Insider’s Guide to a SANS Conference – Day 1
If you are reading this, it means that we both survived Day 1 of SANS Phoenix. 🙂
My favorite part of the day was helping everyone at the registration desk. It was fun meeting so many different people. There seemed to be a good mix of people returning to SANS as well as first time conference attendees.
Stephen Northcutt gave a short “Welcome to SANS” briefing this morning. I wasn’t able to attend as I was at the registration desk (see above).
Classes kicked off at 9AM and most ran until approx. 5:30-6:00PM. I know that we covered a TON of information in the MGMT 512 (Security Leadership Essentials for Managers) course. We talked about budgeting, project management, vulnerability management, and vendor selection processes.
Even though I am in a Management course, there was a great deal of technical information covered in Day 1. We discussed the TCP/IP header, ports/protocols, and packet analysis. At one point I felt like Neo in The Matrix – (paraphasing more than an exact quote…) “what do you see in the matrix? ones and zeros? I see a blonde. I see a brunette.”
Logistically, everything seemed to run smoothly. As always with big conference rooms and theaters, the temperature runs cold, so don’t forget to bring a sweater or light jacket with you tomorrow. 🙂
Speaking of Twitter, I “tweeted” about the conference at least a half dozen times today. You can search for the hashtag #SANS_PHX or follow me (@wifijedi) to see the updates.