Oct 31 2008
The chances of me making it to the CSI 2008 conference are so slim as to be non-existent. Like many companies, mine has told us not to plan on attending any events we’re not speaking at for the foreseeable future. Which is not to be unexpected in these turbulent financial times. Plus, I don’t really want to take a cross-country flight at the moment, even if it meant I could see some of my friends who’ll be there. I’ll have to wait for RSA next year I guess, since Shmoocon is also out right now.
On the other hand, if you’re on the East coast and still have some budget to spend on training, here’s a little something to help you out: Alan Shimel worked with the folks at CSI and they’ve given the Security Bloggers Network a discount code to get you 25% off the entry fee. Simply type in ‘BLOG25‘ when it asks for a discount code and you’ll save your company 1/4 of the cost of entry. I’ve always found my bosses more willing to approve training when they think I’m getting it at a discount. Of course, press passes have helped a lot in the past too.
I suspect my employer isn’t the only one who’s put the kabosh on training, at least temporarily. And I would also hazard a guess that a lot of conventions are going to have a hard time filling seats while companies are bracing themselves for the financial impact of a slowing economy. It’s too bad that so many bosses don’t realize how critical training is to our profession and that training such as CSI can often end up saving the company money in the long run.
Keep your eyes open, I may have a bit more to say about CSI in the not so distant future.