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Blackhat/Defcon Bound & My Talk

I’m interrupting vacation in SoCal with the family and trucking up to Vegas for this next week’s forthcoming Blackhat and Defcon extravaganzas.  I’m getting into Vegas on Sunday, 8/3 around 4pm and leave on the 10th after Defcon.

I’ll be attending the Microsoft Ninjitsu training on Monday/Tuesday so I expect my Windows Fu will be strong as bull after the conference 😉

I’m speaking on the first day of the briefings.  My talk (Network Track – Augustus 5&6) is titled "The Four Horsemen of the Virtualization Security Apocalypse" and is from 1:45-3:00pm on August 5th.  Hope to see you there:

Despite shiny new stickers on the boxes of our favorite security vendors’ products that advertise "virtualization ready!" or the hordes of new startups emerging from stealth decrying the second coming of security, there exists the gritty failed reality of attempting to replicate complex network and security topologies in virtualized environments.

This talk will clearly demonstrate that unless we radically rethink our approach, the virtualization security apocalypse is nigh!

This talk will focus on both securing virtualization as well as virtualizing security; from virtualization-enabled chipsets to the hypervisor to the VM’s, we’ll explore the real issues that exist today as well as those that are coming that aren’t being discussed or planned for.

There are a bunch of security weenies who use Twitter who are attending one or both venues.  You can find a list of them (thanks, Zach) at the official Security Twits webspace.

See you at the show(s)


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  1. August 3rd, 2008 at 10:33 | #1

    My pleasure, Hoff.
    There's also a list of *when* (some of) the Security Twits will be in Las Vegas: http://n0where.org/security-twits-bh-2008-dc-16/

  2. August 4th, 2008 at 08:05 | #2

    I hope it is the 6th, otherwise I am going to miss it.
    Schedule shows the 6th … http://www.blackhat.com/html/bh-usa-08/bh-usa-08-

  3. August 4th, 2008 at 21:27 | #3

    Unfortunately i cant attend. But personally, I think that you overdo the grim analysis, more as a reputation stunt then reality. Yes, security is complex and the vendors got tangled up in product strategies.
    But being a security guy myself, I would like to see more proof before i declare all is lost.
    Looking forward to parts of your presentation being published here
    Bozidar Spirovski http://www.shortinfosec.net

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