Feb 29 2008
RSA 2007 was a lot of fun. I was working with Podtech covering the event from different vendor booths, I got to wander around with a press pass and be bothered by marketing folks every other step and I had just resigned from a job I was extremely frustrated with. And then there was this little event called the Security Bloggers Meetup that garnered a little attention and spawned the much maligned “59 Top Influencers in IT Security” list. We had a blast last year, and as much as I wish I could take credit for organizing the event, Rich Mogull did most of the work and I just stepped in at the last moment when he had to bow out due to pressure from his (now former) employer.
Last year’s event was a ton of fun, and this year’s promises to be even better. We already have more bloggers signed up to attend than last year and I’m sure more will be coming as the date draws closer. Quite frankly, I won’t be surprised if we end up exceeding the capacity of our venue, even though this is an invitation only event. If you are a security blogger, podcaster or something else that can be vaguely called ‘social media’, contact Jennifer and get your own invite. But do it soon!
There’s two things I’m especially excited by for this year’s blogger meetup: We have an official page on the RSA website and the Network Security Podcast will be covering the event live, with video and live interviews at the event. The folks at RSA have recognized the value of and, for lack of a better term, influence bloggers have on the security scene and are whole-heartedly embracing the event this year. There’s even a Twitter feed (@RSABloggers2008) for up to the minute information on the event.
For those of you who can’t make it to RSA this year, Rich and I will be covering the event live with streaming video, provided there are no technical difficulties. I’m working on ironing as many of those out as possible before April 9th. Don’t be surprised if you see one or two video’s pop up here in the near future as I’m figuring out how to make my camera and various microphones work with my Mac Book Pro. We’ll be doing interviews with various bloggers, podcasters and any other security folks who manage to find their way into the party. Just don’t expect us to take it too seriously, since we want to have fun too! After the event, the video will be posted on the RSA website and probably on the sites of many of the people who attended. If I can find the time, I’ll edit it down from the two hours of recording to the 15 minutes of real content we get.
I’m jazzed to be part of this event for the second year in a row. And we’re already talking about the 2009 meet-up. Thanks to StillSecure, Fortinet and Microsoft for sponsoring the event and allowing us to be able to talk to our peers, compare notes and drink. I’m not much of a drinker, but I may have to make an exception this year. Once we turn the cameras off that is.
If you’re a blogger and haven’t already signed up for an RSA press pass, do so soon. And if you happen to be on the East Coast, there’s another event coming up, SOURCE Boston that’s also looking to give bloggers press passes. How long until we see something like a ‘social media pass’?