The first week of June saw Dr. Dhia Mahjoub and I (Andrew Hay) hopping on a plane at SFO and waking up in London – well, I was able to sleep, Dhia wasn’t able to. We were both in London to speak at Infosecurity Europe and at the new Infosecurity Intelligent Defence conference.
This was the first time the conference was held at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. It was a good thing the event moved from the Earls Court Exhibition Centre as I’m not sure the old venue could have held the number of vendors or attendees. It was packed.
OpenDNS had a booth on the show floor in one of the most trafficked thoroughfares in the building. Whenever we walked by the booth, it was bustling with activity. People looking for more information about our products, requesting demos, or just wanting to ask questions about specific threats and trends.
Luckily our expert booth staff were able to handle any and all questions that popped up. They were also not shy about grabbing Dhia and I as we walked by to introduce us to individuals looking to collaborate or share security information after the show.
On Tuesday, June 2nd Dhia and I both presented sessions. Dhia presented his malicious domain tracking research in a talk entitled Tracking Malware in Criminal Internet Neighbourhoods at Infosecurity Europe. The talk focused on recent and original research on tracking malware domains and infrastructures at large scale and methods to track, detect, and mitigate malware domains and IPs in order to protect one’s network and assets or those of customers.
I presented the results of our 2015 Internet of Things in the Enterprise Report in a talk entitled The Researcher’s Guide to the loT Galaxy. The talk was presented at Infosecurity Intelligent Defence, a new two-day, technical security conference, focusing on the latest research including insight into new vulnerabilities and exploits how to defend against them, and was well attended. I had numerous questions after the session and was interviewed by Infosecurity Europe immediately after (as seen below).
Though we were unable to get to BSides London, we both heard fantastic feedback from friends and colleagues who were able to get tickets. Maybe next year.
Our trip to London was great. Dhia and I were able to visit with a number of customers and prospects during our week in London to provide insight into OpenDNS’ capabilities and OpenDNS Security Labs’ current and future research projects.
Dhia also seized the opportunity to visit with our EMEA team a few more prospects in Paris and to attend in the Vatican city a conference on June 9th about “Ethics and Security in the Digital Age”, where our own Paolo Passeri also gave a talk. These meetings and conference were a great opportunity to emphasize the value of our research and innovation in OpenDNS’ product offerings. I can’t count how many times I heard “that’s amazing” or “wow” from customers and prospects. That feedback alone made the trip worth it.