Jan 31, 2012

We require your feedback

Hey BruCON people, here's a short blogpost to launch a survey requesting your feedback on training opportunities at BrUCON. This year we want to be even more aware of your education needs so we can try whatever we can to attract knowledgeable speakers with the ability to share her knowlege with you as a student.

Please take a few minutes to provide your feedback here : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/brucon2012

One person who has completed the review will receive a BruCON ticket that provides access to the event for the two whole days.

Thanks in advance,
Kind Regards

Thr BruCON tramç

Jan 22, 2012

The CFP/CFT is open ... start submitting your talks now!

*** this is a combined Call For Papers/Call For Training ***
Brussels, Belgium -- This is the call for papers (CFP) and participation for the 4th edition of BruCON, a 2-day Security and Hacking Conference full of interesting presentations, workshops and security challenges. BruCON is an open-minded gathering of people discussing computer security, privacy, and information technology. The conference tries to create bridges between the various actors active in computer security world including (but not limited to) hackers, security professionals, security communities, non-profit organizations, CERTs, students, law enforcement agencies,etc. The conference will be held in Ghent
on the 26th and 27th of September 2012. 2-day trainings will be offered in Ghent on September 24th and 25th of September 2012.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to :
* Electronic/Digital Privacy
* Wireless Network and Security
* Attacks on Information Systems and/or Digital Information Storage
* Web Application and Web Services Security
* Lockpicking & physical security
* Honeypots/Honeynets
* Spyware, Phishing and Botnets (Distributed attacks)
* Hardware hacking, embedded systems and other electronic devices
* Mobile devices exploitation, Symbian, P2K and bluetooth technologies
* Electronic Voting
* Free Software and Security
* Legal and Social Aspect of Information Security
* Software Engineering and Security
* Security in Information Retrieval
* Security aspects in SCADA, industrial environments and "obscure" networks
* Forensics and Anti-Forensics
* Mobile communications security and vulnerabilities
* Information warfare and industrial espionage
* Social Engineering
* Virtualisation Security
* ...

Submission Guideline (for standard paper track)

Because we believe it's important to have an independent review of CFP submissions we have composed this committee of experienced people who represent different aspects of the information security community. This committee consists of :

- Wim Remes (BruCON co-organizer)
- Filip Waeytens (BruCON co-organizer)
- Meredith Patterson
- Ian Amit
- David Kennedy
- Steve Tornio
- The Grugq
- Craig Balding

This team will review and rate all submissions. The result will be communicated to each person who submitted a talk as soon as we have a final decision and before April 30th.

Submissions will contain as much detail as possible and will be written in English.

Your submission will contain at least the following details:
  • Your name
  • Where do you live (country)
  • a brief biography
  • Type [presentation|2-day training|2h workshop|4h workshop]
  • The title of your presentation/training/workshop
  • A description of your presentation/training/workshop
  • An abstract of your presentation/training/workshop
  • Explain why your submission is relevant for the BruCON audience.
Additionally you are encouraged to include, in plain text or PDF format, supporting materials such as slidedecks, white papers, curriculums, prerequisites for training/workshop, ...

Criteria for non-acceptance
  1. product or vendor related pitches are not accepted.
  2. Submissions by 3rd parties (not the speaker himself) are not accepted.
  3. Talks that don't include the details described above are not accepted.
BruCON conference including the information on the public website. We do not accept product or vendor related pitches. If your presentation involves an advertisement for a new product or service your company is offering, please do not submit. Also, we do not accept presentations submitted by a third party including (but not limited to) company representatives, management bureau's, etc. BruCON presentations should be focused on topics that are of interest to security and technology professionals who are paying attention to current trends and issues. We want BruCON to be educational and entertaining to the attendees and the community.

Submission : no later than March 15th 2012
Notification : April 30th at the latest
Confirmation of attendance : no later than June 30th 2012

Important information
If you are accepted as a speaker at BruCON 2012, we will :
- cover accomodation during the duration of the conference.
- assist in travel expenses where and if necessary (*).
- invite you to the speaker dinner.

* we have covered travel expenses for all of our speakers on all previous editions and will continue to do so. We just don't want someone to misunderstand that this means we'll cover a first class flight from halfway around the world. Our speaker coordinator will be in touch as soon as your talk has been selected to make sure all details are discussed and agreed upon.

Jan 10, 2012

BruCON 2012 ... it's on !

3,2,1 ... BruCON 2012 is a go! 

In the past few months, after a few weeks of rest, we've looked back, learned some lessons and listened to your feedback. One of the most gratifying things about organizing a conference is that the attendees tell us that they had a good time, learned a lot, made friends and overall enjoyed our event. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that supported BruCON since it's inception in 2009. The event would not exist without you!

And now we're here, happy that the Mayans allow us to organize yet another epic information security event in Belgium. So here are the details :

Training : September 24th and 25th
Conference : September 26th and 27th

University of Ghent
Voldersstraat 9
9000 Ghent

Yes, you've read that right. BruCON 2012 will not be held in Brussels. We've had long discussions about this change and all opinions have been heard. Everybody remembers that we had our event in 2009 and 2010 at the Belgacom Surfhouse in Evere. This was an awesome location but in 2011, it was no longer available so we had to find another location. The VUB Campus was a good location but it also had some down-sides. It wasn't perfect. BruCON being a not-for-profit organisation and Brussels being the 'Capital of Europe' it turned out to be very difficult to find a location that could accomodate an audience of ca. 400 people with affordable catering and room for workshops. That's where we started to think that Brussels wasn't the only city in Belgium that could host BruCON and that the conference was more about the atmosphere, the collaboration and the state of mind than it was about the city it was held in. After scouting some of the possible locations, we settled for Ghent and that's where BruCON 2012 will take place. 

In the coming days we will announce our Call For Training, Call For Papers and a lot of other details that we need to share with you. For now, we are excited to kick off another BruCON year! We're all looking forward to seeing you in Ghent later this year! 

Jan 8, 2012

Before we start our preparations for 2012 ...

Hello BruCON people!

Before we kick start living towards a new installment of Brucon 2012 we have an apology to make.

All volunteers contributing to the conference are doing their utmost to make everything work and from the feedback we received we haven't fumbled in 99% of what makes the event one of your favorite conferences in Europe. However, this year, we feel we have let you down on one specific point : the recordings and publication of our talks.

Due to technical difficulties we didn't prepare for we were unable to recover a great part of the recordings and thus are not able to share them with a wider audience.

What we were able to recover is available at http://files.brucon.org . We know it is not a lot and we sincerely apologize for this.

That said, we will do everything we can to prevent this from happening ever again by reviewing our setup and preparing for as many scenario's as possible. If you have particular experience in this area and feel you are able to help us out, we're open to your suggestions and happy to hear from you at info 0x40 brucon.org !