Host Unknown, the undisputed global leader in information-security based videos made by three random men based mostly out of London has gained critical acclaim with its latest song created during lockdown.
Already an established acting team, the group rose up the musical charts with their hit single in 2014, “I’m a C I Double S P“, this was followed up by 2016’s “Accepted the Risk”, and subsequently by 2019’s “Lost All the Money”.
The trio’s latest video, ‘The Zoom Song‘ is an original track inspired by hip hop artists of yesteryear. But beyond the smooth lyrics, is a message which resonates with anyone that has been trapped on endless video calls and virtual events over the last year.
Sole Founder Javvad Malik explained why making this song at this time was so important. “People everywhere are struggling. The boundary between home and work has been completely eradicated and someone needed to shine a light on it. After Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, I believe this is the most important song of our generation.
Adding his views, sole founder Thom Langford said, “I am all about giving people what they want and what they need. This song is exactly what they need, and I got to deliver it without being in the same room as these other two. I call that a win-win”.
Sole Founder Andrew Agnês added, “Slipping the animator £20 to make me look slimmer was the best money I spent all year.”
Host Unknown is an information security educational / entertainment group from London, England. It was the pioneer and most significant popularisers of Infosec-Rap and is widely considered one of the seminal groups (based in London) in the history of information security. The group has endured controversy owing to their lyrics which many security managers viewed as being disrespectful of their trade, as well as its glorification of certifications and risk management. The group was subsequently banned from many IRC and sub-Reddit channels and have been snubbed at multiple Pwnie Awards. In spite of this, the group has amassed a huge and loyal following.
RSA 2020 was the last conference that two of our sole founders attended in person. This was in line with the HU corporate policy of not allowing all three sole founders to travel to the same place at the same time.
Many esteemed security professionals attended, and our corporate mailbox exceeded its quota following all the positive feedback.
Undoubtedly the absolute best session I co-moderated at RSA2020
We here at HU have a policy to liberate knowledge. So after months of poking, prodding, bribing, threatening and begging, our sole founders took all that they learnt from that session, including the hours upon hours of research they conducted in the lead up – and distilled it all into this one document for your reading pleasure. Answering once and for all the question, how technical does a CISO actually need to be?
YouTube may have blocked and taken our the global security smash hit music video “Lost all the Money” – but the fine chaps were not deterred. An external consultant may or may not have been involved in finding the workaround. Putting technicalities aside, the video has now been uploaded to our blogging platform for your viewing pleasure.
Don’t ever say we don’t go the extra mile for you.
In a coup for Host Unknown, an exclusive behind the scenes film has been made by renowned documentary filmmaker Charlie “Chaz” Langford (no relation to Host Unknown sole founder Thom Langford), giving a warts and all view of exactly what it takes to get three middle-aged men to dance and sing without losing their balance or control of major bodily functions.
The film explores the real reason why three music videos have been made, and how the magical dynamic between the trio works. The creative process is laid bare, as the documentary explores each of the member’s incentives and passion for the information security craft and how they bring their unique stance to a tired and staid industry.
Andrew, the Sole Founder of Host Unknown gives a never before look into the makeup artists role in his on-screen appearances, while Javad (Sole Founder) shares his desire for a better world through (his) charitable work.
One key sequence shows two of the trio searching for some hard to find relief, a perfect allegory for their yearning desire to find the perfect golden opportunity to release their pent up creative powers in a torrent of memes, tropes and inevitable stereotypes to further pollinate a sometimes dull and witless industry.
In all, the viewer is left in thrall to the visionary prowess of these three gentlemen, and is left asking themselves, “when is the next one coming out?”.