Reminder – Call for Papers DeepSec & DeepINTEL – Send your submissions!

René Pfeiffer/ July 8, 2019/ Call for Papers

We have been a bit radio silent since BSidesLondon. This is due to the hot weather in Austria, the preparations for the next DeepSec Chronicles book, some interesting features for DeepSec, and of course because of the submissions we received so far. We have a shortlist for the trainings which we will publish in the next few days. The Call for Papers still runs until 31 July 2019. So if you have some idea of how to fix the SKS keyserver infrastructure, know something about nation state hacking, broke a couple of things, have angered software developers by putting their code to the test, or have some general and very specific information to share, then send us your submission! The focus of DeepINTEL 2019 will be on the geopolitical aspects of information security. This

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Translated Press Release: IT Security is increasingly dominated by Geopolitics

Sanna/ February 18, 2019/ Call for Papers, Conference, DeepIntel, ROOTS

DeepSec and DeepINTEL conference open call for papers – submission for lectures and trainings are in demand.Anyone who reads the technology part of their favourite magazine can hardly escape the promises of future network technologies. Your own car becomes a smartphone. The talking fridge becomes a therapist. 5G mobile networks promise high-speed fibre optic streaming of data on the speed-limited electric scooter. The second reading reveals the meaning of the letter G in 5G – it stands for geopolitics. As part of the network expansion, there are discussions about hidden killswitches for emergency shutdowns, entire networks and backdoors to eavesdrop on customers. In November, the DeepSec In-Depth Security Conference addresses the technical challenges of the Internet of Things, emerging network technologies, and geopolitical constraints dictated by key events of the last 6 years. 5G

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Save the Date for DeepINTEL and DeepSec 2019

René Pfeiffer/ February 8, 2019/ Administrivia, Conference, DeepIntel

We did some clean-up and dealt with the administrative issues of past and future events. Finally we can announce the dates for DeepINTEL 2019 and DeepSec 2019. Grab or calendars or log into them: DeepSec 2019 Trainings – 26/27 November 2019 DeepSec 2019 Conference – 28/29 November 2019 DeepINTEL 2019 – 27 November 2019 The conference hotel is the same as for every DeepSec. We haven’t changed our location. As for the date, yes, we announced at the closing ceremony that we won’t collide with thanksgiving. We tried hard to avoid this, but given the popularity of Vienna as a conference and event city we had no choice. For 2020 and consecutive years we will do early reservations in order to avoid the week of Thanksgiving. The call for papers opens soon, as does

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Thank you all for attending and speaking at DeepSec 2018!

René Pfeiffer/ December 3, 2018/ Conference, Security

DeepSec 2018 is over. Thank you for attending and presenting at our conference! Without your interest and your configuration there would be no talks, no workshops, and no one else present.We had a great time, and we hope you enjoyed everything. We are now dealing with the administrative backlog, the metric ton of receipts, the post-processing of the video recordings, and lots of other things. Among the tasks is the feedback you gave us. We will try to improve, so the next DeepSec conference will feature some or all of your suggestions. Dates for DeepSec and DeepINTEL 2019 will be available soon. We will publish this information on Twitter, on our web site, and on our blog. As for the video recordings, please give us some time. The post-production has to deal with the

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Discussing Threat Intelligence in the City of Spies – DeepINTEL 2018 has started

René Pfeiffer/ November 28, 2018/ Conference, DeepIntel

What’s the best place to discuss security and threat intelligence? Well, according to Austrian investigative journalist Emil Bobi there are over 7,000 spies living and working in Vienna. To quote the article: „Austria has been an international spy hub since the late 19th Century, when people from all parts of the Austro-Hungarian empire flocked to the city.“ Basically it’s ancient tradition going back to the 19th century. During DeepINTEL we will discuss modern threats – advanced, persistent, networked, or otherwise. The focus will be on indicators of suspicious behaviour, the human component of information security, challenges by drone technology, and how to protect sources of information.  

DeepINTEL 2018 Talk: Framing HUMINT as an information gathering technique – Ulrike Hugl

Sanna/ November 20, 2018/ DeepIntel, Security Intelligence

NATO defines human intelligence (HUMINT) or hyoo-mint as “a category of intelligence derived from information collected and provided by human sources” (NATO Glossary of terms and definitions, APP-6, 2004) focusing on different kinds of information, for example data on things related to a human, information about a human’s specific knowledge of a situation, and other issues. HUMINT is differentiated into several categories like clandestine and overt collection. And: It is one of several other traditional intelligence collection disciplines, so called INTs; examples are SIGINT (signals intelligence), OSINT (open source intelligence), MASINT (measurements and signatures intelligence), GEOINT (geospatial intelligence), TECHINT (technical intelligence), SOMINT (social media intelligence), FININT (financial intellicence, gathered from analysis of monetary transactions), as well as CYBINT/DNINT (cyber intelligence/digital network intelligence, gathered from cyberspace). Intelligence Services deal with the analysis and collection of

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DeepINTEL 2018 Talk: Risk Management in Complex Scenarios – Oscar Serrano

Sanna/ November 8, 2018/ Conference, DeepIntel, Security

ICT risk management is a well-stabilized practice and as such is supported by international security standards and guidelines. But, despite advances in the legal and policy areas and the maturation of standardized frameworks for efficient risk management, it has still not become a controlled, systematic process in the cyber security domain of most organizations. One of the problems preventing organizations from having an enterprise approach to cyber security risk management is that these efforts have not been supported by commensurate investment to produce robust, technical implementations of suitable risk management methodologies and supporting systems. Although some tools do exist, such as PILAR, CRAMM, Ebios, Mehari, or Octave, they all implement different risk management methodologies and all of them are implemented to satisfy the need of specific users. None of them is a truly enterprise

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DeepINTEL 2018 Talk: Cyber Threat Intelligence – The Next Era of Cyber Security? – Markus Auer

Sanna/ November 5, 2018/ DeepIntel, Security Intelligence

The DeepINTEL security intelligence conference focuses on threats, indicators of compromise, and strategic counter measures. Information security is more than superficial. This is why we have asked Markus Auer to hold a presentation at DeepINTEL (28 November 2018). He explains his ideas in short: We are tired of adding new products to our ever-growing security structure. Although this has been a common practice for years, it does not bring lasting success. Attacks continue to occur – faster, more comprehensively and with much greater impact and rising costs. Despite all protection levels and measures, the current security approach fails. We want to stop the expansion and purchase of more reactive products that are targeted to the recent attack. Instead, security operations should be improved by aligning existing security technologies and teams and using the information

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DeepINTEL 2018 Security Intelligence Event – Preliminary Schedule is available

René Pfeiffer/ November 3, 2018/ Conference, DeepIntel

It took us longer than anticipated, but the schedule for DeepINTEL 2018 is final and available. The topics covered are ICT risk assessment in interconnected and complex environments, drone threats (to critical infrastructure), drone countermeasures, assessment of digital black markets (you can call them darkweb/crypto markets if you must), live threats to the information industry (based on finding and working with reliable sources in the field), framing HUMINT as an information gathering technique, and how to get started in modern cyber threat intelligence. The speakers will bring in-depth examples from their field of expertise. Given the format of DeepINTEL, the presentation are meant to turn into dialogues where you can directly ask questions and hopefully get answers helping you to understand how to detect and counter threats, and how to collect meaningful data for

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New date, same Location: DeepINTEL 2018 has been moved

René Pfeiffer/ August 10, 2018/ Administrivia, Call for Papers, Security Intelligence

The DeepINTEL 2018 has been moved in time, not in space. DeepINTEL 2018 will take place on 28 November 2018. The day is the second day of trainings at DeepSec. DeepINTEL will be in parallel, and it will be for one day instead of the original two days. We had to moved because of organisational constraints. By moving DeepINTEL we hope to create a better placement for the security intelligence platform. In addition the DeepINTEL Call for Papers is easier, allowing trainers and speakers at DeepSec to contribute to the aspect of DeepINTEL with specific content. In case you have some content for us: he focus for 2018 are stealthy and persistent attacks. This is the classic espionage attack vector, only with modern means. Ubiquitous networking, complex trust-relationships, and the increased flow of information

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Reminder: DeepINTEL and DeepSec Call for Papers are still open

René Pfeiffer/ May 14, 2018/ Call for Papers

We have been a bit radio silent. We have to deal with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and we are moving our infrastructure across the Internet. The blog is already moved. Further services wait for their transport. The reason is simple maintenance work and hosting our data a bit more privacy-friendly. For example our new ticket portal features privacy by design. Since the threats to information security don’t have to deal with boring stuff such as privacy and upgrades, we would like to remind you that the call for papers for both DeepINTEL and DeepSec is still open.

Advanced and In-Depth Persistent Defence

René Pfeiffer/ March 26, 2018/ Discussion, Security Intelligence

The attribution problem in digital attacks is one of these problems that get solved over and over again. Of course, there are forensics methods, analysis of code samples, false flags, mistakes, and plenty of information to get things wrong. This is nothing new. Covering tracks is being done for thousands of years. Why should the digital world be any different? Attribution policy tactics, APT, is part of the arsenal and thus part of the threats you are facing. It has less impact though, because it is only of interest when your defence is breached – and this means you have something else to worry about. Attribution is not useful for defending against threats. While you can use to to „hack back“, this will most probably not help you at all. The main problem with

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Change of Ticket System for DeepSec and DeepINTEL

René Pfeiffer/ January 31, 2018/ Administrivia, Conference

We have made some changes behind the scenes, as always when preparing the new events for the year. This time we decided to change the ticket shop for both DeepINTEL and DeepSec. The reason for the new shop is its focus on privacy and security. Most shops are part of a social media network or collect too much information (can be both, depends on the interaction and the platform). It doesn’t matter if the collected information is being protected by privacy procedures or not. Our intent was to streamline the process. For you this means that you can buy your tickets as easy as before. We still have vouchers, too. Ask our sponsors. Furthermore the payment is done directly to us, so we can manage your visit to DeepSec and DeepINTEL more efficiently. Also

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Save the Dates for DeepSec 2018 and DeepINTEL 2018

René Pfeiffer/ January 24, 2018/ Administrivia, Conference

While everyone was busy with the holidays, Meltdown and Spectre, we did some updates behind the scenes. DeepSec 2018 will be held from 27 to 30 November 2018. We tried not to collide with Thanksgiving, so that you can come to Vienna after being with your family. As always, the first two days will be the trainings followed by two days of conference. DeepINTEL 2018 will be on 17 / 18 September 2018. We have a topical focus for both events and will present each of them in a separate article. There still some details to work out. Wordsmithing and administrivia are the equivalence of dependencies and patches in software development – necessary, but they take time. It’s worth it, you will see for yourself. We have a special message for anyone who intends

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DeepSec 2017 thanks you and DeepSec 2018 is almost ready

René Pfeiffer/ November 22, 2017/ Administrivia, Conference, Mission Statement

We caught up on sleep and are right in the middle of post-processing DeepSec 2017. Thanks to you all for attending, presenting, sending feedback, and being part of a great event. The slides will be online soon. The videos are being converted. We will upload them as bandwidth permits. All speakers and attendees will get a code to access them early. Thanks for your feedback as well! We listen, and we have some plans to address the issues you reported. 2018 will see a lot of improvements. We will announce the dates for DeepSec and DeepINTEL 2018 soon. The events will stay in November and September. We just need to coordinate with the venue and will let you know as soon as possible. The Calls for Papers open early in 2018, as does the

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