On Saturday, April 22, I made my first appearance at a “Hackers” conference. The Rochester Institute of Technology played host to the 7th annual “B-Sides” conference. The theme “Crypto Cold War” could not have been more appropriate, as we seem to now be embracing the old “Evil Empire”.
I did have a good time, but realize that I have a lot to learn. The two technical talks I attended; one on Assembly Language and the other about hiding code had me in a bit of a haze.
The non-technical talks were a little easier to bear. A talk on physical entry made me realize that once one gets into a building, they usually have fairly free rein. A talk on robust defense got me to thinking that when it comes to security, one may need to “think small”. A talk on communication made me wonder how often a company tries to make itself the victim, instead of the customers.
A final talk on outwitting “Crackers”, folks who attempt to break into systems, given by an Army Intelligence Officer was a bit of a disappointment. His focus was more on innovation then exploitation.
I would have never thought two years ago, I would be at an event like B-Sides. Of course, I didn’t expect the country to decide to make such a hard right turn either.