Sex, Lies and Instant Messenger and How to think about Security


Alec Muffett, Security Consultant

Thursday 22 September 2011 – 7:30pm

Venue: Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3QG

Two talks in one! The first, an investigation into the security failures of modern communications from the perspective of adulterous liaisons, and the second, a review of security perspectives which debunk the myths of “Cybersecurity”.

Part 1: Sex, Lies and Instant Messaging

Adultery is one of the oldest of human preoccupations, but the modern world of social networking and instant messaging is ill-suited to discreet and deniable infidelities. In this talk we will describe what can go wrong with your intra-affair communications, how to avoid such mistakes, and what lessons can be learned from them.

Part 2: Thinking clearly about Security, or: Why Cybersecurity is Rubbish

“Cyberspace” is considered by many – in both governments and pundit industries – to be the next great battleground for warfare; this perspective is based upon a 1980s sci-fi metaphor which does not stand up to scrutiny, and thus the entire enterprise of “cybersecurity” is at best ill-explained, and at worst entirely fictitious.

About Alec Muffett

Alec is a blogger, speaker and computer and network security consultant who has been working in that field almost constantly since 1988. More information about Alec can be found at his website

Event Information

The meeting is on Thursday 22 September, 7.00 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.

It will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.

Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm.

Meetings are open to non-members and free.