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More Interesting Videos – Defcon Peek and TEDx MidAtlantic

November 11th, 2009

Photo credit pedrosimoes7

I’m bookmarking a couple more videos to watch.

First, Defcon released their teaser set of videos from this year’s con, including Adam Savage’s “Failure”.

Second, I saw a link to Marcus Ranum talking at TEDx MidAtlantic.

Education, Events, Security

DojoCon 2009 Videos Posted

November 10th, 2009

I had the opportunity to watch the first few minutes of the stream of Marcus Ranum’s talk at DojoCon 2009 but then had to go to a client site.  I was happy to see they posted the videos to UStream so I can go back and watch the rest.

Among those who spoke:

  • Richard Bejtlich
  • Marcus Ranum
  • Chris Hoff
  • …and a whole lot more

In case you want to catch up too:

Education, Events, Security

Shmoocon Defensive Posture

January 15th, 2009

As I’ve been planning for my trip to Shmoocon, I’ve been thinking through what I will and won’t be taking along.  I will also follow the advise I’ve heard time & again on podcasts about taking care at security conferences.  As such, I’m planning to travel much lighter than usual.  I will not be carrying my laptop.  I will be taking:

  • My phone – Bluetooth will be off, and the wifi never is on, so that’s good.  If I have to connect, 3G and mail on the phone will be primary.
  • EEEPC – I just got an Asus EEEPC 1000HA, and I’ve been impressed so far.  I am considering loading an alternate OS or LiveCD image to an SD card and disabling my hard drive while I’m at Shmoocon.  I haven’t tested this yet, but I’m hoping I can disable the hard drive in the BIOS and boot from SD so that even if the system is compromised the hard disk would be out of play.

That’s it.  Toss in a book and some clothes, and I’m ready to roll.  Yee-haw.


ShmooCon Ahead

January 7th, 2009

In a month I will be in the middle of ShmooCon 2009 in Washington DC, probably freezing my Florida butt off.  Cold or not, I’m looking forward to this opportunity.  Two years ago I wanted to go but ended up out of the country.  Last year I bought a ticket and ended up not going for other commitments.  This year though, this year will be different.  I’ve already booked the travel and I’m committed to getting there.

If all goes well, I hope to bring back my thoughts to share here.

Education, Events site

April 9th, 2008

I setup a new site at to handle postings about, well, TampaBaySec.  Hopefully that will grow some legs here and can be a central point of information for the meetings.


TampaBaySec – Feb 20, 2008

February 4th, 2008


The next meeting of TampaBaySec will be Wednesday February 20th at 6pm.

If you haven’t come before, TampaBaySec is an informal gathering of information security professionals and those with an interest in infosec. We are the Tampa / St. Pete / West Central Florida initiative of the CitySec idea. There’s no formal anything to this beyond we liked the idea of CitySec and declared ourselves to be. No dues, no agenda, no worries. We just get together to talk shop and enjoy a couple hours of good conversation.

Now, if you’ve read this far, you are probably wondering where we meet. Good question. The last few meetings have been at Starbucks which has been good for talking, but this month we are looking for somewhere with food and drink available. The place hasn’t been nailed down, but may be Lee Roy Selmon’s by International Mall & TIA. Check back in the next couple days for confirmation or shoot me an email to to verify.

Update: As was suggested, we’ll be meeting at the Panera at Westshore & Kennedy in Tampa. The venue is a little more flexible to accommodate however many stop by.


TampaBaySec 2008-01-16

January 8th, 2008

The first meeting of 2008 for TampaBaySec will be Wednesday January 16th at 6pm.

As before we will meet at the Starbucks at Kennedy & Westshore.

If you work in information security or just have an interest in it, come out and enjoy the opportunity to meet others of a similar mind.


Embedded Device Security Webcast

January 2nd, 2008

Just catching up on my feedreader, and I came across this gem:

Webcast of Paul’s “Things That Go Bump In The Network” keynote. Nice to see SANS facilitating getting this out there. I look forward to checking it out.

Education, Events

TampaBaySec #2 Planned

September 5th, 2007

The second meeting of TampaBaySec is being planned for Tuesday September 18th at 6pm. We are going to try out the 3rd Tuesday of the month as a meeting date and see what kind of response we get.

We are tentatively planning to meet at the Starbucks at Kennedy & Westshore.

In case you don’t know about CitySec (which brought about TampaBaySec), here’s the original post to CitySec titled “What Is A CitySec Meetup?“:

CitySec meetups are gatherings of information security professionals. Are you an information security professional? You are if you (ever) write firewall rules, read log files, apply patches, follow Bugtraq, help select products, rack and stack security appliances, find vulnerabilities, write secure code, test other people’s code, write policies, manage people who do any of these things, assist people who do any of these things, or just want to one day do any of these things.

CitySec meetups are like any other professional society meeting, except:

  • There’s no professional society
  • There’s no membership
  • There’s no dues
  • There’s no cover charge
  • There’s no corporate sponsorshop
  • There’s no vendor pitches
  • There’s no requirement to RSVP
  • There’s no fixed agenda
  • They’re publically announced and open to all comers

The rule of thumb is, no more structure than is absolutely necessary to get people into a room (where “room” usually means “bar”): if structure (like “name tags” or “surveys”) would even possibly prevent one person from attending the meeting, don’t use it.

Frankly, I like that attitude so we are trying to get some traction here in central Florida. Please leave a comment here or on the CitySec thread if you have any questions or suggestions about date or venue.

I will see you on the 18th.