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IT Security World 2008 — Wowzerz!

Posted: September 19, 2008 – 1:56 pm | Author: | Filed under: Conferences, Humor, Security Management

I just got back from the IT Security World Conference & Expo 2008.  This was the first time I’ve attended this conference. The speaker line up looked good. I wasn’t there to see the speakers though; I was an exhibitor working a phishme booth.

I’ve spoken at DefCon, BlackHat, Shmoocon, etc…. but at this conference, I wore my exhibitor badge, which might as well have read “leper”.  Hah, not that I can blame the attendees for treating me like a leper, after all, I was just another exhibitor in the gauntlet they had to run in order to get to the drinks and snacks.

When you brave the booth gauntlet, you’re bombarded by shiny people. Appliance after appliance, magic boxes that make all your IT security problems go away.

My booth was at the end of the gauntlet. It was entertaining to watch attendees pickup my swag without missing a step, only to read the banner that says “Phish your employees” pause, double back, and curiously ask me  “what is this?”  Most would chuckle after figuring out exactly what does. Eyes popped out of heads of the ones that actually saw the demo.

There was something about the conference and expo that REALLY bothered me……

Cyber Cafe? Really?More email?

Come on now...passport hotmail?

The sad thing was these Internet terminals were in heavy use throughout the conference. Every time I walked by them people were in their email.


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  1. Posted September 21, 2008 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I’m confused. What bothered you about a bunch of people reading their email? Were the terminals intended for something else, or?

  2. The Laughing Man
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Using Public terminals at a security con were there are probably a good number of hackers is probably not the best Ideals *COUGH COUGH* Keyloggers *Cough Cough*. ohh… Excuse me.


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