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Talks Of Interest at #BSidesLV

I've been looking over the schedule for BSidesLV to see which talks best fit the issues Akamai's InfoSec team is dealing with daily. 

It's always a roll of the dice when you try to determine which talks to attend, because some look like the right fit on the website but then the talk turns out to be something different. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I've gone to talks that didn't turn out as advertised but were useful all the same. I've also attended talks I hadn't planned for and walked away with something of value. 

Here are some agenda items that look good to me thus far:

Wednesday, July 31:

Tom Kopchak (CG2): Attacking and Defending Full Disk Encryption

Ed Bellis, Michael Roytman: Vulnerability & Exploit Trends: A Deep Look Inside The Data

Michael "DrBearSec" Smith: Calling All Researchers: A Discussion on Building a Security Research Framework

Alex Hutton (CG2): Alex Dreams of Risk: How the Concept of Being a Craftsman can Help you Find Meaning and Avoid Burnout

Sean Malone: HiveMind: Distributed File Storage Using JavaScript Botnets

Thursday, Aug. 1:

Nicholas J. Percoco and Joshua Corman: The Cavalry Isn't Coming

Javvad Malik: How embracing social media helped me stop the hackers, save the world and get the girl!

Alex Pinto (Joel Wilbanks): Using Machine Learning to Support Information Security

Davi Ottenheimer, Raymond Umerley, Jack Daniel, Steve Werby, David Mortman & George V. Hulme: Breach Panel

Steve Werby: Crunching the Top 10,000 Websites' Password Policies and Controls

BSides Las Vegas 2013 will be held July 31 and Aug. 1 at Tuscany Suites & Casino on Flamingo Ave.