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What do bandwidth, beer and bratwurst have to do with each other?  Well... it is true that many Internet networking challenges have been worked out over beers between network operators, but in this case the link between the terms came in a tweet from Dyn promoting their TechToberFest event happening this Thursday, October 1, 2015, at their headquarters in Manchester, NH. 

I'll be there for what looks like an excellent event focused on security, Internet performance and other Internet infrastructure concerns.  My particular role will be as a panelist in the 3:00-4:00 pm US EDT panel on "Chinese Hack, Sony Breach, Man in the Middle Attacks, how does that happen?"

The panel will include:

  • Michael Farrell, Cybersecurity Editor, Christian Science Monitor (Moderator)
  • Kathleen Moriarty, IETF Security Area Director & Global Lead Security Architect, EMC
  • Professor Sean Smith, Research Director of Dartmouth College's Institute for Security, Technology, and Society
  • Ben April, Director of Engineering, Farsight Security, Inc.
  • Dan York, Organizer, Internet Society's DNSSEC Coordination Project

We've talked as a panel in a conference call and are looking forward to making it as engaging as we can.  No slides... just an open discussion about the major security trends and issues we see. You can expect I'll probably work DNSSEC somewhere into the discussion - and I'll no doubt mention "Collaborative Security". ;-) I expect we'll also talk about encryption, TLS, DDoS attacks... maybe some routing security. (Hmmm... will you hear me mention MANRS?) We'll also be looking for questions from the audience.  We'll see if we can get some good discussions going...  the reality is that we only have an hour!

Beyond that, I'm personally intrigued by the morning panel with David Benson of Akamai and Doug Madory of Dyn talking about the latest Internet trends they are seeing from the research they are doing.  Andrew Sullivan's talk on network neutrality is a topic of interest... as is cloud security... and I'll be intrigued to hear what Steve Case is up to these days.  It's a great list of speakers!

A LIVE VIDEO STREAM will be available if you can't make it in person: http://hub.dyn.com/h/i/144117157-techtoberfest-livestream

I am told all the sessions will be recorded for later viewing.  You an also follow along on Twitter (and presumably other social networks) using the hashtags #TechToberFest and #DynTTF.

Of course, attending remotely means you won't get to experience the beer and bratwurst, which I understand will actually appear at the very end!

If you are going to be at the event in Manchester, please do say hello.  If you can't get there I do hope you get a chance to join in remotely.

P.S. As a bonus, I'll finally get to meet Kyle York from Dyn who I've met through social media a few years back... but who is no relation to me (that we know of, at least).

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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