Archive for the ‘Professional Development’ Category

Gestalt IT Tech Field Day

In my last post, I highlighted one of my favorite industry events, Shmoocon.  This led to me to start thinking about and researching other events, trade shows, and the like.

One interesting website that I have been researching is Gestalt IT.   It appears that they have held several events in the last year connecting IT vendors w/ bloggers & other influencers.   It looks like their Flagship event is called the “Tech Field Day“.

I would like to know if any of my readers have participated in one of these events as either a vendor or a delegate.  What did you think — good, bad, or indifferent?!? Besides the delegates, are their other attendees?  Feel free to leave a comment or email me directly at douglas <dot> haider <at> xirrus <dot> com.


Shmoocon 2011 Announced

The dates for Shmoocon 2011 were recently announced.  The annual East-coast hackers convention will be held January 28th – 30th (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)  2011.

It appears that the convention will take place at a different venue this year, the Washington Hilton Hotel.  As a Platinum Marriott member, I am a little disappointed that it won’t take place at the Wardman Park Marriott as it had in years past.

If I could tell you one thing, it’s that attendance to this event sells out FAST (literally, within minutes), so keep watching the Shmoocon website on dates and times to get your tickets.  You will have to jump on them immediately.  That being said, the majority of the weekend passes are usually available for around $75, so it’s not hard to see why they sell out so fast.

One of the best things about Shmoocon is the high quality speakers they bring in each year.  Speakers that have stuck out to me in the past include Joshua Wright and Simple Nomad.

Besides the quality content, another great reason to attend is that it is FUN.  They have lots of ancillary activities to include a “Hack or Halo” contest (hackers compete in a capture the flag contest and gamers participate in a Halo contest on the XBox 360), as well as an off-site party.

Bottom line, Shmoocon is definitely worth both your time and your money.

Wi-Fi Jedi Speaking at Phoenix ISSA – 7/13

For those of you in the Phoenix area, I will be speaking at the Phoenix Information Systems Security Association chapter meeting on Tuesday, July 13th 2010.  Registration starts at 11:30, and I will be speaking at noon.

I will be speaking about using Wi-Fi as a part of your Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery process.  My session abstract is below as well as the invite from ISSA to attend the meeting.  If you are interested in attending, there is a hyperlink at the end of the invitation.

Presentation Abstract: When disaster strikes, does your organization have the processes and technology in place to ensure continuation of business?  In today’s high tech world, one important piece to restoring normal business operations is to establish a reliable computer network.  The speaker will discuss the main factors in deciding in whether to deploy a wired or wireless network as a part of disaster recovery & business continuity – factors including cost, security, and reliability.  The presentation also includes a case study and several recommendations to maximize value to session attendees.

Phoenix ISSA® invites you to its

Q3/10 Quarterly Training Forum to be held on:

DATE: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

TIME: 11:30 am –5 pm


1. “Wireless Security and BCP” – Douglas Haider, Xirrus

2.  “End Point Security” – Parker Marshall Fishnet Security

3.  “VM Security”, Diane Barrett, University of Advancing Technology

4. “Business Records to Digital Evidence”, Hoyt Kesterson, Terra Verde Services


ITT Technical Institute — 5005 W. Wendler Dr., Tempe, AZ  85282

(NW Corner, I-10 & Baseline, Across from Fry’s Electronics)

Please join us!  Our speakers represent security leaders in different industries who will share their insights and expertise.  Stay on top of an ever-changing field, with leading edge content.  Get a free lunch and snacks.  Earn 4 hours CPE credits for certification maintenance (we provide the certificate).  Meet and network with other security professionals.  Win great door prizes!

For event details and registration go to: RSVP link

This event will be full—don’t wait to register!

Attending a Conference? There’s an App for That!

I just published a post on my Computerworld blog about how conferences and tradeshows of the future are incorporating more mobile and wireless technologies to provide attendees more value than ever before.

In that post, you’ll find out how cutting edge events are:

  • Extending the battery life of your mobile devices
  • Using high density Wi-Fi networks to offload bandwidth demands from cellular networks
  • Leveraging video as a way for attendees to connect & share

As a preview to that post, check out the 2 minute video I created about an iPhone app created specifically for one such  event, the Forrester IT Forum:

2010 GAWN Job Task Analysis Survey‏

WiFiJedi: The note below was emailed to me today.  This is a great vendor-neutral certification.  I filled out the survey.  If you think you fit the requirements, take a few minutes to fill out the survey yourself!

The GIAC Wireless Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking (GAWN) JTA committee has recommended an updated set of certification objectives, and we are conducting a formal Job Task Analysis. We are seeking Wireless Security subject matter experts to vote on proposed changes and rate the relevance of each certification objective. If you have wireless security background and experience, especially if the experience involves penetration testing your input will be valuable in shaping this certification. Please note that if your background does not include experience with wireless security, we are unable to use your input for the survey at this time. Your name may be listed in the validation report if this certification is submitted for ANSI accreditation. This survey will take an estimated 15 minutes of your time and can be accessed at the link below. The survey will be available through 12:01 AM on 7/1.

Thank You.

Chris Carboni

GIAC Technical Director


WiFiJedi to Speak at 6/2 Webinar

I try to advertise my speaking engagements so that if you are in the area, you can stop by and introduce yourself.  I love meeting others that share my passion for wireless networking and security.  However, one complaint that I hear is “you never give a presentation near where I live”.

Well, here is your opportunity.  This Wednesday, June 2nd, I am giving an online presentation.  It is a webinar  in conjunction with TribalNet and goes live at 2pmEST/11amPST.  TribalNet is an industry resource for technology professionals in the Native American industry. I will be presenting “Designing for 802.11n Wi-Fi Deployments”. You don’t need to be a member to join the webinar – the link to register is below.

Link to pre-register:

I hope that I will “see” many of you online this Wednesday!

Forrester IT Forum

I am attending the Forrester IT Forum in Las Vegas, NV this week. It is a three day event centered around Business Technology. The event has great keynote speakers (among others, today’s were from CIO of Starbucks, VP of Lean Business from Nike, and CEO of Xerox).  There are also break-out or track sessions.  There are 10 or so different tracks.  Today I attended the track for Technology Product Management & Marketing Professionals.

I am covering the event on my Computerworld blog ( – In fact, I just posted my first video blog for Computerworld!   It is is about a minute long, so hop on over there and check it out!

I you want real time information, I am microblogging about the event on Twitter under the username @WiFiJedi and the hashtag #ITF10.   You can also follow Forrester on Twitter at @forrester.

Speaking Engagement *Tomorrow* 5/13 in Texas

I will be speaking at the Region One Technology Education Conference in South Padre Island, TX tomorrow at 9 AM local time.

My presentation is titled “802.11n: Lessons Learned from the First 1,000 Xirrus Installations”

Session Description:

Districts making the move to 802.11n or deploying a wireless network for the first time will explore lessons learned from the past two years of over 1000 Xirrus 11n installations. Site surveys, network design, client considerations, performance results, interoperability and backwards compatibility will all be investigated.

Conference Information:

The Region One ESC Technology Conference is one of the most successful conferences in the state of Texas strictly devoted to educational technology. Our conference is carefully organized where both educators and administrators find and explore new ways to help their organizations become successful in the area of educational technology. Our conference showcases some of the latest technologies in education and provides educators and administrators in the following areas of professional growth:
  • Leadership and Administration – e-Rate Training and Technology Purchasing
  • Innovation – Web 2.0 Tools, Mobile Devices and Open Source Products
  • Teaching and Learning – Technology Education and Content Area Based Workshops
  • Technology Support and Management – Security, Data Management and Green Technologies

Here is a link to the conference website:

Speaking Engagement *Tomorrow* Feb 17th at ASIS Phoenix

For those of you that are local to Phoenix, I will be speaking about wireless networking and security to the Phoenix Chapter of ASIS (American Society of Industrial Security) tomorrow, February 17th.

The meeting is being held at the University Club:

39 E Monte Vista Rd
Phoenix, AZ

It is a lunch meeting with registration starting at 10:45 am. Lunch and networking are before the presentation, which starts at approximately 12 noon. There will be a Q & A session to follow.

About ASIS:

ASIS International, formerly known as the American Society of Industrial Security, is the preeminent organization for security professionals with more than 36,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS International is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs that address broad security interests. The ASIS Phoenix, AZ Chapter was chartered in January 1958 and today has over 400 members who are active security professionals and represent over 300 companies throughout Arizona. ASIS International has a long standing relationship with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).

ASIS International, and its chartered chapters also advocate the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. It provides members and the security community with access to a full range of certification programs and services, and publishing the industry’s number one magazine Security Management. ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance and is the first of its kind to be awarded the Safety Act Designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The ASIS International website is:

The Phoenix Chapter website is:

Webinar *Today* at 11am PT / 2pm ET

The Burton Group and Xirrus are offering a FREE educational webinar today (Wednesday, Dec 2nd) on the newly ratified IEEE wireless standard, 802.11n.  I delivered the Xirrus portion of this presentation at INTEROP New York a couple weeks ago, so I can tell you it’s packed with great information.  🙂

“802.11n: Lessons Learned from the First 1,000 Xirrus Installations”

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Time: 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm UK


Paul DeBeasi, Senior Analyst, Burton Group

Kurt Sauter, Director of Product Marketing, Xirrus

The webinar is posted on the Xirrus webinars page:

You can use the below to register:

This webinar will discuss:

• Features that the first generation 11n products provide
• Site Survey Issues
• Performance Expectations
• Network and Architecture Considerations
• Client Device Considerations
• Security Issues
• Overall Recommendations

The webinar will be archived on the Xirrus website, and anyone will be able to listen/view after the live event.