I grew up in the 70′s and 80′s and I have to tell ya, I am seeing the cyclical nature of history today in the security conferences we have in the business. What was once a group of dirty dirty free love patchouli smelling hippies, has turned into.. Well, just smelly infosec geeks going from con to con and creating even more con’s in every city conceivable to have more con’s to go to and party.
Is this just me seeing this? Did I do the brown acid?
To what end are these cons? Is it all about sharing information on hacks and tech? Is it all about partying and being wild? Is it some sense of counter culture that the community has latched on to in order to be “different” ? Cuz I have news for you all.. You are now becoming one of two things;
1) The guy going on the boondoggle
2) The “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” generation V2.0
Think about it… You are the next hippies with cool toys man.
Really, just how much are we all learning from these conferences? How much networking is going on from the business perspective? After all, I keep hearing many who say the con’s are starting to turn into IT Security sales events akin to RSA. So what’s the deal? Do we really need that many con’s? It seems every week I hear people complaining that they can’t attend this or that con *boo hoo* or state that they are going to X, X, and X con just like I used to hear out of my peers heading out onto the road Deadheading.
What have we become?
Eh, for me I do enjoy Defcon once a year, but I guess I am just too old and crotchety to be running about to all of these con’s. Maybe it’s because I have a full time job and other obligations that I can’t just take off for every con. Mostly though, I wouldn’t want to. I am happy to read up on the internet about new exploits and blog, I don’t need to drink heavily and run around any more at 44…
Meanwhile, I have to wonder at the fate of those who are dead-con-ing so to speak. After all, look at all those hippies that followed the dead today… They are all pretty much old, no longer smell of patchouli, and have real lives.
You could be next.