Shmoocon, an InfoSec conference held annually by The Shmoo Group since 2005, is held early each year in Washington, D.C. ShmooCon is a purposely smaller conference, focused on bringing original research to attendees and supporting networking. ShmooCon XIV was held January 19-21 at the Washington Hilton (for those history buffs out there, you might recall that ARPANET made its debut at this hotel in 1972). It is important to us at Gravwell to be involved in the community, so I jumped at the chance to attend this year's Shmoo!
With Thanksgiving on Thursday, the start of the winter holidays is here in the states. In addition to seasonal celebrations spanning the weeks, shopping often increases around this time. Two such days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are some of the biggest shopping days of the year and people often wait to see what deals can be found. Products are launched on or around Black Friday/Cyber Monday in the hopes of garnering more sales and to drive up excitement. Often, this is a great idea. Sometimes, though, a product drops in such a way that could only be dubbed failure.
You never forget the first time… and we’ll always remember getting together with hundreds of leading security experts at the first ever Wild West Hacking Fest in Deadwood, South Dakota. We got a lot of praise before the first guest arrived at our table, but that’s probably because we sponsored the coffee! Still, when people came over to look at Gravwell’s products, we got a lot of positive feedback and eager experts wanting to test what we can do.