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By Henry Dalziel
Information Security Blogger
Located in North Alabama in the heart of the Tennessee Valley, Huntsville is a thriving community with roots dating back to the old cotton row days. From 11th – 16th July, the fine folks of Huntsville will be playing host to TakeDownCon: a hacking and offensive cyber security conference, organized by EC-Council.
EC-Council, the guys behind around a dozen Information Security certifications, notably the Certified Ethical Hacker, are a smart bunch. Typically security conferences have always revolved around the large cities of North America and sponsors, speakers and organizers have neglected the second and third tier cities. Enter TakeDownCon: a genius idea and we love it.
TakeDownCon is an extension, or rather, a subsidiary of the Hacker Halted Conference (which is a larger InfoSec conference also managed by EC-Council) but this has a slightly more ‘networking’ feel to it; and that must be congratulated. It almost feels like EC-Council are ‘bringing it back to basics.’ Like any good restaurant, hotel, rock band, cool bar, cool vacation resort, every dog has its’ day. The original Woodstock in 1969 was unique and to replicate that was a difficult task; and often the security conferences suffer from that same fate, i.e. they become ‘mainstream’ and/ or worse still, commercialized.
The concept of bringing the hacking and security community together in second and third tier cities is excellent because it brings the industry to new populations of equally talented and laborious security professionals that might not always get the time off from work to attend conferences.
As you would expect with EC-Council organizing the event, the initial two days of the conference are devoted to training. The security certs on offer are: CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker v8), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Advanced Penetration Testing (CAST 611), Advanced Mobile Hacking & Forensics (CAST 612), Hacking Secure Encryption and Countermeasures (CAST 615), Securing Windows Infrastructure (CAST 616) and we also believe that there is a CISSP track as well.
The Speakers and InfoSec Conference Subjects
TakeDownCon promises to be a highly technical forum that will focus on the latest security vulnerabilities, exploits, and the current security cyber threats.
Day 1 of the conference (Monday July 15th) will be dedicated to “The Attack” and the talks will lean towards learning how even the most protected computer systems and networks can be hacked.
Day 2 (Tuesday July 16th) is the opposite: “Defense” and you’ll learn all about defense strategies, methodologies and techniques from some of the brightest and smartest security minds on the planet. Learning how to defend against the latest Advanced Persistent Threats is clearly vital for an InfoSec pro.
Here are a list of the speakers:
Owner, Operator, Presenter, irongeek.com
Speaker, Trainer, Inventor
Founder and Managing Technology Partner, Parameter Security
Security Trainer and Consultant, Founder and CEO, Strategic Security, LLC
Internetwork Consulting Solutions Architect, Dynetics
Founder, Strategic Cyber LLC
Chief Researcher Counter-Exploitation Intelligence, CounterTack, Inc
Chief Security Officer, Sequrit CSI
Professional Hacker, Speaker, Author, Bulb Security LLC
Vice President, Security Solutions, Radware
Threat Analyst, Solutionary Security Engineering Research Team
Dr. Richard Raines
Cyber Portfolio Manager, Global Security Directorate
Lieutenant General Ronald L. Burgess, Jr.
Senior Counsel for National Security Programs
Sr. Director, Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments
We’d love to hear from you if you were there! How was it?