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@BSidesLondon returns for its third year: the hat-trick edition

December 14, 2012


By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Security B-Sides, one of the most recognised community-driven events built by, and for, information security community members, announces the return of Security B-Sides London; continuing to connect the security community in its third year running . This year’s event will take place on April 24th 2013, at Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall.


Security B-Sides London is designed to create a forum to tackle current issues and provide a platform for the information security community to collaborate and educate. The first UK Security B-Sides event took place in London in 2011, and sold out within a week of tickets becoming available. The 2013 Security B-Sides London is expected to provide more than 500 participants an opportunity to network with peers, part take in workshops and attend presentations by established as well as up and coming speakers. The event will be supported and sponsored by MWR Infosecurity, , KPMG, Cigital, Dradis Professional and 7Elements.


Mital Goel, co-organiser of Security B-Sides London comments: “Security B-Sides is unique because it is driven by the information security community, for the information security community, and encourages lively and honest debate on the real issues affecting the information security industry today.


“After another record year in 2012, we’re planning Security B-Sides London 2013 to be the biggest and most diverse event yet. We have opened our call for speakers and are looking forward to hosting more interesting and insightful debates. Tickets will be available from January 6th – keep a lookout on our Twitter feed (@BSidesLondon) and B-Sides London LinkedIn group for announcements.”


The deadline to submit a talk has been extended to 5th January, 2013, more information can be found here: 


Martyn Ruks, Technical Director at MWR Infosecurity comments: “MWR InfoSecurity is proud to be Conference Core Partner of BSides London 2013. Having sponsored the conference last year and been part of such an important community event we are keen to get involved again. As a company we invest heavily in knowledge sharing and believe that events such as BSides London are invaluable to the community, providing a platform for discussion on the latest thinking and research in the InfoSec arena. We are delighted to be part of an event that gives something back and just keeps on getting better.”


For further information please see the below URL or contact the team direct. The first wave of tickets will be announced in December via Twitter @BSidesLondon and the LinkedIn Group ‘BSides London’. Tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis.

About Security B-Sides 

Launched in mid-2009, Security B-Sides is a community-driven event built for and by information security community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. . It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening and the Security B-Sides London team is bringing this back to London.


The volunteers for Security B-Sides London were inspired by the framework of the original Security B-Sides event in the USA, and have worked together to bring this to the UK. Security B-Sides events are free, community events organised by local individuals, with the expressed goal of enabling a platform for information dissemination.


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February 28, 2012


THE guide to #RSAC 2012 courtesy of @securosis

February 28, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

For first timers at the RSA Conference and maybe even some older hands such as myself, I wanted to share a great guide to the show which has been put together by those rather nice chaps at Securosis. 

To tell the truth I had, over the last few weeks, been tearing my hair out due to the crazy exhibitors listing (or lack of it!) and session scheduling on the official RSA website. (Sorry guys – love the show but I wanted to see who was there easily and that info was just not forthcoming) So when having a little web lurk today, I found just such a list of exhibitors along with tips and hints around making the most of the show in the Securosis’ guide to RSA. For anyone else who is having navigation issues on the RSA website, or just wants an experienced hand to guide them through this fab show. Click here and all or at least almost all will be revealed.

Thanks guys. Hope to see you at the Thirsty Bear for #securitybeers after the Welcome Reception tonight 🙂




Editor Eleanor Dallaway on the new rebrand of Infosecurity Magazine ahead of #RSAC

February 23, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Infosecurity Magazine‘s Editor and Associate Publisher, Eleanor Dallaway, on film re: their relaunch:

Eleanor explains how the new darker image of Infosecurity reflects the increase in the magazine’s coverage of cyber threat news.

We’ll be interviewing Eleanor next week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Keep an eye on the blog for our interview with Eleanor here very soon.

Looking forward to seeing you at RSA!


Need to get a ticket to @BSidesLondon? Next wave of tickets available at 12:30pm TODAY! Don’t miss out!

February 22, 2012

  By Rose Ross, AKA @Rose_at_O


If you missed on the first wave of tickets to go to the other infosecurity conference in London in April, don’t worry!  Apparently the first 200 tickets sold out within 1 1/2 hours so consider that as the next and final ticket release happens today at 12:30pm GMT. Get ready on your buzzers to nab one of those tickets.

When exactly is the next BSidesLondon?
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (GMT)

Where: The Barbican –

Hear from #BsidesLondon organiser @JimmyBlake on this year’s event and the fantastic iconic Barbican location  (Thanks for the heads up in  a recent tweet from@J4VV4D – AKA Infoseccynic

Also more here from the official announcement on the event!

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Black Hat USA 2012: Today is the last chance to save $1,100

February 1, 2012

**A reminder that Early Bird registration ends February 1, sign up in order to save $1100 off of the onsite price for Black Hat USA 2012. **

To register visit:

Black Hat USA Keynote Announced:

Black Hat USA proudly presents Neal Stephenson to the main stage Thursday, July 26, 2012. Stephenson will delve into a host of writing and technology-related topics, including his brand new novel “REAMDE.” The novel explores the exploitation of a massively multiplayer online role- playing game through the release of the REAMDE virus – a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. Stephenson will host a special book signing on site after his keynote.

For more information, visit:

Not Venturing to Las Vegas This Year? There is Still Time to Register for Black Hat Europe 2012.

Black Hat is returning to Amsterdam March 14-16 at the Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel. This year’s event will showcase the latest in technical security content from researchers around the world. The 2012 event will feature:

– Keynote Presentation from public-key cryptography pioneer, Whitfield Diffie

– Three full days of Briefing presentations: Current lineup available at

– Select single-day training courses including:
Cyber Network Defense Bootcamp by Adam Meyers
Designing Secure Protocols by Moxie Marlinspike
Mobile Hacking II by HotWAN

– Open source tool demonstrations – termed The Arsenal

Sign up now to save over 250 EUROS off of onsite prices. In addition we would like to invite Black Hat LinkedIn members to save an additional 15% off of Briefings registration (excludes training) by registering with the code: EULINK2PROM

For event information and to register, visit:

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Keen to explore the Infosec Blogosphere? Here’s a useful map (Thanks to #RSAC)

January 31, 2012


By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

The Countdown team are always on the lookout for handy resources for the Infosec PR and marketing community, so when we were planning our fun at RSA later this month we found a little gem. We stumbled across a very nice tour guide for those in search of the great and and the good of the security blogger world.

The Security Bloggers Network syndicates blog posts from a long list of top notch security bloggers (Don’t worry we’ll be asking for interview for the blog here!). Many names you’ll recognize and many that you may not. Give it a visit and enjoy your trip!

We also spied the Social Security Blogger Awards which is announced each year at the Bloggers Meet up at the US RSA show. Nominations are usually by a panel of blue collar judges made up of some of the leading security journalists in the media.  Voting for the actual winners is done by SBN members.

What sets the SSBA apart is it is not a popularity contest, but rather an award by security bloggers and podcasters for bloggers and podcasters. It is truly a guild or peer award. Any blog or podcast that is nominated to the finalists represents the best of the best in their category.

Here are the finalists for the 2011 awards:

Before the finalists, special thanks to our all star panel of celebrity judges:

1. Bill Brenner of CSOOnline

2. Ellen Messmer of Network World

3. Kelly Jackson-Higgins of Dark Reading

4. Larry Walsh of Channelnomics

Without further delay I am very pleased to announce the finalists for the 3rd Annual Social Security Blogger Awards:

Best Corporate Security Blog

Best Security podcast

Most educational security blog

Most entertaining security blog

Security Blog that best represents the industry

The single best security blog post of the year