Insider’s Guide to a SANS Conference – Day 2
I’ll cut to the chase and give you the bottom line up front…
My favorite part of today’s conference were the SANS @night presentations. These are optional (and free) presentations that the SANS Institute supports on selected evenings of their conferences. One of today’s @night talks covered Web App Security and the other covered Man-in-the-Middle Attacks.
Web App security was given by Rich Mogull (@rmogull) and the MitM Attack talk was given by Bryce Galbraith. Saying that they were *PACKED* with information is an understatement. There are many intangible benefits of attending a SANS conference, and the @night presentations definitely top that list!
I also enjoyed my “normal” course, “Security Leadership Essentials for Managers”. I particularly enjoyed the conversation around malware and endpoint security. My take-away is that white listing is the future in this area. I Tweeted about this realization on my Twitter timeline (@wifijedib).
There were also a few logistical challenges today – the first was that one of the instructors came down with bronchitis and lost his voice. The SANS conference staff were able to schedule temporary work-around and work in a backup instructor in an incredibly short amount of time. Also, there was an internet outage at the conference hotel. Again, the conference staff worked tirelessly to resolve and developed an immediate work around. I was impressed with their ability to handle these situations – how strong are your business continuity processes?