In the movie Sneakers, there is a defining moment when Robert Redford rearranges Scrabble tiles to figure out that ‘SETEC ASTRONOMY’ is actually an anagram.
With this in mind, I give you: SETEC CONFER MOAN (Yo!) (Click for full size)
I’m not saying that InfoSec Conferences are bad (although many a battered liver would disagree), but what i am saying is that we don’t seem to be improving our security posture at the same rate as we seem to be growing our conferences. Something is not right here.
Now some people have argued that this is because conferences favor “breakers” over “builders”, but I personally think that this is a red herring. If a builder with half a brain watches an interesting talk on breaking, he will no doubt start pondering useful defensive techniques. I think the problem instead is simply one of too much information. The buildup to every major conference these days includes press releases and tantalizing tweets promising Cyber Armageddon. Some talks come fully equipped with groupies and fans who seem uninterested in the technical content, but want to catch a glimpse of a security rockstar. It’s all a lot of fun, but real-world value? Not so much..
This is not to say that those talks are bad, just that they may not be the ones that should be occupying your thoughts. What’s missing from all this is context, and with more than half the year having some conference running somewhere in the world, all the information turns to noise.
We are hoping to help address this somewhat with ThinkstScapes.
For many, many years customers have been paying us to help them see further down the road with regard to upcoming trends and threats. Major conferences are often followed up with questions of “What did you think of XXX?”. ThinkstScapes aims at answering these questions and more. More importantly, ThinkstScapes aims at raising to the surface the research and happenings that really should be on your mind, that are currently being hidden in the noise.
With a report every quarter, and ad-hoc updates on key InfoSec events during the year, we think ThinkstScapes is an important subscription for anyone who needs to understand whats going on in the Information Security space. (ThinkstScapes)