London-based Security Advocate Martin McKeay is attending BruCON 2013 in Ghent, Belgium.
Meanwhile, Akamai CSO Andy Ellis and Security Intelligence Director Joshua Corman are headed to DerbyCon 3.0 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Andy will give a talk Friday called, "Cognitive Injection: Reprogramming the Situation-Oriented Human OS" and Josh is on deck for a Saturday talk called "The Cavalry Is Us: Protecting the public good and our profession."
Abstract for Andy's talk:
Cognitive Injection: Reprogramming the Situation-Oriented Human OS
Description: "It's a trope among security professionals that other humans - mere mundanes - don't 'get' security, and make foolish decisions. The human operating system has programmed itself over the last 50,000 years in ways that are understandable and manipulable. We can dynamically reconfigure human wetware to cause them to act and react in more desirable ways.
"Armed with these tools, the discerning organizational hacker can treat a group of humans as we would any other legacy distributed system; one which we can upgrade and modify to solve problems in more desirable ways! Beware, though, for these systems are Byzantine, complex, and are resistant to clumsy reprogramming efforts."
Abstract for Joshua's talk:
The Cavalry Is Us: Protecting the public good and our profession
Description: "The Cavalry Isn't Coming. Our fate falls to us or to no one. At BSidesLV and DEF CON 21, a call was made and many of you have answered. Here at DerbyCon, we begin the work of shaping our futures. We face a clear and present danger in the criminalization of research, to our liberties, and (with our increased dependence on indefensible IT) even to human safety and human life. What was once our hobby became our profession and (when we weren't looking) now permeates every aspect of our personal lives, our families, our safety... Now that security issues are mainstream, security illiteracy has lead to very dangerous precedents as many of us are watching our own demise. We're here to help us all hit rock bottom in the pursuit of something better. At some point the pain of maintaining inertia will exceed the pain of making changes, so it is time for some uncomfortable experimentation.
"This session will both frame the plans to engage in Legislative, Judicial, Professional, and Media (hearts & minds) channels and to organize and initiate our "constitutional congress" working sessions for Saturday & Sunday downstairs in Bellmonte. The time is now. It will not be easy, but it is necessary, and we are up for the challenge. It's high time we make our dent in the universe. For background, please watch the video of the launch of @iamthecavalry : http://bit.ly/16YbpC1 > Join the conversations also at: google group: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/iamthecavalry"