Tom Samstag, Principal Security Engineer based out of Security Innovation's Seattle office, will be unveiling his most recent side-project, InfoconDB.org at this year's ToorCon in San Diego.  Born out of a love for the security community and infosec conferences. InfoconDB
aims to be a resource cataloging and cross-referencing industry conferences.

 Read on to learn what infocondb.org is all about. 


I'm excited to unveil InfoconDB.org, a side-project I've been working on, at ToorCon 20 in San Diego on Sunday, September 16, 2018. 
 
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Born out of a love for the security community and infosec conferences, InfoconDB 
aims to be a resource cataloging and cross-referencing industry conferences. 
Similar to what IMDB does for TV and movies, the site will allow users to find 
information about conferences, talks, and presenters.
 
For example, you'll be able to view the details of all of the presentations from this year's 
Defcon conference. If you click on Steven Danneman's talk "Your Bank's Digital Side Door," you'll be able to see all the details of the presentation. Clicking on Steven's name, similar to IMDB, you'll get a list of all of Steven's past presentations at different conferences. 

I will unveil the website at ToorCon during my presentation on Sunday, Sept. 16.
 
At the unveiling, we'll look at what the site catalogs and look at some of the interesting discoveries of analyzing so much data. For instance, there are some extremely prolific presenters that aren't the characters you'd expect and a handful of presenters who've been at it for more than 20 years! We'll talk about what goes into trying to digitize and 
normalize data from over 30 years of cons, and how both bitrot and hackers 
don't always make that job easy. Finally, the audience can help with 
suggestions to make the site a great resource for all hacker conference fans, 
attendees, speakers, and organizers. 

The site is already indexing almost 8000 presentations and over 6000 
presenters, spanning almost 300 conferences going back all the way to 1987. 

If you're attending ToorCon, try to make it to the talk (Sunday 18:00 Track 1)! 
Find me and say hi, and bookmark InfoconDB.org and check 
out the site when it goes live! 

Tom Samstag (tecknicaltom) is a Principal Security Engineer at Security Innovation based out of Seattle, WA. Tom is a member of the Neg9 CTF team. A Perl hacker and C programmer at heart, his interests tend to gravitate towards reverse engineering, exploitation, static analysis, and other bit-fu aspects of software and security. He enjoys attending hacker conferences but has yet to figure out how to do so as a full-time job.

 

 

 

 

 



 

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