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Video Of My ’12 Microsoft Bluehat Talk: Sh*t My Cloud Evangelist Says

April 10th, 2013 3 comments

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For those of you who haven’t seen me speak, Bluehat generally brings out the best in me and happens to capture it on video and make it available for you!

Here you go (link if you can’t see the embedded video below):

Enjoy!

/Hoff

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Why I Don’t Speak At Security B-Sides…

January 13th, 2011 2 comments

Security B-Sides has long since emerged from the “Indie” shadow it was born from and now represents and produces some of the most amazing content and speakers in the security (mainstream and otherwise) industry.

So why don’t I speak at any of them?

Two reasons.

1) Many of the B-Sides get spun up quickly and without much notice.  Those that I might be able to travel to/attend take place alongside the bigger conferences which I am required to attend and/or have committed to speak at far in advance, and…

2) I speak at 30-40 conferences a year. People don’t need to hear me prattle on about the same things I’ve spoken about elsewhere.  Further, many of the folks who respond with awesome CFP submissions to B-Sides don’t (for a number of reasons) speak at the larger conferences…so why should I take up space when others should be given this amazing opportunity?

So there you have it.

Support B-Sides.  One day I’ll get to one live. Until then, I’ll watch the live streams.

/Hoff

Don’t Hassle the Hoff: Recent & Upcoming Speaking Engagements

September 20th, 2010 1 comment
Recent Speaking Engagements/Confirmed to  speak at the following upcoming events:

There are a ton of venues I haven’t added here because they are directly related to customer visits that may not wish to be disclosed.  You can see the prior list of speaking engagements listed here.

[I often get a bunch of guff as to why I make these lists: ego, horn-tooting, self-aggrandizement. I wish I thought I were that important. ;) The real reason is that it helps me keep track of useful stuff focused not only on my participation, but that of the rest of the blogosphere.  It also allows folks to plan meet-ups]

/Hoff

See You At Black Hat 2010 & Defcon 18?

July 25th, 2010 2 comments


This year looks to be another swell get-together in Vegas.  I had to miss last year (first time in…forever) so I’m looking forward to 112 degrees, recirculated air, and stumble-drunk hax0rs jackpotting ATMs and commandeering elevators.

I’ll be getting in on the 27th. I have a keynote at the Cloud Security Alliance Summit on the 28th (co-located within Black Hat,) a talk on the 29th at Black Hat (Cloudinomicon) from 10am-11am and I’ll be on another FAIL panel at Defcon with the boys.  I’ve got a bunch of (gasp!) customer meetings and (gasp! x2) work stuff to do, but plenty of time for the usual.

I’m going to try to hit Cobra Kai, Xtreme Couture or the Tapout facilities whilst there for some no-gi grappling or even BJJ if I can find a class.  Either way, there are some hard core P90X’ers that I’m sure I can con into working out in 90 degree, 6am weather.

Rumors of mojitos and cigars at Casa Fuente are completely unfounded.  Completely.

Oh, parties? They have parties? ;)

See y’all there!

/Hoff

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CLOUDINOMICON: Idempotent Infrastructure, Survivable Systems & Bringing Sexy Back to Information Centricity

July 7th, 2010 1 comment

I’m hurrying to polish up the next in my series of virtualization and cloud computing security presentations which I’m going to give at this year’s Black Hat conference in Las Vegas on July 29th.  I’m speaking from 10-11am on day two up next to folks like Jeremiah Grossman, Moxie Marlinspike, Ivan Ristic, Haroon Meer…quite the “power hour” as someone said on the Twitter.

At any rate, I started the series a couple of years ago with the following progression:

  1. The Four Horsemen of the Virtualization Security Apocalypse
  2. The Frogs Who Desired a King: A Virtualization & Cloud Computing Fable Set To Interpretative Dance
  3. Cloudifornication: Indiscriminate Information Intercourse Involving Internet Infrastructure

I proudly present numero quatro:

CLOUDINOMICON: Idempotent Infrastructure, Survivable Systems & Bringing Sexy Back to Information Centricity

Mass-market, low-cost, commodity infrastructure-as-a-Service Cloud Computing providers abstract away compute, network and storage and deliver hyper-scaleable capabilities.

This “abstraction distraction” has brought us to the point where the sanctity and security of the applications and information transiting them are dependent upon security models and expertise rooted in survivable distributed systems, at layers where many security professionals have no visibility.

The fundamental re-architecture of the infostructure, metastructure and infrastructure constructs in this new world forces us back to the design elements of building survivable systems focusing on information centricity — protecting the stuff that matters most in the first place.

The problem is that we’re unprepared for what this means and most practitioners and vendors focused on the walled garden, perimeterized models of typical DMZ architecture are at a loss as to how to apply security in a disintermediated and distributed sets of automated, loosely-coupled resources.

We’re going to cover the most salient points relating to how IaaS Cloud architecture shifts how, where and who architects, deploys and manages security in this “new world order” and what your options are in making sustainable security design decisions.

It’s progressing nicely.  Hope to see you there (and at Defcon)

Don’t Hassle the Hoff: Recent Press & Podcast Coverage & Upcoming Speaking Engagements

February 19th, 2010 No comments

Here is some of the recent coverage from the last couple of months or so on topics relevant to content on my blog, presentations and speaking engagements.  No particular order or priority and I haven’t kept a good record, unfortunately.

Important Stuff I’m Working On:

Press/Technology & Security eZines/Website/Blog Coverage/Meaningful Links:

Recent Speaking Engagements/Confirmed to  speak at the following upcoming events:

  • Govt Solutions Forum Feb 1-2 (panel |n DC)
  • Govt Solutions Forum Feb 24 D.C.
  • ESAF, San Francisco, March 1
  • Cloud Security Alliance Summit, San Francisco, March 1
  • RSA Security Conference March 1-5 San Francisco
  • Microsoft Bluehat Buenos Aires, Argentina – March 16-19th
  • ISSA General Assembly, Belgium
  • Infosec.be, Belgium
  • Codegate, South Korea, April 7-8
  • SOURCE Boston, April 21-23
  • Shot the Sherrif – Brazil – May 17th
  • Gluecon , Denver, May 26/27
  • FIRST, Miami, FL,  June 13-18
  • SANS DC – August 19th-20th

Conferences I am tentatively attending, trying to attend and/or working on logistics for speaking:

  • InterOp April 25-29 Vegas
  • Cisco Live – June 27th – July 1st Vegas
  • Blackhat 2010 – July 24-29 Vegas
  • Defcon
  • Notacon

Oh, let us not forget these top honors (buahahaha!)

  • Top 10 Sexy InfoSec Geeks (link)
  • The ThreatPost “All Decade Interview Team” (link)
  • ‘Cloud Hero’ and ‘Best Cloud Presentation’ – 2009 Cloudies Awards (link), and
  • 2010 RSA Social Security Bloggers Award nomination (link) ;)

[I often get a bunch of guff as to why I make these lists: ego, horn-tooting, self-aggrandizement. I wish I thought I were that important. ;) The real reason is that it helps me keep track of useful stuff focused not only on my participation, but that of the rest of the blogosphere.]

/Hoff

Speaking at the 2009 Federal Identity Management & Cybersecurity Conference

December 15th, 2009 4 comments

ISIMCThe (first annual) 2009 Federal Identity Management & Cyber Security Conference is being held in Washington on December 15-16th.  I’m speaking on day two on a panel moderated by Earl Crane of DHS on “Innovation and security in Cloud Computing.”

The Information Security and Identity Management Committee (ISIMC) of the Federal CIO Council is taking steps to deliver  on the President’s pledge for cybersecurity. ISIMC will discuss strategies and tactics for securing and defending federal IT  systems and networks for trusted and reliable global communication.

The objectives of this conference are awareness, education, and alignment toward a common vision for cyber defense  within the federal community.   This conference will focus on protecting the nation against cyber aggression, while preserving and protecting  the personal privacy and civil liberties that are the core of american values.

Hosted by  the Information Security and Identity management committee (ISIMC), which supports the federal CIO Council  in enabling chief Information officers (CIOs) and chief Information Security officers (CISOs) to  collaborate on: (1) identifying high priority cybersecurity and identity management initiatives; and (2) developing  recommendations for policies, procedures, and standards to address those initiatives that enhance the security  posture and protection afforded to federal government networks, information, and information systems.

Topics Include

  • Nation’s top cybersecurity challenges addressed by a
  • Panel of government and Private Sector leaders
  • US-cert and the challenging landscape of
  • Federal cybersecurity
  • Security Performance – What Is next?
  • Innovation, cloud computing and Web 2.0
  • Federal desktop core configuration next Steps
  • Supply chain acquisition best Practices
  • IT Security Policy and legislation
  • Identify, credential and access management

This should be an interesting two days.

Don’t Hassle the Hoff: Recent Press & Podcast Coverage & Upcoming Speaking Engagements

October 26th, 2009 1 comment

Microphone

Here is some of the recent coverage from the last month or so on topics relevant to content on my blog, presentations and speaking engagements.  No particular order or priority and I haven’t kept a good record, unfortunately.

Press/Technology & Security eZines/Website/Blog Coverage/Meaningful Links:

Podcasts/Webcasts/Video:

Recent Speaking Engagements/Confirmed to  speak at the following upcoming events:

  • Enterprise Architecture Conference, D.C.
  • Intel Security Summit 2009, Hillsboro OR
  • SecTor 2009, Toronto CA
  • EMC Innovation Forum, Franklin MA
  • NY Technology Forum, NY, NY
  • Microsoft Bluehat v9, Redmond WA
  • Office of the Comptroller & Currency, San Antonio TX
  • Intercloud Working Group, GooglePlex CA ;)
  • CSC Leading Edge Forum, VA
  • DojoCon, VA

I also forgot to thank Eric Siebert for putting together the VMware Top 20 blog list and putting me on it as well as the fact that Rational Survivability made the Datamation 2009 Top 200 Tech Blogs list.

/Hoff

The Frogs Who Desired a King: A Virtualization & Cloud Computing Fable [Slides]

March 17th, 2009 9 comments

frogs-title001I’m loathe to upload this presentation because really the slides accompany me (not the other way around) and there’s a ton of really important subtext and dialog that goes along with them, but I’m getting hammered with requests to release the deck, so here it is.

I will be giving this presentation at various venues over the next few months as well as the second in the series titled “Cloudifornication: Indiscriminate Information Intercourse Involving Internet Infrastructure.”  

At any rate, it’s another rather colorful presentation. It’s in PDF format and is roughly 12MB.

Click here to download it.

Enjoy

/Hoff

Don’t Hassle the Hoff: Recent Press & Podcast Coverage & Upcoming Speaking Engagements

February 2nd, 2009 No comments

Microphone

Here is some of the recent coverage from the last couple of months on topics relevant to content on my blog, presentations and speaking engagements.  No particular order or priority.

Press/Technology & Security eZines:

Website/Blog Coverage/Meaningful Links:

I should note that many of my cloud computing writing is being republished over at the SYSCON Cloud Computing Journal with a self-branded mini-site: ChristoferHoff.Sys-Con.com

Podcasts/Webcasts/Video:

I am confirmed to  speak at the following upcoming events:

  • Source Boston  - Boston, MA – March 11-13
  • TechTarget Threat Management Decisions Summit – New York, NY – March 26
  • Americas Growth Capital InfoSec Conference (keynote) – San Francisco, CA, April 20
  • RSA 2009 (multiple sessions) – San Francisco, CA, April 21-24
  • Virtualization Congress – Las Vegas, NV, May 4-7
  • (there are others being sorted at the moment

I should/will be attending the following events:

  • Shmoocon
  • Cloud Computing Expo   

/Hoff