Healthy Paranoia Show 12: The Saga of Terry Childs

Announcing the latest episode of Healthy Paranoia from Mrs. Y featuring the case of Terry Childs, the infamous former Network Administrator arrested for refusing to provide passwords for San Francisco’s FiberWAN system to management. She’s joined by Jeana Pieralde, Chief Security Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, along with two members of the Packetpushers executive board, Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks.* Stay tuned for a Kickstarter project to fund the Lifetime Channel movie.

Show Notes:

Terry Childs Wikipedia entry

“After verdict, debate rages in Terry Childs case” from Computerworld

“Terry Childs juror explains why he voted to convict” from Network World

“A year after Terry Childs case, privileged user problem grows” from Computerworld

“Judge Won’t Lower $5M Bail for SF IT Administrator” from PC World

The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

Daniel Goleman and Emotional Intelligence

Kasper Search

*This program contains excessive literary references, unnecessary sarcasm, lefty-British politics, and possibly gratuitous references to unicorns. Parental discretion is advised.

Mrs. Y
Mrs. Y is a recovering Unix engineer working in network security. Also the host of Healthy Paranoia and official nerd hunter. She likes long walks in hubsites, traveling to security conferences and spending time in the Bat Cave. Sincerely believes that every problem can be solved with a "for" loop. When not blogging or podcasting, can be found using up her 15 minutes in the Twittersphere or Google+ as @MrsYisWhy.
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  • What Lies Beneath

    The best show I’ve heard so far. Hilarious, scary, unbelievable and a superb mix of topics and guests.

  • marc edwards

    Jeana Pieralde at 30:59 explains how things differ in private sector. Since working both I concur there are differences. Vast differences but I do think it a bit presumptuous on jumping to conclusions of how private business might handle the situation when compared to the public sector “obligations”. IMHO private sector companies would have early on seen certain behaviors as triggers prompting on terminating some one sociopathic sooner when compared to public servants who view their jobs as ‘lifetime appointements’.

    • Mrs. Y.

      Not so sure. I think it depends upon the company. I’ve been in private realm for the last couple of years and been confronted by worse “entitlement mentality” than the EDU realm. I think it depends upon the size of the company and employment law in the state where it’s located.

  • Nuno

    Loved the podcast. I closely followed the Terry Childs case back when it was happening and found it very fascinating. It’s nice to get the perspective of someone that worked with him.

  • mdea

    I heard the latest that Jeana was removed from her position when the new CIO came in. Apparently he wanted all his direct reports to relocate their office near him and all managers had to take public transportation in lieu of a city car. Sounds like she has issues with being managed too.

    • DT Employee

      You have your Jeana and Gina mixed up.

      • Jeana Pieralde

        Whatever DT Employee this is, Thank you. I, Jeana with a “J”, am still employed by the City and County of San Francisco as the CISO.