I'll confess straightaway that the headline to this post was stolen directly from the event press release. The reason is simple: It got my attention.\tMy colleague Michael Cooney came up to me yesterday and asked if I was going to a conference called "Suits and Spooks." I had to sheepishly look him in the eye and admit that I'd never heard of it. He sent me the link and I was immediately sucked in by the list of speakers. Some are old friends, like Christopher Burgess, chief security officer and president of Public Sector\u00a0at\u00a0Atigeo, LLC, and Dan Geer, CISO\u00a0at In-Q-Tel. Then there are people like Indian-American actress Janina\u00a0Gavankar. What's that all about, I asked myself.\tThe press release for this event, being held today in Arlington, Va. at the Waterview Conference Center, says:\t"When was the last time you were in a conference room with a\u00a0Hollywood\u00a0actress, the CISO of In-Q-Tel, two product managers from DARPA, an expert in money laundering, a world-class hacker, a spokesman for\u00a0George Clooney's Satellite Sentinel Project, an expert on open source warfare, and a former CIA station chief -- all looking critically at the current state of information security?"\t"Never," I thought to myself. I mean, I've been in rooms with all these types. Just not in the same room at the same time.\tIn an industry where conferences have become loud, commercial affairs, I'm always on the lookout for something new. That's what attracted me to ShmooCon and B-Sides. Suits and Spooks may well take the cake.\tMore from the press release:\tAs cyber attacks increase in quantity and complexity, organizations face mounting financial and strategic risks directly resulting from their dependence on flawed and outdated information security models.\tHeld in\u00a0Washington, DC\u00a0on\u00a0February 8, 2012, the new edition of the Suits and Spooks Anti-Conference, "Suits and Spooks II - Shaping a Revolution in Security Affairs" will address the issue of information security systems in free-fall, and seek new, innovative solutions. The one-day event will host a multi-disciplinary set of innovators and disruptive thinkers. Its informal setting will allow extensive interaction and collaboration among speakers and attendees, aiming to produce new thinking on how to re-shape information security.\t"Suits and Spooks" is the creation of\u00a0Jeffrey Carr, author of Inside Cyber Warfare, and founder and CEO of executive cyber protection firm\u00a0Taia Global, Inc.\u00a0-\u00a0www.taiaglobal.com\tThe conference is open to all.\tVENUE:\tFebruary 8, 2012\u00a0-\u00a07:30AM to 4:30PM\tWaterview Conference Center\t1919 North Lynn Street,\u00a0Arlington, VA\u00a022209\tSpeaker Topics\tThe Principle of Self Defense for Covert Cyber Operations\tCatherine Lotrionte\u00a0| Executive Director, Institute for Law, Science & Global Security,\u00a0Georgetown University\tThe Satellite Sentinel Project: Making the World a Witness\tJonathan Hutson\u00a0| Spokesperson of the\u00a0Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP)\tKnowing the Unknown Unknown | Moving from Guessing, to Knowing, to Insight, to Action.\tChristopher Burgess\u00a0| Chief Security Officer, President of the Public Sector,Atigeo, LLC.\tExploiting Seams\tRandy Garrett\u00a0| Program Manager,\u00a0DARPA\tOpen Source Conflict: The Dynamics of 21st Century Insurgency and Cyberwarfare\tJohn Robb\u00a0| Author of\u00a0Brave New War\tSex, Crypto-Currency, Money Laundering, Drugs, Guns, and Cornfields: A Dwolla story\tBen Milne\u00a0| CEO and Co-Founder of\u00a0DWOLLA\tPeople in the Infosec Loop: Failsafe or Liability\tDan Geer\u00a0| CISO of\u00a0In-Q-Tel\tQ&A | How Janina Discovered a Solution for Data Challenges Faced by Actors through the use of Open Source Tools\tJanina Gavankar\u00a0| Actress and Founder of\u00a0Posterous Spaces for Actors\tTheft of a Nation, The Infosec Abomination and Flipping It on Its Head\tAnup Ghosh\u00a0| Founder and Chief Executive at\u00a0Invincea\tBig Data For Little Brother: How Social Media Inverted The Relationship Between 'Influencers' and 'Influenced\tJodee Rich\u00a0| CEO and Founder of\u00a0PeopleBrowsr\tIt's a shame it's in Virginia. If it were in Boston, I'd be there.\tHere's hoping the organizers take this thing on the road. It looks like the last one was in Palo Alto in September, so I have high hope.