A conference for information security professionals and enthusiasts returns to Louisville at the end of the month. DerbyCon is a four day event that will feature lectures by information and security experts as well as training courses for those who wish to hone their skills.
Organizer Adrian Crenshaw says the conference grew out of a series of classes he helped put together with co-founders Martin Bos and David Kennedy. The classes were very popular and the group decided to try to put together a conference.
“We started thinking, if we can get this many people to come to Louisville, Kentucky for this one short class, I wonder if we can put on a conference,” Crenshaw said.
He says the first step was contacting friends in the security industry.
“Dave Kennedy, luckily, knows a lot of people in the security industry, and was able to pull in some favors and get some big names like Kevin Mitnick, HD Moore, and Paul Asadoorian to show up,” he said.
The conference features a four track structure, with hour-long presentations on various aspects of the security industry running concurrently. A broad range of topics include penetration testing, social engineering, and current trends in computer law.
Louisville’s LVL1 will provide a hardware hacking village where novice participants can get hands on experience with soldering kit projects. Other attractions include a wireless village, hacker movie marathon, lockpick village, and a game of capture the flag that will run throughout the weekend of the conference.
Tickets are currently sold out, though there are rumors on Twitter that 70 more tickets will be released on Friday. The conference will be held downtown at the Hyatt Regency Hotel September 27th – 30th. More information is available at www.derbycon.com.