Thar Desert Camping

The crew just staggered in from the desert, back to the comfort of the hotel after a crazy night out in the dunes.

We took a “safari” with a short one hour camel ride – the dromerdary was not really high on anyone’s must do list so we went short on that. This was a lot more boys camping that fancy tents and tourist “gypsy dancers”.

And you can’t beat a hand cooked japatti, and some dall over an open fire. We tried Boogly for the first time – I can’t reliably describe it as it’s a cross between a fried savoy snack and a crunchy pasta noodle. Huddled around the fire eating off the production line was quite something. The chicken tika pieces were to die for. Just knockout camp chow for what turned out to be the coldest day in a century.

This was by far not the most comfortable night ever, but the stars were just amazing and the long night took on an challenge rating. The blankets weighed 20-odd pounds – really; the sand was as hard as board – which was odd, why not soft and grainy; and the wind blew cold, cold late in the night as the weather closed in. A warm start turned into cold finish as Northern India broke through a century-old cold weather record. Past midnight it was almost wet outside – but not frozen. Five coffin-like pods curled up in a row, really feeling the weight and the warmth of what feel like a mattres.

And now, from the warmth of my hotel bed, with the prospect of a cold night out there I think I might stay in bed with my socks on. As maybe a 1000 booming new years bahangra parties get ready to spark all over the city I might just stay in for new years. It’s dam comfetable and warm inside a 15th century fortress, wrapped up in bed with a cup of hot chia…

Identity Attack Vectors

My book on Identity Attack vectors is finally in print at Apress and available from Amazon here. It was fun writing this with Morey – his third book in a series. I’m glad he asked me to join him on the book, it turned out to be a really fun project and overall experience. If you know Morey, he’s a pleasure to work with and super smart guy, so I had it easy!

The book covers where and how Identity management technology (and more specifically Identity Governance and Privileged Account Management) are an attack point AND how this key security technology can be used as a significant point in prevention, detection and mitigation of attack. Chapter 7 covers a pretty decent breakdown on the Identity Governance process. It covers what IGA is and how best to approach it – soup to nuts.

We’re doing a book release webinar on February 4th and a book signing event during RSA on Thursday 27th at the Thirsty Bear at noon in San Fransisco. I’ll re-post a link for the signing event as soon as I have it.

Rickshaw Run 2020

Imagine yourself and 4 friends in two single donkey powered rolling tin cans, desperately trying to traverse India…

Well, I’ve committed to help drive two auto rickshaws across the Indian sub-continent from Jaisalmer in the far north to Kochi is the far south. This unsupported run of over 2,600 kms must be completed within 14 days. There is no set route, no back-up and no way of knowing if we’re going to make it. The only certainty is we will get lost, we will get stuck and we probably will break down!

At the time, this seemed like a sensible way to raise funds and awareness for Athletics for Kids and Cool Earth – now I’m not so sure ☺  But thanks to SailPoint and our other corporate sponsors, we are well on our way to meeting our fund-raising goals, so we’re going for it!  You can help, by contributing to the cause or by simply following along here or on the SailPoint blog page – I’ll be sending in regular updates as we traverse the country.

There’s a PDF flyer with the proposed journey and information on our selected benefiting charities available here and (giving links below).  If you’re based at the SailPoint Pune office, we’re planning to stop by – hopefully Wednesday the 8th of January – fingers crossed we make it on time and stay on three (yes that’s three) wheels!

Cool Earth –  https://www.coolearth.org/campaigns/31235/rickshaw-run-india-january-2020/

Athletics for Kids: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/athletics-for-kids-financial-assistance-bc-society/p2p/rickshaw-run/