As security professionals, it's our responsibility to maintain awareness about the goings on within the security space. It might include doing our research and reading all the publications, or emails from friends, colleagues and even family. For those who fancy a bit more organization, maybe just crawling LinkedIn, Reddit, or Google Alert feeds on a daily basis. In any case, you're bound to come across a litany of articles about security vulnerabilities, strategies, and threats. The most recent collection of interesting tidbits are those relating to the backdoors identified in some of the top firewall technologies (Juniper, Fortinet, and possibly others). I found myself scrolling through my own LinkedIn feed while waiting on the tarmac returning from a recent trip, when I received another email about the latest backdoor issue. Since I had nowhere else to be for the next few hours, I decided this was a good time to try and wrap my head around it all and maybe discern more than just a little ammunition for the obligatory security small talk at the next industry event. So with the hum of jet engines and the faint glow of the overhead cabin lights, I went to work.