B-Sides Boston is Saturday

B-Sides has returned to Boston with a stellar keynote roster this weekend.

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 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.

Also see: "Dan Geer: International man of mystery" and "It's lonely in the middle -- but it doesn't have to be"

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.

Here's the agenda (Note: Lockpick Village and Capture the Flag will be happening all day):


Track 1

Track 2

Track 3



8:30 - 9am

Registration / Coffee / Networking

9 - 9:10am

Opening Remarks and Events (22)

9:20- 10:10am

Morning Keynote Presentation by Dr. Geer

Identity As Privacy 


10:20 - 11:00am

Dan Stolts : Cloudy Weather - How Secure Is the Cloud?


Paul Braren : Build Your Own VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V lab at Home, Using Affordable and Efficient Hardware (2)


Walt Williams : Realistic and Affordable Quantitative Security Information Risk Management for Small Business



11:10 - 11:50pm

Chris Elisan : Malware Automation



Deral Heiland : Plunder, Pillage and Print (5)


John McNabb : SCADA/ICS Insecurity of Drinking Water Facilities (6)


12 - 1pm

Lunch ( Featuring "3 Lightning Talks" below: )


Mark Spencer - Advancements in Windows Registry Forensics (7)


Roy Wattanasin : Feeling Sick? - Healthcare Medical Device Security (8)


Oliver Day : Securing Change Call for Volunteers (9)


1:10 - 2pm

Afternoon Keynote Presentation by Josh Corman (K2)

 'Good Enough' Isn't Anymore; The Value Of Hitting Rock Bottom

2:10  - 2:50pm

Alissa Torres : Sick Anti-Analysis Mechanisms from the Wild


Andrew Clare : The Future of Drones and the Impact on InfoSec


Schuyler Towne: Unlucky In Locks



2:50  - 3pm


3:00 - 3:40pm

Andrew Case : Leveraging Memory Forensics During Incident Response and Malware Analysis (13)

CJ Heres : Google TV -  The Next Generation


Jeff Northrop : The State Of Privacy & Proper Planning For The Future(15)


3:50 - 4:30pm

Allison Nixon and Brandon Levene : The Noob Persistent Threat (16)

Keith Gilbert : Malformity


David Dumas : Security 101 For New Security Professionals



4:40 - 5:20pm

David Bressler : Maltego In The Enterprise(19)

Joseph Cohen : Blucat - Netcat For Bluetooth(20)


Ben April : NFC - I Don't Think It Means What You Think It Means (21)


5:30 - 6pm

Closing Remarks and Events (23)

6:30 - 8:30pm

Post Con Reception

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