Be a fly on the wall at Suits and Spooks, a genuinely unique technology event that helps unmask the cold realities of cyber conflict and espionage. If you missed the latest gathering in New York City in October 2013, you can still catch many of the eyebrow-raising sessions from the event with this complete video compilation.
Taia Global’s Suits and Spooks Collision event brings individuals from the U.S. Intelligence Community together with innovators and executives from a wide variety of private sector disciplines, including technology, finance, entertainment, and science. The result is two days of frank discussions, challenging perspectives, and collaborative problem solving.
Here are some of the sessions included in this video package:
The Top 50 Non-state Hacker Groups in the World—Christopher Ahlberg (Co-Founder, CEO of RecordedFuture)
Out of the Mountains: a future of feral cities, urban systems under stress, and increasing overlaps between the real and virtual worlds—Dr. David Kilcullen (CEO of Caerus Associates)
IceFog: a Chinese Cyber Mercenary group discovered by Kasperky Lab researchers—Roel Schouwenberg (Sr. researcher, Kaspersky Labs)
Emerging Bad Actors in the Virtual and Physical Worlds—Panel discussion moderated by Jeffrey Carr (Founder, CEO of Taia Global)
How to survive a surveillance-friendly environment—Mike Janke (Co-founder, CEO of Silent Circle)
Comments about oreilly Suits and Spooks New York 2013: Complete Video Compilation:
While I've worked in IT for over 15 years, I've primarily focused on support and business intelligence applications. I've always been interested in programming and network security though. On my list is the goal of attending a security/hacker conference, but I have a ways to go in my education for it to be of any benefit.
Suits and Spooks is a cyber security conference that is held four times a year. This particular set of recordings is from New York City in 2013. The conference is unique in that is a limited attendee conference that allows for greater and more detailed interaction between the speakers and attendees. It is also a single track conference allowing for better overall focus. All presenters come to the conference knowing that they may be challenged by attendees which allows for a freer flow of information and debate.
The videos touch on this to some degree. There are several points throughout the presentations where attendees ask questions in the flow for clarification or to challenge a presented point. A tip of the hat to the conference recorders in their setup. 95% of the questions that were asked were recorded clearly allowing for a better overall feel in watching the videos. The split screen of video and presenter slides was well done as well.
The content is top notch. I would guess it is true of all events, but for this one in particular the topics were pretty high level. This doesn't seem to be a conference aiming at the newest and greatest ways of locking down a business network. Topics covered included using technology to track poachers in Africa, using social media on the ground to help in urban warfare, a new security attack aimed at getting information for money, and an overview of state actors currently active in cyberspace.
As I stated I'm not currently working in cybersecurity, but I found the presentations to be informative. Some of the solutions presented have helped me to step outside of accepted technological paradigms to find creative solutions in day-to-day business dealings. Plus it was very informative from a cultural standpoint in how technology is being used by people around the world.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend