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IANS – NY Metro Security Forum

IanslogoI’m in New York presenting as faculty at the IANS NY Metro Security Forum.

Marcus Ranum and I spent today presenting the “Network Potluck” track on Log Consolidation/Analysis/Correlation, Next-Generation Network Security and Endpoint/Mobility Security.

Further, I gave a couple of presentations on virtualization security.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Institute (IANS,) you should check it out. What an absolutely incredible gathering of faculty and partners from such a stacked and diverse set of verticals. The agenda and format is really unique and it’s unlike any other forum I’ve attended:

The Forum is a highly interactive experience. Modeled on the Harvard Business School teaching method, it emphasizes expert-led, real-world discussions that draw on the experience and expertise of participants to drive insights to new levels.

This is not a person yapping at you from behind a PowerPoint, it’s a moderated dialog between real practitioner’s from some of the most forward-thinking companies on the planet offering you real advice (and seeking it) regarding what works and doesn’t.

Tomorrow is “solutions provider” day where we put the vendors through their paces and the opportunity for real face-to-face “no bull” sessions between vendors and customers — moderated by faculty members — begins.

Look forward to seeing you at an IANS event!


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  1. Walt Williams
    May 22nd, 2008 at 06:33 | #1

    Having been to two of these, I'll pass. While they have a large and diverse faculty, they don't always use them for their strengths. Last year in MA, they had Eric Cole butchering IAM instead of the many things he actually knows something about. Day 2 with the vendors is not exactly a joy ride. I didn't get paneled discussions on the problems the vendors are offering solutions to and how each approach works, and a candid discussion on which is better, which is what I was hoping for, and have found at other venues.
    Then, when I consider the price…..

  2. May 22nd, 2008 at 08:19 | #2

    That's interesting and valuable feedback. I assume you filled out the evaluation sheets in the same manner and spoke to Jack/Phil or Alan/BK about your impressions?
    I found the forum I attended as an end-user to be really useful and as my first go-round as a faculty member this time in NY, I spent a ton of time with folks during and after the sessions discussing the forum and their impressions.
    We did get some feedback on things that worked/didn't, but what you pointed out as what you thought was missing is what I saw delivered and exactly what attendees told me they experienced in NY as being really valuable to them.
    I gave a bunch of feedback to IANS management also. Like anything, it's an evolution.
    Again, this is my second forum and I found it really useful.
    Which other shows have you found that delivered the value you expected?

  3. Walt Williams
    May 27th, 2008 at 04:21 | #3

    There are three shows I've found are worth the time. Blackhat, DefCon and RSA. Vendor pitches at those shows, unlike IANS, are not allowed. If a vendor does a pitch outside the floor at RSA, they are never welcomed back. If a vendor tries this at Blackhat or DefCon, they're just given their just deserts.
    In terms of a place to go back and forth on what solutions work, the ISSA chapter in NE has two round tables per year – no vendors invited, where we discuss what works, what doesn't, and the challenges of implementations.
    I'm glad to know that you experience in NY was much different than mine in MA. Still trying to get some time away from the house/ so I can drop by BeanSec.

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