Jul 27 2010

Headed to Vegas!

Published by at 6:31 am under General,Hacking,Social Networking

Well, not quite; I have a few more hours of getting packed and work before I head to the airport, but close enough.  But around lunch, I’ll be throwing all my stuff in the trunk of the car and heading for Las Vegas, Black Hat, Defcon and BSides!  I find this trio of events to be my favorite get together of security professionals.  Black Hat has the slightly more serious, business oriented presentations, Defcon tends to be a bit outrages and inflammatory, while BSides is the new kid who’s experimenting with different formats and venues.  If you’re a security professional of almost any stripe and you’re not at least petitioning to attend these events, you need to start.  The networking opportunities alone are worth the cost and when you throw what you learn about current threats, it’s not that difficult to justify, especially BSides and Defcon.  Tell your boss you heard about an amazing panel going on Sunday at noon called PCI, Compromising Controls and Compromising Security.

Whether you’re going or not, Rob McMillan over at IDG has done a good job of summarizing some of the key stories you should be watching come out  of Vegas this week.  I should be able to get interviews with at least a few of the people giving these talks, so keep an eye out here and the podcast page for this year’s series of microcasts.  Or if you hate those, you might just want to unsubscribe until next week.  In fact, if you don’t want to hear about the events going on in Vegas this week, you just might want to stop reading most security blogs, Twitter, Facebook, blogs and most other social media outlets security folks use for a little while. 

Following the twitter stream, it’s easy to see that there are a lot of security professionals eager to get to Las Vegas, meet with old friends, make new ones and get the party started.  And the parties really are an integral part of the the whole experience.  If nothing else, try making it to the IOActive Freakshow Saturday night; if last year is any example of what they have planned for this year, it’ll be worth it if only so you can say you saw it.  Just be careful how much you drink and what you say, you don’t want to be this year’s example of someone who ignored that cardinal rule.

So much for seeing eight hours of sleep a night for at least a week.

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