Yesterday (18 October) was BSidesRDU 2019, so it's time for another conference blog post!
BSidesRDU 2019 - Introduction
The theme this year was Security Dumpster Fire, and it turned out awesome. There was even this sweet badge to go with the theme.
For another review, you can check out Steve's post.
BSidesRDU 2019 - Keynote
I wish I could summarize this talk better, but I couldn't do it justice. Instead, I'll just give you the description from the website/pamplet:
"When the FBI is having a hissy fit because Apple can’t help them unlock the data on a phone you know it is pretty secure. On the other hand, there are products shipping with without signed updates and people still manage to make their S3 bucket world readable. The knowledge to build and operate secure systems is out there. Why don’t we implement it? This talk will take a look at how to distribute security more evenly across all technology."
I highly recommend watching this talk once the videos are posted.
I spoke again this year, and it went well.
For starters, I made a "special request" as a speaker, and Patrick came through for me! Of course, I shared them with whoever asked, but it was still a fun time.
My topic was, "What is HTTPS, and Why Does It Matter?", and I had to go on stage right after the keynote!
This was the only conference that accepted this talk this year, so I'm glad that I got the opportunity to present it.
I'll have the slides (and videos) up soon, but please let me know if you have any questions or comments in the meantime.
Special shout-out to Rebecca for paying attention to my slides!
The only other talk that I made it to this year was Rebecca's, "Extinguishing the Vulnerability Management Dumpster Fire". This was another good one that was both fun and informative. I also recommend checking it out once BSidesRDU posts the videos.
I spent a little time helping at our booth, but I wasn't officially scheduled to spend any time there.
That said, a few of my co-workers held it down, and rocked our orange.
I also made sure to harass and catch up with Michael and the rest of the SwAG crew that came out.
Another BSides, and another CTF by EverSec CTF.
This year went well, and even better with the gear we got from the DerbyCon crew!
We had over 50 participants/teams, and there were only a few issues, but no actual server fires again!
I also wanted to thank strupo, and anyone else that helped at the CTF noobs table.
The prizes this year were awesome, and I wanted to thank everyone who donated them or time.
From eLearnSecurity, we got an eCPPT voucher and eJPT voucher, which went to 1st and 3rd place respectively.
We also got a SANS NetWars voucher, which went to 2nd place.
Finally, we got an AWESOME trophy, made by the amazing JoyKil.
Also, if you did not see her leggings, then you really missed out!
In the end, Cos1ne ended up on top, with a decent lead.
I've got at least one, if not more, write-ups for challenges that I wrote or solved. In the meantime, I recommend you check-out Steve's write-ups for the challenges that he created.
This was another sneaky book, which was is so cool.
The conference logo for this year was laser etched on the front.
And, like before, my name was etched onto the back!
There was also a speaker dinner the night before at Blue Corn Cafe. This was a fun time, and I had some pretty awesome food.
This is one of the best conferences for speakers, and you feel appreciated when you give a talk here.
BSidesRDU 2019 - Conclusion
There was no hacker Jeopardy this year, but that is my only complaint (other than location).
If you live anywhere near the Triangle, then I highly recommend that you head to this con next year.
Not sure what my topic for next year will be, but I've already got ideas for new CTF challenges.
Finally, my bookshelf is getting fuller year by year!