The Challenge: Shaping a Revolution in Security Affairs.
The complexity of today's computing environment has surpassed anything that the world has seen before. The amount of data generated globally is 72 Gigabytes per person on earth according to a 2011 EMC report. Past models for securing that data have had marginal to zero effectiveness. The U.S. government has produced multiple cybersecurity initiatives over the years which lay out many hard challenges along with recommendations for R&D. Suits and Spooks II will explore new thinking on how to re-shape an information security framework based upon the revolutionary work of individuals across a wide swath of disciplines including medicine, finance, entertainment, and technology. This transdisiplinary approach will include a visual scribe and real-time link analysis projected onto a split-screen behind the speakers. At the end of the day, we'll produce a report on our findings and distribute to the relevant agencies.
This second event is going to be different from our first Suits and Spooks conference in two very important way:
- Open Admission. The first event was by invitation only because we were creating offensive and defensive strategies using social media as an attack platform. For obvious reasons, we felt it necessary to control admission. This event is focused on problem-solving using a multi-disciplinary approach (also known as Transdisplinarity) hence an invitation-only event would be too limiting. If you have an idea about how to build a better security framework, we want you to attend however we can only accomodate 100 of you.
- Audience Participation. We call these events an anti-conference because we aren't interested in packing seats to listen to lectures, nor are we interested in introducing customers to vendors. We involve the attendees directly in accomplishing the objective of the event. In this case, we'll be performing live link analysis using a mind-mapping application (we haven't selected one yet) on a screen behind the speakers. This will be done simultaneously with the speaker's presentations. Attendees will be able to send SMS messages or use a white board to communicate their insights into how any given speaker's presentation may connect to another speaker's presentation on a different topic or to the challenge that we're addressing. An operator will transfer those insights and connections to the application and build linking diagrams in real time.
Janina is an actress (HBO's True Blood) and a social media developer. I invited her to speak at Suits and Spooks after reading this Forbes article about how she found an innovative way to solve a problem that she and many of her fellow actors struggled with and that existing platforms like IMDB didn't solve. She kindly agreed to take time out of her HBO shooting schedule to make the trip to DC and share details about the problem set and her innovative approach to solving it. Understanding how individuals are tackling and solving hard problems outside of the information security industry and whether we can gain insights from that to apply to InfoSec will be a key component of our February event.
More speakers will be announced this week. I can promise you that Suits and Spooks 2 will be unlike any conference that you've ever attended. We anticipate a lot of interest in attending this event so I recommend that you take advantage of the early bird discount and register today. A free signed copy of the second edition of my book (due out in January 2012) will be included for all attendees.