Spent January 16th up in Dundee, at the University of Abertay, at Securi-Tay 2. It was a very well run conference – it was organised by students on the Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures course, but was better organised than some professional conferences I have been to.
I saw some excellent speakers, and gave a talk on career planning in information security, so mine was by far the least technical talk there.
Highlights for me:
- Rory McCune gave an excellent talk on automation of security testing, both as a standard practice to make life easier, but to help consistency and standards in testing.
- Marion McCune presented on using the Windows Surface for security testing, which I think surprised everyone with the power of an ARM powered tablet.
- Graham Sutherland’s talk on attacking office hardware ranged from simple and relatively harmless, to pretty hardcore hacking via chip removal and analysis. Excellent fun, but sadly there was no party hat…
- Nick Walker’s talk on Android Security Assessments, while slightly too technical for me, was very interesting, and reminded me to pop Cyanogenmod on my Galaxy S3 this weekend.
- The” Rory track” – of the two lecture theatres, one had 3 Rorys presenting, which just goes to confirm one of the Memes of Meta…
And the good folks at Securi-Tay kindly donated this bright red t-shirt to my con swag collection, so I went home even happier!