Monday, March 19, 2012

Honeynet Annual Meeting (the day before)

I arrived about 2PM PST yesterday in San Jose. Even on a 'cold day', northern California is really nice this time of year.

I feel like I'm giving confession.. Forgive me Father,  it's been five years since I've attended a Honeynet Annual Meeting. My last was five years ago at Lance's house. I expected to walk into the hotel and see a bunch of aging guys, grey, bald, overweight (all of which happened to ME in the last few years!) but what I found was actually a nice surprise. Yeah, the old crowd was here, but we were WAY outnumbered by the younger crew. In the end I spent probably 30 minutes with Max Kilger -one of my favorite conversationalists. Max is a PhD behavioral psychologist. He and I were the two 'non-geeks' when the project kicked off years ago. We authored a paper called "Know Your Enemy: Statistics" outlining and demonstrating very simple early warning techniques for inbound attacks. Max specialized in behavioral trends. I focused on non-technical intelligence.

Last night we had the opportunity to compare notes five years later. I'm sure we'll have more, but last night was fun. Max is writing models to code data to predict cyber activity in today's world. Wow. I've always taken the 'keep it simple stupid' approach -measuring defects, looking for anomalies. Max on the other hand has a world of data at his fingertips to mine, twist, and see what comes out. Wow.

Anyway, it's 5:41AM. I'm still on EST, so I've been up for a while. It's time to hit the showers and get ready for the day. I'm excited to see what these new young Honeynet thinkers have in store for me!

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