DeepSec 2011 Focus: Usable Security

René Pfeiffer/ June 13, 2011/ Administrivia, Conference

A few days ago we uploaded the keynote speech held by Matt Watchinski at DeepSec 2009. The title was: „Technology Won’t Save You, Only People Will“ This statement can be turned into the opposite: Technology won’t threaten you, people will. We’re not talking about threats from insiders turned rogue. We are talking about holes in your defence because of  badly configured or mishandled security devices and software. This has nothing to do with being Bastard Operator from Hell and putting the blame on the users or colleagues. A modern company infrastructure has to deal with a lot of  complexity all by itself. Adding security won’t reduce this complexity. Adding badly designed user interfaces (for security devices and options), confusing status/error messages and hardly comprehensible settings will most certainly increase the risk of security incidents.

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DeepSec 2011 Focus: Security Management and IT Governance

René Pfeiffer/ May 23, 2011/ Administrivia, Conference

Have you lost track of the risks that may or may not impact your security? How good are the facts you base your security decisions on? Does your organisation follow defined procedures in terms of deploying, monitoring or evaluating security measures? Who decides what’s next and what’s being phased out? Is there a way to get more sleep while fencing off risk factors at the same time? It’s very easy to get lost in the details and drown in the various tools of the security trade. Every day something happens. A single 0day can ruin your meticulously designed schedule. It would be nice to get a grip on the dynamics and introduce more stability. CIOs need to address the Big Picture. That’s exactly why we mentioned security management in our CfP. We’d like to

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DeepSec 2011 Focus: IPv6 and Next Generation Networks

René Pfeiffer/ May 13, 2011/ Administrivia, Conference

Since 3 February 2011 the IPv4 pool is now officially and fully depleted. „Peak IPv4“ was a long time ago. IANA can no longer hand out any IPv4 address space. Everyone who needs more address space will be force to look to IPv6. What about security? Are there any benefits? Has IPv6 eliminated all the weaknesses known with IPv4? Those who attended DeepSec 2010 already know the answers to these questions. Mark Heuse conducted a workshop and held a talk about IPv6 security. There’s no doubt that IPv6 is coming to town. Due to tunnels some networks even have IPv6 connectivity, some without even knowing. Setting up a tunnel with a router in your local network is easy. The router will announce itself to local nodes which will in turn automatically grab addresses and

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DeepSec 2011 Focus: Mobile Computing and Communications

René Pfeiffer/ May 2, 2011/ Conference

Our Call for Papers announcement mentioned seven topics that we are focussing on. We’d like to explain what these topics are all about in a couple of blog postings since it is not easy to squeeze everything into a few lines. We begin with mobile computing and communication. Mobile computing incorporates mobile computing devices such as smart phones, tablets, cell phones, laptops, netbooks, wrist watches, navigation devices and similar computers. Most of us are now accustomed to frequently use portable computing. We want to know what bugs and security risks we carry around. A lot of users regard these mobile computers as appliance, therefore the thought of upgrading or fixing software on them is less widespread. You don’t do firmware upgrades on your microwave oven or water boiler, do you? Maybe you should. Mobile

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DeepSec 2011 – Call for Papers opened!

René Pfeiffer/ April 15, 2011/ Administrivia, Conference

For the fifth time the DeepSec In-Depth Security Conference invites security researchers and professionals to submit suggestions for talks and workshops for our conference which will take place in November 2011 in Vienna. Please visit our updated website for more details about the venue, the schedule and information about our past conferences. We’re currently migrating the old content and collect the data from the old server in order to present archives of the past conference web sites. The DeepSec offers a mix of different topics and aspects like current threats and vulnerabilities, social engineering and psychological aspects as well as security management and philosophy. Our speakers and trainers traditionally come from the security community, companies, hacker spaces and academic organisations. We’ve updated the CfP, and you can submit content for three categories: Talks for

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BSidesVienna: Call For Papers

René Pfeiffer/ April 5, 2011/ Administrivia, Conference

In the wake of the 23rd annual FIRST conference there will be a B-Sides Vienna event together with the NinjaCon 11, 3rd edition. The B-Sides Vienna will be on June 18th, as will be the NinjaCon 11. The Call For Papers is now open and we ask you to submit your material! At B-Sides Vienna aka NinjaCon 11, we’re looking forward to see a selection of trainings, hands-on workshops, 50-minute presetations and 15-minute lightning talks. As we understand ourselves as an open, international event, the official conference language for all talks, trainings and workshops (as well as submitted abstracts), as always, is English. Topics of interest include (but are in no way limited to) the following: Information technology, network security, web application security, virtualisation and cloud computing, innovative attack strategies, forensics, embedded devices, physical

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DeepSec 2011 – Call for Papers out soon

René Pfeiffer/ March 14, 2011/ Administrivia, Conference

We’re currently working on the Call for Papers for DeepSec 2011. The conference will take places from 15 to 18 November 2011, so you might want to save this date and mark it in your calendar. Mobile gadgets, the wonderful world of app stores filled with mal- and software, infrastructure and information war(rez)fare are top on the list of Things To Watch Out For™. We will sum up what we’re after in the CfP published on our new web site.

FIRST Conference in Vienna

René Pfeiffer/ January 15, 2011/ Conference

2011 is already in full swing. That’s why we have an announcement for you. The 23rd annual FIRST Conference will take place in Vienna, Austria. We strongly recommend to participate. IT security never sleeps, and neither should you – at least when it comes to getting new ideas and get into touch with others. We will be there, so it would be great to meet you. Make sure you drop us a line, so we know you are around. If you have material for a lightning talk, there’s still time to get a slot. You just have to contact the conference office by e-mail. The address can be found on the conference program web site.

CfP revision is almost done

René Pfeiffer/ August 11, 2010/ Administrivia, Schedule

We’re almost finished with the review of presentations and trainings submitted via the Call for Papers form. Everyone will get a notification during the next couple of days. You really sent us a lot of high-quality content, and we are proud to set the stage for your research results. Some vendors might not be as happy as we, but let’s see what happens. Expect the preliminary schedule soon.

Call for Papers – Reminder

René Pfeiffer/ June 19, 2010/ Schedule

Our Call for Papers is still running until 31 July 2010. We already have some very interesting talk and workshop submissions. Two experts cover the black magic of the last mile and network backbones. Clearly this is critical infrastructure and is often neglected when implementing security measures. Few administrators put their firewalls in front of the ISP’s modem. There are attacks against infrastructure. Wireless networks illustrate this problem very well. Strangely when it comes to wired networks people think of them as more secure. True, wired connections cannot be accessed through thin air, but this doesn’t immunise them against threats on the infrastructure level. Routing protocols, administrative interfaces, unpatched firmware, bugs, noisy broadcasts and network design errors can lead to a fertile ground for a compromised network well before your firewall kicks in. So

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