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Security Events in the UK??

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dalepearson

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Post Wed Jun 18, 2008 5:08 pm

Security Events in the UK??

Don, apologies if this is in the wrong place, please feel free to move.

Guys,

there are lots of events in Europe and in the US, like ChicagoCon, BlackHat, ShmooCon, and more.

However due to work commitments, and financial constraints it might not always be practical or possible to attend such events.

So do any of you guys know of any decent UK based Security Events? Of course there is the yearly InfoSec, but in my opinion this has diminished in quality lately, and its basicly just a big sellers market.

I am looking for events to gain more knowledge, meet like minded people and network.

Thanks again in advance guys.
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Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:50 am

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Dale,

I'm stuck in the same situation, there doesn't seem to be much going on in the UK.

As you mentioned InfoSec it's not an event I've been to so couldn't comment on it's quality.

Eusec West is usually hosted in the UK, from reading archived news sites 2006 was Edinburgh; 2008 was London but I only found out about the event the day it started so missed it. I'm going to keep an eye out for the next ones.

I've been to several decent security related events with the BCS (Newcastle Branch). In particular I witnessed a brilliant demonstration of the capabilities of EnCase and forensics in general. If you're not a member I'd suggest taking a look at your local branches.

Speaking to other people from EH-Net in the UK, security conferences are usually poorly publicised and in several cases invitation only. Hopefully the situation will improve as the industry matures.
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Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:36 am

Re: Security Events in the UK??

Thanks for the heads up on the EuSec, I will look into this for next year.
As for the BCS events, I used to be a member about 5 years ago, but never renewed as I really didnt get much benefit, perhaps now is a time to reconsider?
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Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:08 pm

Re: Security Events in the UK??

Hi Guys
I have been toiling over the decision to pursue ceh etc and have finally taken the plunge, on the course next week.  I feel the smae as both of yu that soemting more should beavailable in the uk for like minded people to get together at whatever level in their careers.  I will certainly check out the BCS, Im in south west scotland.  Perhaps in the long term people should get together and organise stuff themselves .....big C on the commitment front tho'
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Re: Security Events in the UK??

dalepearson wrote:Thanks for the heads up on the EuSec, I will look into this for next year.
As for the BCS events, I used to be a member about 5 years ago, but never renewed as I really didnt get much benefit, perhaps now is a time to reconsider?


Depends on your local branch I'd guess. I've been a member for around 4 years and have been to around a dozen events. Just depends on your interests and who they've got to speak. Had a really interesting debate when the head of BCS did a talk on professionalism in the industry and basically got attacked very lively debate.

From the perspective of specialist groups, for me they help me keep semi-upto date but the events are all London based (I'm definitely North of the M25 ;) ) so I don't have a great opportunity to attend so can't comment.

The forums (especially security) are, imo, fairly weak. Anything that gets discussed I've usually known about for a while and/or most comments are a re-hash of either the Daily Mail or /. But it's been a while since I've looked, they may have improved recently.

In terms of return on investment, the BCS newsletters/emails usually have a good article or two and I get a free copy of Computing every week. The discounts and special offers have never really helped me, but the new online library could be interesting as it expands.

Biggest benefit I've gained from it is the CV aspect, one more plus I've got over another applicant.

Your mileage may vary, but I'd at least suggest keeping an eye on the websites for your local branches to see if there are any interesting talks. Most are open to non-members anyway.
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Post Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:55 pm

Re: Security Events in the UK??

you have the chaos communications congress/camp over in eBrlin.  Shouldnt be too expensive for a flight.

http://www.ccc.de/
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Post Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:21 am

Re: Security Events in the UK??

Just had a look at my 2 closest BCS Location, and they both seem pretty inactive.

The search continues......
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Post Wed May 27, 2009 3:23 pm

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Hi,

Is there any  Infosec training/event happening in UK/Ireland other than SANS?

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Post Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:25 am

Re: Security Events in the UK??

Not alot going on to be honest from what I can see.

This is just my personal opinion, but I get the feeling that alot of the people in InfoSec in the UK are not as pasionate as our US friends.
When I looked into setting something up, I had some support from companies, but actually getting some comitment from alot of people was difficult.

I probably could have done a better job marketing it, but its just fitting it all in.

I do have some other ideas that I will post about in the future, at the moment its just making the time.
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:33 am

Re: Security Events in the UK??

I think there are people who are seriously interested in the UK too but maybe not as many as in the US (also consider that there live more people ;)).
I once tried to set up a security related meeting too in my country but it was more a waste of a time then anything else - unfortunately.
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:06 am

Re: Security Events in the UK??

Agreed, not much dedicated security stuff in the UK unfortunately. But it is possible to find security related content at more general events.

As a starting point you could check for a local 2600 group (http://www.2600.com/meetings/mtg.html). Keep meaning to try my local and check attendance/content but keep forgetting (Friday is bad timing, usually just want to curl up in a ball by the end of the week...)
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:50 pm

Re: Security Events in the UK??

Theres a 2600 meeting in the north east??  :o

EDIT---

Brighton: At the phone boxes by the Sealife Centre (across the road from the Palace Pier). Payphone: (01273) 606674. 7 pm
Leeds: The Grove Inn. 7 pm
London: Trocadero Shopping Center (near Piccadilly Circus), lowest level. 6:30 pm
Manchester: Bulls Head Pub on London Rd. 7:30 pm
Norwich: Borders entrance to Chapelfield Mall. 6 pm


Looks like the closest one is Leeds, too far for a non driver like me. Should look into setting up a local one if theres enough interest!
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Post Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:40 pm

Re: Security Events in the UK??

ethicalhack3r wrote:Theres a 2600 meeting in the north east??  :o

EDIT---

Brighton: At the phone boxes by the Sealife Centre (across the road from the Palace Pier). Payphone: (01273) 606674. 7 pm
Leeds: The Grove Inn. 7 pm
London: Trocadero Shopping Center (near Piccadilly Circus), lowest level. 6:30 pm
Manchester: Bulls Head Pub on London Rd. 7:30 pm
Norwich: Borders entrance to Chapelfield Mall. 6 pm


Looks like the closest one is Leeds, too far for a non driver like me. Should look into setting up a local one if theres enough interest!


Go for it, fly the InfoSec flag  :)
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Post Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:18 am

Re: Security Events in the UK??

Last I looked there was a meeting mentioned located in Newcastle train station (payphone next to Burger King). As I said I never got around to giving it a look, re-checking the list shows it's been de-listed so I'm guessing it's a defunct group. Shame....

We'll try this here then:
Anyone in Newcastle/NE area interested in informal sec (or general) related meetups? reply here, hit me up direct or let us know of an existing group we don't know about. All welcome. :D
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Post Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:25 am

Re: Security Events in the UK??

There are a few things going on in the UK, including meetings of the London OWASP group with speakers on various subjects.

http://www.owasp.org/index.php/London

As far as I know the London 2600 meets still take place, but I have not been to one in years.

If there is not one already I think we need a UK calendar of events. I don't think there is a lack of enthusiasm this side of the pond (although I've found many UK events are very dry) but we are far less good at publicity and evangelism.

1. Find events
2. Round up an EH.net posse
3. Eat pizza/drink beer

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