ok so this was my first time here. My friend called me an expo newb. But unlike him I had to pay to come so you know what, I will spend the 5-10 mins of talking to get a free t-shirt or win some cool prize.
As for the talks, well I must have chosen wrong. So far the content I have gotten at Security B-Sides has been much better than what I have seen here. It is tough to choose since there could be 15 talks per session block, plus Keynotes and 3 Peer2Peer Sessions per time block. Some of the talks could have been better, but the presenters were lacking.
I have yet to attend a party, Monday night I spent most of it being sick in my room which sucked. So I missed the pre-expo show and the welcome dinner.
Crypto Commons was a cool place. Low light, areas to get hard wired in and re-charge the batteries. It also had the Keynotes playing live. Much nicer than having to funnel in and get a bag checked. Also nice comfy seating.
The Expo was huge. So much to see but I did try to swing by the smaller booths to see what the little guys had. Swung by Bit9 and frankly that was one of the more impressive products on the floor. For those that don't know what they do, they offer an application whitelisting product. They have a number of other products, but this one seemed to be the one to stand out. It is their Global Software Registry. It contains over 5 billion records of software with their corresponding MD5 hashes. One of the toughest things to do is whitelist the software in your environment. This is mostly due to the amount of different apps in use and all the linked apps that may get called during operation. If you have ever tried to do this with your Endpoint Security suite, you know it is a royal PITA between the logging and tweaking. Anyway that one stuck out for product. There is also a Sumo Wrestler fighting a giant robot while driving race cars. Ok, not really, they are all here, but not together. That would be cool though.
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for talks, catching one with Paul Asadoorian and John Strands, their Offensive Countermeasures talk. Not sure what other talks or Peer2Peer sessions I will hit tomorrow.
With all the stuff to do here, I would certainly go again, but I would not go on my own dime again. The content value is definitely better at the smaller cons.