Mar 26, 2012

Our first winners announced.

Hello BruCONneers,

a few weeks ago in preparation for our training schedule for September, we launched a short questionnaire so we could better understand you as an attendee. Just to make sure that we find the best trainings in the areas that you value most.

From the submitters, three people were randomly selected and receive a free BruCON 2012 conference ticket. These people are :

  • Tim Dams from Belgium
  • Tahir S from Australia
  • VB from Belgium
We're looking forward to having them and all of you over for another BruCON edition.

While we're at it, in the coming days we will announce the final list of trainings for BruCON 2012, our unreasonably crazy party AND the date on which tickets will go on sale ! We live in exciting times ...

Mar 19, 2012

Official Announcement: BruCON keynotes

I am proud and excited to officially announce our two keynote speakers for BruCON 2012.  Truth be told we've had some quite exciting names join us in the past 3 years and that doesn't make it any easier to find persons of the same calibre to jiggle our brains. We aren't necessarily looking for big names but rather for people who know what they are talking about and people that we trust in engaging and entertaining our audience.

Without further adue, may I introduce you to ... the BruCON 2012 Keynote Speakers !

Ed Skoudis

Ed Skoudis is a founder and senior security consultant with InGuardians and the founder of Counter Hack Challenges, a company that creates Capture the Flag challenges for professionals, college students, and high school kids.  Ed's expertise includes hacker attacks and defenses, the information security industry, and computer privacy issues, with over fifteen years of penetration testing and incident response experience and the scars to show for it. Ed authored and regularly teaches the SANS courses on network penetration testing (Security 560) and incident response (Security 504).  Ed has conducted exhaustive anti-virus, anti-spyware, Virtual Machine, and IPS research; and responded to computer attacks for clients in financial, high technology, healthcare, and other industries.

Ed conducted a demonstration of hacker techniques against financial institutions for the United States Senate and is a frequent speaker on issues associated with hacker tools and defenses. He has published numerous articles on these topics as well as the best selling books Counter Hack Reloaded and Malware: Fighting Malicious Code. Ed was also awarded 2004-2012 Microsoft MVP awards for Windows Server Security and is an alumnus of the Honeynet Project. Previous to InGuardians and CHC, Ed served as a security consultant with International Network Services (INS), Global Integrity, Predictive Systems, SAIC, and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore). Ed also blogs about command line tips.

Katie Moussouris

Katie Moussouris leads the Security Community Outreach and Strategy team at Microsoft. Her team’s work encompasses industry-leading programs such as Microsoft's BlueHat Prize ( the industry's first and largest prize for defensive security research), the BlueHat conference, security researcher outreach, and Microsoft's Vulnerability Disclosure Policies. Ms. Moussouris also founded and runs Microsoft Vulnerability Research, which is responsible for Microsoft’s research and reporting of vulnerabilities in 3rd party software. Ms. Moussouris recently was voted the editor of a new draft ISO standard on Vulnerability Handling Processes, following her work over the past 4 years as the lead expert in the US National Body on an ISO draft standard on Vulnerability Disclosure.

Prior to working for Microsoft, Katie Moussouris was an application penetration tester for several Fortune 500 companies, as a senior security architect for @stake when it was acquired by Symantec. At Symantec, Ms. Moussouris founded and ran Symantec Vulnerability Research.

Ms. Moussouris has spoken at several security conferences including BlackHat AbuDhabi 2011, BlackHat USA 2011, 2010, and 2008, Hack In The Box Amsterdam 2011, GOVCERT.NL 2010, RSA2012, RSA2011, and RSA2010, SOURCEBoston, Shmoocon, Toorcon Seattle, and she was a keynote speaker at ShakaCon in June 2008. Katie Moussouris is the recipient of the 2011 CSO Magazine and Executive Women's Forum Women of Influence Award in the category of One to Watch. 

Watch this space for more exciting announcements in the next few weeks !! BruCON 2012 is going to be awesome.

Mar 12, 2012

Brucon and Derbycon ... we're still friends :-)

Lately, there's been a quite some chatter on the twitterverse about an apparent conflict in dates between BruCON and Derbycon.

BruCON training is held on the 24th and 25th of September, the conference itself is held on the 26th and 27th.  Derbycon has training on the 27th and the conference itself is from the 28th to the 30th of September. We're on two different continents but we would agree that two kick-ass conferences so close to eachother would be a little too much for the weak of heart :-)

From the early planning stages, the Derbycon and BruCON teams have been in touch to make sure the conference dates didn't fully collide and we're happy to have achieved that.  We believe (or believed?) that the number of people who'd be lucky enough to be able to attend both trainings and conferences on different continents in the same month would be very, very limited and as such not a lot of agenda conflicts would arise.

To organize a conference there's a lot of details that need to fall in the right place, training locations, conference venues, volunteers, sponsor agendas, speakers, etc... some of those don't leave you a lot of flexibility to move around and accomodate everybody's wishes. Given that we're totally supportive of Derbycon and the huggable crew running it, we can only say that we'll work even harder to avoid to be too close to eachother.

For those looking at attending both, there are flights leaving Brussels on the morning of the 28th that will get you in Louisville around 2.30pm where Dave and the crew should be waiting with open arms to welcome you to Derbycon!