For those who are in and around Waterloo, Ontario (in Canada), we have our CFP live! Even if you're not, feel free to look, we're just not offering travel assistance in our first year.
Two tracks, one business and one technical. If you're interested in speaking, take a look:
Tickets will be available soon for those interested in coming without speaking.
Alright, I tried this on Twitter and it failed, so let's see if it works here.
I'm looking for a #mentor to help me with EliteSec, specifically around marketing and lead gen. This is my first startup, but I'm not new to the culture, just running it. It's an #infosec consultancy but I'll admit that I've been a corporate shill for 20+ years now and I don't want that anymore.
Please boost for exposure.
Hello Mastodon! For anyone who is interested in working on #KringleCon this year but doesn't want to go at it alone, I have an offer! Purple Squad Security is building up a team again to tackle the challenge this year, and the doors are open!
New Podcast Episode - Fireside Chat with Adrian Cheek
Naturally I know I'm overreacting, hence the thread. It's therapy for me, not meant to drive anyone's opinion one way or the other. I post here to avoid strife within my group, but the next few weeks will be interesting. We're on hiatus until January. We'll see once we get back.
Thanks for the space to rant, this was cathartic.
But what-in-the-everloving-fuck is this BS of inflating your own self-worth? Lies and exaggerations of the truth really get to me. I'm already filled up with tasks, but part of me wants to cut something loose. I'd hate for it to be the conference, but this really cuts deep.
The worst part is that it is taking the honour and glory from the actual person behind the entire thing, and that's what bugs me more. Honour is VERY important to me, and there is none here.
I loved what I did, but I hated the pissing matches between developers, or the new young devs that came in wanting to throw everything away because of a new blog article they read. Infosec saved my career and my sanity.
This is why I do the podcast, this is why I wanted to do this conference. If not this one, then I would have started a BSides by myself.
EliteSec is my next adventure, hopefully it pans out as well.
I am more upset at the fact that they are using this to build up their own credibility. We talk of #rockstars in InfoSec, and it is clear that 2/5 of my fellow organizers are in that boat, or at least they're trying to be. This pisses me off to no end. That's what's getting me more than anything.
I am not here to seek fame. I am here to share my knowledge and give back to a community I switched into after years in software development. That career sucked.
Taking credit for the idea of the conference is what truly gets me though. It wasn't their idea, not by a long shot. It was the idea of two other organizers. I know this, I was added later into the game (by about 3 weeks), but holy hell was the work not evenly distributed.
This is not a pity party - I did my job to the best of my ability but I am not in it for the glory. It wasn't my idea nor am I interested in fame for the work I did.
Not only were they quick to pass off things to others, those that they kept doing but weren't totally into were done so poorly, we've pulled them off of them this year. The quality wasn't there and it felt like they were hurting the brand because of it.
But this whole thing about having all the "big ideas" for the conference is what kills me. They did not. Most of their "big ideas" made little sense and felt like power grabs and were thus denied.
So today I hear from a co-worker who went to a presentation from a co-organizer. What I was told blew my mind. My co-organizer had a presentation in which they said they had all the "big ideas" for our latest conference.
My friends, they barely had any.
Did they do good work? Yes, absolutely! They did wonderful things that they decided to put effort into. However the majority of things were just "too much work" for them and they passed it off.
Good luck to my cool podcast partner-in-crime Carole Theriault who is appearing at the LastPass event up in Manchester with Jessica Barker this evening.
I gave her a call earlier today to see if she was prepared and had finished packing her suitcase...
Listen to a 20 min segment of our podcast - about the 2014 Sony Pictures hack - in all good podcast apps: https://link.chtbl.com/smashingsecurity or join us on Patreon for the bonus episode in its entirety.