Jun 26 2008

Looking forward to Black Hat 2008

Published by at 7:33 am under Hacking

Black Hat 2008 is fast approaching, and I’m really looking forward to it. And as a bit of a teaser, there’s a “Forbidden Sneak Peek” webinar this afternoon. Unluckily, I’ll be boarding a plane somewhere about half way through the presentation, but I’m hoping to get a good enough signal in the airport to at least watch the beginning of the event.

I’m also looking forward to seeing a lot of friends and security professionals I only get to see a couple of times a year. Christofer Hoff will be giving a talk on virtualization; there’s a strange rumor that he may be doing it as interpretive dance. Jeremiah Grossman is co-presenter on all the dangers of Web 2.0 and the dangers of the business logic presently in use. Hacker Court will be in full swing once again, I just hope there are no pictures of Simple Nomad this year. And Johnathan Squire will be giving a talk on UPnP, which will probably go over my head, but will be full of energy and information none the less.

There’s also going to be a lot of opportunities to talk to other security bloggers and podcasters throughout the week. Alan will be there, Mike Murray better be there, and I’m hoping some of my friends like Michael Farnum and Cutaway will be able to drive up from Texas to visit, especially since Cutaway is organizing a team for the L0st challenge at Defcon over the weekend. It’ll also be the second time Rich and I have had a chance to meet face to face since we started podcasting together.

Speaking of podcasting, Rich and I are starting to formulate our plans for the event. We got a lot of positive feedback from the ‘microcasts’ we did at RSA 2008 and we plan on doing more of the same for Black Hat and Defcon. Rich is helping out at both events and I’ve applied for a press pass, so we should have some really good opportunities to interview speakers and other interesting people at both events. I’m going to take my Canon HD video camera in addition to my H4 Zoom, so I may even get more video this year. I know I’m going to be taking time to hang out at the Lock Pick Village again, especially since that ended up being some of the most popular video I ever did.

Black Hat and Defcon are both great opportunities to learn, meet people, and generally have a great time. Not to mention get a little drinking in at night. Really, please don’t mention that last part to my wife and kids, who might end up joining me for a day or two in Vegas. Well, at least they’ll be there somewhere while I learn, meet people, drink and have a great time.

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Looking forward to Black Hat 2008”

  1. Mike Murrayon 26 Jun 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Oh, don’t you worry… I’ll be there. I’m speaking at Defcon with Lee. 😉

    Besides, I wouldn’t miss the parties for anything.

  2. billyon 26 Jun 2008 at 3:46 pm

    I might be going the year hopefully can’t wait 😉

  3. Michael Farnumon 26 Jun 2008 at 6:03 pm

    The problem with BlackHat is that it falls on or around my second son’s birthday every year, so I can’t go (I always make sure I am home and off on my kids’ birthdays). If they would just move it by just a week or so, I would attend it rather than RSA. I would really love to be there.

  4. Don Cliftonon 17 Jul 2008 at 5:51 pm


    I know what you mean and good for you! I waited 20 years till I was out of the military to have kids so I would be there for them :). My son’s B-Day is coming soon Happy B-Day.

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