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Looking Forward to Catching Up At RSA…

April 18th, 2015 No comments

If Black Hat and DEF CON are Security Summer Camp, then RSA is the Spring Dance.

I think this is my 16th RSA Conference.  I believe I am now eligible for the AARP discount shortly.

Beyond the massive amount of customer, partner, analyst and press stuff I have to do this year, I have some stuff to talk about:

Christofer’s sessions at USA 2015

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Also, I have a keynote talk and panel discussion at the AGC Conference
The coolest part of my involvement this year is with the RSA Cyber Security Safety Village — my non-profit, HacKid, is one of the 6 partners that are exhibiting in Moscone West all week:

In partnership with San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation, RSA Conference 2015 will transform Moscone West (level 2) into the Cyber Safety Village, where you will get a sneak preview of The Tech’s upcoming new exhibit—Cyber Detectives! You can also speak with our Village Partners and learn more about the role you can play and how you can make a difference in your own community.

We have an opportunity as a profession to make a significant impact in the lives of kids by keeping them safe online. Find out how you can make a difference. Support RSAC Cyber Safety: Kids by visiting the Cyber Safety Village in Moscone West and taking advantage of the many resources provided by our Village Partners

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See you there!
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The HacKid Technology Conference For Kids & Their Parents…

October 2nd, 2010 No comments

There are many projects in my time that I’ve been passionate about, honored to have curated and personally gratified by others’ responses to, but none more than HacKid.

What is HacKid?

HacKid is a new kind of non-profit conference focused on  providing an interactive, hands-on experience for the entire family — kids aged 5-17 & their parents —  in order to raise awareness, excitement and understanding of technology, gaming, mathematics, safety, privacy, networking, security and engineering and their impact on society and culture.

The first HacKid conference is in Cambridge, MA on the weekend of October 9th and 10th, 2010.

The activities and sessions at HacKid are many and varied in topic.  Some of the things the kids and parents will do are:

  • Learn About Online & Social Networking Safety
  • Make a 
  • Learn How to Deal With 
  • Learn Kodu & 
Scratch Programming Languages
  • Build An 
Interactive Robot 3D printer
  • Discover Hair Hacking
  • Learn How the Internet works
  • Get Creative With Food Hacking
  • Manipulate Hardware & Software For Fun
  • Dive Into Electronics
  • Learn magic
  • Build a trebuchet
  • Meet & interact With Law Enforcement
  • Learn About Low-impact Martial Arts/Self-Defense

There’s a ton of stuff to learn and get excited about.

The gist of the idea for HacKid (sounds like “hacked,” get it?) came about when I took my three daughters aged 6, 9 and 14 along with me to the Source Security conference in Boston.  It was fantastic to have them engage with my friends, colleagues and audience members as well as ask all sorts of interesting questions regarding the conference, however while they were interested in some things, it wasn’t engaging for them because it wasn’t relevant, it wasn’t interactive, it wasn’t hands-on…it wasn’t targeted to them.

…and it wasn’t meant to be.

I went home that night, registered the domain name, tweeted about it and was overwhelmed with people who said they wanted to help make this a reality.  The next day I reached out to the folks at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development (NERD) center in Cambridge and they kindly volunteered their amazing facilities.  From that moment on (a few months) it’s been on like Donkey Kong.

We have some amazingly kind and generous sponsors: USENIX, Microsoft, Kaspersky, Barracuda, IOActive, Cisco, Elenco, Trustwave, ISC2, You-Do-It Electronics, O’Reilly, and the Cloud Security Alliance.  Also, I’ve been blessed with some amazing volunteer help in the form of my Board of Advisors: Andy Ellis, Zach Lanier, Jack Daniel, Joe Garcia, Tim Mugherini, Tim Krabec, Jennifer Hoff, Tiffany Rad, Ryan Naraine, and David Blank-Edelman.

I’m really excited about how this is turning out and we’re going to replicate it across the country/world after we wrap the first one in Boston.  The wiki details some of the other candidate venues.

I do hope you’ll join us.  Space is running out and we’re closing registration on 10/6, so get typing if you and your kids want to come:


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On Amrit Williams’ (BigFix) Beyond The Perimeter Podcast

July 18th, 2010 No comments

My good friend Amrit Williams (@amrittsering) from BigFix (congrats on the IBM acquisition!) has an awesome Podcast titled “Beyond the Perimeter.”

He was nice enough to invite me to record episode 93 titled “Is Trust the Real Barrier To Cloud Computing?” (ultimately points you to an iTunes subscription.)

We spoke for almost an hour on all sorts of great discussion points related to Cloud Computing, specifically focusing on Trust (which I define in context as Security, Compliance, Control, Reliability and Privacy.)

We also spoke about the Cloud Security Alliance, CloudAudit and the HacKid conference — three things I am very passionate about.

Thanks Amrit, great conversation as usual.


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Introducing The HacKid Conference – Hacking, Networking, Security, Self-Defense, Gaming & Technology for Kids & Their Parents

April 26th, 2010 1 comment

This is mostly a cross-post from the official website, but I wanted to drive as many eyeballs to it as possible.

The gist of the idea for HacKid (sounds like “hacked,” get it?) came about when I took my three daughters aged 6, 9 and 14 along with me to the Source Security conference in Boston.

It was fantastic to have them engage with my friends, colleagues and audience members as well as ask all sorts of interesting questions regarding the conference.

It was especially gratifying to have them in the audience when I spoke twice. There were times the iPad I gave them was more interesting, however. 😉

The idea really revolves around providing an interactive, hands-on experience for kids and their parents which includes things like:

  • Low-impact martial arts/self-defense training
  • Online safety (kids and parents!)
  • How to deal with CyberBullies
  • Gaming competitions
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Basic to advanced network/application security
  • Hacking hardware and software for fun
  • Build a netbook
  • Make a podcast/vodcast
  • Lockpicking
  • Interactive robot building (Lego Mindstorms?)
  • Organic snacks and lunches
  • Website design/introduction to blogging
  • Meet law enforcement
  • Meet *real* security researchers 😉

We’re just getting started, but the enthusiasm and offers from volunteers and sponsors has been overwhelming!

If you have additional ideas for cool things to do, let us know via @HacKidCon (Twitter) or better yet, PLEASE go to the Wiki and read about how the community is helping to make HacKid a reality and contribute there!



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