I'm thrilled to share the news that B-Sides Boston is back. The last one was in 2010, and I covered the event with my kids in tow. It was a great day of talks, and the vibe and venue was perfect for a healthy discussion on the challenges our community must face.
This year's event is Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the same place we met in 2010: the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD), near Kendall/MIT in Cambridge. Registration and donation info is in the link above.
The morning keynote will be given by one of infosec's most revered luminaries, Dan Geer, CISO for In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit venture capital firm that invests in technology to support the CIA. Don't bother looking for a keynote description. Dan just shows up with whatever he has written in longhand on a few pieces of paper. Not knowing what he'll discuss is usually part of the fun for me -- and he always delivers. For an example, see my coverage of a talk he gave at SOURCE Boston last year.
The afternoon keynote will be given by a good friend of mine, Josh Corman, director of security intelligence for Akamai and writer of the Cognitive Dissidents blog.
The tracks will be set up this way:
Track 1 - Hacker :
Track 1's content is anything information security, computer security and/or hacking related
(Ex. mobile devices, penetration testing, forensics, application security, networking, network exploitation, vulnerabilities, hacker tools, healthcare medical devices, Metasploit, Backtrack, security research etc.)
Track 2 - Maker :
Track 2's content is related to creating and making things from scratch
(Ex. hardware design, software design, an interesting project that you'd like to share and more!)
Track 3 - Awesome! & Everything Else:
Track 3's content is all content that do not fit in Track 1 or Track 2, in the "other category" including but not limited to:
(Ex. management, legal, privacy, free speech and any other interesting presentations!)
The agenda is still being fleshed out, but trust me: It'll be worth your time. It always has been for me.