The goal of my action is changing things and setting things in motion. It is not looking for ways to earn more money or to promote myself. The goal is a public service.
To change things you have to change laws and to set the necessary institutions and organisations into place and to make those that could be responsable act as if they are.
We have been doing this from this blog and this information in Belgium. Some of the Belgian security bloggers have even set up Brucon.org which is the first ITsecurity event in Belgium. I hope it helps pushing more people to do things, to do research and to have open discussions about the risks of all those new cyberpossibilities if you don't take security as a basis of your design (and not as an afterthought).
More news will follow in the coming days, but this blogaction is closing down. It has been a very interesting last 5 years (ekz, ITenquirer, belsec) but as new opportunities arrive by which we can do much more with less effort and with more authority, we are obliged to take them and use them. It would be irresponsable for us not to take that opportunity.
If it proves to be a fata morgana, we will be back again, no doubt about that.
Secondly, there is now a National CERT in preparation and it is up for that CERT with people who are paid to do their job to do their job and it is up for the parliament and the stakeholders to see to it that they are doing their job as they are supposed to do. They shouldn't be thinking for a second that they only have to do a little more than me or just use what is being used here. They have to do it by themselves. They are paid to do it, they are intelligent enough to do it, so they just should do it. And no excuses. This is not a job for volunteers who have other things like jobs and families and a private life to think about. Volunteers come and go, while a national CERT should be there to stay.
Thirdly It should be clear to everyone that I can't be Belsec and the new positions at the same time. It should be clear that this is for everyone a new beginning of a continuing battle for a secure internet in Belgium and that old disputes and thoughts are a thing of the past and that we will all have to work together in some form or another to get this going, one step at a time. So it is better to stop the Belsec thing altogether so it is clear for everyone that the Belsec period - as an activist provocateur period - is over and that the time of searching for practical solutions and propositions has started. Something we also have already proposed during the hearings in our parliament.
Those who have contacted me in the last years will receive soon an email with more information and a proposition to join me in this new opportunity to get things changing a bit faster than we are used to in cyberworld here.
I loved every minute of it and I appreciated the millions of visitors the last years.
I am sure that the other Belgian security bloggers and brucon will continue to do their thing. If there are people who want to start also a security blog in Belgium they should get into contact with brucon.org.
ps some resources will not be updated anymore and some will be deleted. The idea is also that new and more tools and resources will be available for members of the organisation.