DerbyCon 2013

My trip started out rough.  The guy I was supposed to stay with fell ill and couldn’t make it.  I ended up staying across the river in Clarksville.  I’d advise against it if you like to walk.  I didn’t feel safe walking back at night.  I stopped at the Buffalo Trace distillery on my way down.  It was a nice tour.

This year’s DerbyCon was very nice.  The crowd was a little bigger than last year.  I had trouble getting in to a couple talks this year.  I do not remember having that issue last year.

I was a lot more social this year.  I attended Hacker Family Dinner hosted by Tottenkoph, BourbonCon, and the Saturday party.  I’d highly recommend Hacker Family Dinner and BourbonCon.  They were quality events.  I got to meet a lot of people.

There were two tool talks I wanted to attend.  I did not get to attend either.   The talks were packed.  The first was the Malware Management Framework talk.  I had watched the original talk at BSides LV and wanted to see the follow up.  I also wanted to see John Strand’s talk on ADHD, the Active Defense Harbinger Distribution.  MMF was a demonstration of a new tool for detecting malware on systems.  My understanding is that ADHD is an active defense tool.

Josh Corman’s talk on The Cavalry is Us should have been the keynote.  The keynotes were both on the Internet Of Things concept.  Other talks mentioned the Internet Of Things.  I think Josh summarized it the best.  We are getting worse faster than we are getting better.  The other way he stated is that our dependence on software is growing faster than our ability to secure it.

Josh had an excellent graphic I’m going to have to use the next time I ask for an advancement in the security posture at work.  The graphic had cost, complexity, and risk in the center with five arrows pointing to it.  Evolving Threat, Evolving Technology, Evolving Business, Evolving Economics, and Evolving Compliance were the arrows.  It seems like an extremely strong argument for why we need to keep moving forward.  I had previously tried the Red Queen hypothesis, but that fell flat.  I guess upper management doesn’t respect C. S. Lewis nor evolutionary biology.

And with that, the conference year is over for me.  My next conference related post will be ShmooCon next year, assuming of course that I manage to get a ticket.

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