Trying something new: a new kind of security conference in D.C., Oct. 3

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Sometimes, you have to try new things. So, here goes. I’m hosting a conference.  Hopefully, a different kind of security conference. In Washington D.C., on Oct. 3. Please consider going, or share this invitation with someone who might be interested.  Here’s the big idea:

Almost everyone in cybersecurity has been there. A crisis unfolds. A big hack, or a lost laptop. A rapid-response team is formed.  Suddenly you’re sitting across the table from someone you’ve never seen before. You have different priorities. It feels like you are speaking different languages. This is not the time to get to know each other, or to get a crash course in the basics.

Now is a better time. Before the crisis. That’s the idea behind this intensive, all-day session I’ve planned with George Washington University law professor Dan Solove. His Privacy + Security conference has become a can’t-miss show for privacy professionals.  We’ve discussed a project like this for a while, and this year, we’ve pulled together this add-on day for conference attendees.  I have no idea how things will go, but we have a great lineup of sessions and speakers.  You can attend this single day without paying for the entire conference, though you’d be missing a great program.

The InfoSec and Tech Intensive Intensive Day is a special all-day event that will occur on the pre-conference day of the Privacy+Security Forum, which takes place later in the week.

Here is more about the conference.

What is the InfoSec + Tech Intensive Day?

The InfoSec and Tech IntensiveIntensive Day is a special all-day event that will occur on the pre-conference day of the Privacy+Security Forum on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. 

George Washington University Marvin Center
800 21st Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20052

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Intensive Day – Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018

Intensive Days are all-day events that feature primarily small discussion groups among seasoned professionals. Intensive Days differ from workshops in that workshops are shorter and more introductory in nature.

Intensive Days are for seasoned professionals, and the discussion will be focused and advanced. Intensive Days are for deep dives into topics.

The InfoSec and Tech Intensive: Learning from Hackers and Security Experts is a way to join your peers in a sophisticated series of discussions about cutting-edge issues involving data security. There will be unparalleled interactivity. Most of the day will be spent in seminar-style discussion groups.

This is a discussion for experienced professionals in either privacy or security. A technical background isn’t required. Lawyers, CPOs, CISOs, and others are welcome.


7:30am – 9:00am   Breakfast

9:00am – 10:15am   Session 1

Infosec 501: A crash master’s course in cybersecurity

Why most hacks happen; advanced hacking techniques and security essentials; effective use of network intrusion, detection and analysis tools.


10:15am – 10:45am   Break

10:45am – 12:00pm  Session 2

Show and Tell: How hackers think and what tools they use

Hardware and software for sale on the dark web; using “sock puppets” for good or evil; the hacking economy. Also, playing offense and defense – hackers vs. CISOs.


12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:45pm Session 3

Yahoo: Inside the biggest hack in history

The problem of fighting off nation states; what happens when communication between infosec and management fails spectacularly.


2:45pm – 3:15pm Break
3:15pm – 4:30pm Session 4

Talking Tech: What cybersecurity / IT experts wish privacy professionals knew

Why compliance is often the enemy of security; why not all encryption is created (or implemented) equally; why two-factor authentication isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, why it’s been cracked, and what mobile networks are (finally) doing about it; the trouble with the “see, detect, and arrest” model; the importance protecting data at inception; how to tell the difference between a 1-alarm fire and a 5-alarm fire; why it’s problematic for CISOs to report to CIOs.

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BOB SULLIVAN is a veteran journalist and the author of four books, including the 2008 New York Times Best-Seller, Gotcha Capitalism, and the 2010 New York Times Best Seller, Stop Getting Ripped Off! His latest, The Plateau Effect, was published in 2013, and as a paperback, called Getting Unstuck in 2014. He has won the Society of Professional Journalists prestigious Public Service award, a Peabody award, and The Consumer Federation of America Betty Furness award, and been given Consumer Action’s Consumer Excellence Award.

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