Mar 20 2014
Next month is Infosecurity Europe here in London, taking place from 29 April until 1 May, as well as BSides London on 29 April. I’ve never had the chance to go to either event and I’m really looking forward to my first time. Another event that’s happening alongside both of these is the European Security Bloggers Meetup at the Teck Pub (appropriately named place for our group). Many people may not know it, but I’ve been one of the people organizing the RSA Security Bloggers Meetup from the very start and I’ve been the MC for almost every single one. So I’m very excited to see how the event translates to London and the European community. I know it won’t be the same event, which is why I want to go. Brian Honan is hosting with a little help from Jack Daniel and Tenable Security, which pretty much guaruntees this will be a most interesting shindig.
One of the aspects of the Meetup since the second or third year has been the recognition of bloggers and podcasters by the security community, the Security Bloggers Awards. As one of the organizers of the Security Bloggers Meetup, I’ve always held my blog and my podcast as being out of the running for any recognition in the RSA version of these awards. I didn’t want there to be any potential conflict of interest with the awards, so it was easier to opt out of the competition all together. Some people might say it’s because I feared folks like the Security Weekly Podcast and Exotic Liability taking the awards even with my competition, but I’m going to stick with my story of conflict of interests.
But a funny thing happened last year; I moved my family to London. Which means I’m now a European blogger and podcaster. And since I have absolutely nothing to do with the European Security Bloggers Meetup or the European Information Security Bloggers Awards, I feel free to compete and do my best as a transplant to take whatever awards I can wrest away from the natives! It also helps that the only ‘competition’ here in the UK that I know of are the Eurotrash Security Podcast and Finux Tech Weekly. And I’m pretty sure you have to have actually posted within the last year and you can’t have any pictures of WickedClownUK in spandex. Not just can’t have them on your site, you can’t even be in possession of them. Since the ‘rules’ of this competition are … well, non-existant, if I can convince voters of these requirements, it helps my efforts.
So go vote for Rich, Zach and me as the hosts of the Network Security Podcasts for Best European Security Podcast of 2014! Sure, I’m the only one of the three of us that actually lives in Europe. Yes, I’m not really European, I’m an American transplant. But none of that is nearly as important as not letting Chris John Riley win the award! So vote early, vote often, and just vote for the Network Security Podcast! Or at least go vote, since I’m not really all that attached to winning an award, truth be told.
Hmmm, vote for the Network Security Blog as the Best Personal Security Blog too while you’re there. Maybe I do care about awards after all.