Security Summer Camp 2014

This was an interesting Security Summer Camp.

I stayed at the Tuscany the entire week.  I can not stress how awesome the Tuscany is.  You’re right there for BSidesLV and then you have the shuttle that runs during DEF CON.  It is amazing.  The Las Vegas Strip is only a half mile walk as well.  The change of venue for DEF CON next year will make the Tuscany an even more attractive venue.

I really liked the DEF CON badge this year.  It is much nicer than the DEF CON 20 badge.  I don’t care for the Egyptian theme from DEF CON 20.  Of DEF CON badges though, 21 is still my favorite.  The playing card design on a circuit board is just awesome.  The DEF CON 20 badge is my favorite of any conference.

The BSidesLV badge from this year is also pretty cool.  I like the poker chip design.  It is way better than the chunk of metal from 2013.

Of swag, I planned to buy a copy of Adam Shostack’s book on Threat Modeling.  Given that he is being accused of rape, I decided to hold off.  I’d think that if I were accused of a crime, I’d at least offer some sort of response.  The silence is strange.

The BSidesLV pool parties were my favorite evening festivities.  I didn’t bother attending any Black Hat parties this year.  The pool party at the Tuscany was awesome.  theSummit benefit was fun, but BSidesLV beat them.  I wanted to participate in Bloodkode again this year, but I had the sniffles and was disqualified from giving blood.  I did finally participate in Be The Match though.

I enjoyed Jessy Irwin talk on education security at BSidesLV.  I’m use to the issues with manufacturing and patching.  You have to wait for downturns of processes for industrial control equipment.  It’s life.  I never considered that IT professionals in education have similar restrictions.  Patching has to be done during breaks and Apple’s release in September is amazingly inconvenient.

CustoDiet by Quadling and company seems like a nice idea for a tool.  I’d love for a platform for being able to provide security to my family networks.  Hopefully it is a successful project.

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