I take great pride in and invested a considerable amount of time to better the security community. For the one person out there that talks negatively about Fast-Track through podcasts, to others, and not directly towards us really show an individuals true colors. I open the comments section to anyone that's got a gripe with me and Fast-Track and we can do some fun internet blogging wars! :P This post is really directed at one person... If you wish to remain hidden and in the shadows I would cease on what you do, or I can really start to embarrass you publicly in front of thousands of people :-)


Chris Clymer said...

Based on the email I received earlier, I assume this is directed towards me. I've made a running joke of mentioning "Fast-Track" frequently when your name arises in conversation. Over the past year you've given numerous talks in this area covering "Fast-Track", and my comments were meant as a good-natured ribbing referencing how closely you've connected yourself with "Fast-Track."

Clearly I've not chosen my words very carefully, and underestimated how these comments might be construed, particularly when the person in question is one I scarcely know myself. In retrospect, its clear that this got out of hand in last months podcast.

Its obvious that you take a lot of pride in "Fast-Track", and have put quite a bit of your own effort into something being given away to the community. I don't mean to minimize your contributions here, you deserve kudos for investing your own spare time into the project.

I'd be happy to discuss this further over a beer at Notacon. I can certainly be an ignorant jerk much of the time, hopefully I can make it clear that comments I've made were not made with any malicious intent towards you.

Dave Kennedy said...


Appreciate the feedback and no offense taken. On my end I know your name well just never really met in-person and couldn't figure out where the rub was between us. No big deal and I really appreciate the response back. First round of beers is on me at Notacon! I just hope if I start drinking there isn't a repeat of ShmooCon, just warning you in advance.