Well recently I put together the Inaugural Security Camp Oz (SCO) 07. It is a community driven event for the IT Security community. We held it in Wagga Wagga at the Charles Sturt University campus. SCO is a FREE two day event for IT Security Professionals of all platforms. Even though a Microsoft guy put it together, it wasn't a "Microsoft" event. We invited speakers from all areas to present.
We had great speakers and some great sessions over the two days. Here's the list (also available at http://www.securitycampoz.com )
Grant Holliday (Readify) - Securing your development environment with TFS David Griffiths (NSW Dept of Lands) - Case Study: Secure Remote Access as a Tool for Business Continuity Jamie Sharp (Microsoft) - Your Data Centre of the FutureOrin Thomas (Security MVP)- Pushing the limits of EFS in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Rocky Heckman (Microsoft)- Technical Compliance Management Jason Howarth (Charles Sturt University) - The Principals Of Cryptography Christian Heinrich (Self) - CVSS and the MS Severity Matrix Dave Lemphers (Microsoft) - Identity in Social Networks in Web 2.0 Rocky Heckman (Microsoft) - UAC Revealed Michael Kleef (Microsoft) - Windows Server 2008 Security Sandi Hardmeier (IE MVP) - Real World Risks Michael Kleef (Microsoft) - Getting the Security Message Across Matt Jonkman (Bleeding Edge Threats) - Writing SNORT Rules
Overall it was a very successful event. 140+ Pizzas, and 600+ bottles of drinks. Plus a lto fo education, networking, and general story swapping. All of the attendees I spoke with agreed that they learned a lot and they'd come back next year with friends.
There were some eye opening moments for a few people, and some panic attacks as well. You just never know what little things people can think of to break your systems.
Next year though I hope to get more presenters from the Linux and Open Source community. Security isn't a Microsoft, or Sun thing, it's an industry thing. It doesn't matter what platform you are using, we are all at risk, and we all have the same duty of care to protect those that use our products, whatever they may be.
Some key takeaways from the presentations:
Stay tuned for next year's camp. I'm sure you'll find it's worth it. Lots of people turned up, and they all got something out of it. So tell your friends! ;-)