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April 9, 2014

Going To Derbycon

Filed under: (In)Security, Where's Poochy? — Kevin Feasel @ 6:00 pm

I will be going to Derbycon for my third straight year.  This year, I’m taking Carlos Perez’s training course on using Powershell for defense and post-exploitation.  The last couple of years, I branched out into parts of security in which I had no experience; this is coming a lot closer to my wheelhouse.

I also have submitted a paper for their CFP.  Here’s my title and abstract:

A Gentle Introduction to Security Economics

Why do software manufacturers release software known to be vulnerable? Why are 419 scammers’ e-mails often so poorly written? Is making software open source better for security–or could it actually be worse? These are all questions which we can answer using economic tools. Economics is, at its core, the study of human behavior; given that security is fundamentally a human problem, marrying economic concepts to security analysis can give security researchers a better perspective on the problems we’re all trying to solve.

This talk assumes little to no knowledge of economics among attendees and will feature exactly zero Lagrangian calculations.

This talk is somewhat far afield of your standard Derbycon talk—which tends to be either highly technical or advocacy-related—but with luck, the committee will select my paper and I’ll have a chance to present in front of a brand new audience.

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3 Comments »

  1. If I ever become a super billionaire (this is like a normal billionaire, plus a jetpack or other apparatus which allows flight), I will establish a competing convention at the exact same time for lovers of hats. The computer professionals, being largely unacquainted with hats (presently company excluded, of course), will be easily fooled.

    They will call this the Derbyconcon.

    I believe I win the internet. If you disagree, I have plenty more of these puns.

    Comment by Tony Demchak — April 10, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    • Given that they sell derbies at Derbycon, I’m not sure you could pull the wool over their eyes.

      But then again, a suspicious number of people wear fedoras to the conference, so perhaps.

      Comment by Kevin Feasel — April 10, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

      • Perhaps they could sell one to Ricardo Montalban. Make him the Derbyconkhan.

        Comment by Tony Demchak — April 11, 2014 @ 10:48 am


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