Nordic Security Con 2013 - Trip Report

Nordic Security Con is the most technically focused computer security conference held in Scandinavia. Organized by our partners at Syndis, Dan Hall (CEO) and Mike Tanji (CSO) were once again proud to represent Kyrus in Iceland as Platinum sponsors of NSC 2013. Both formal (survey) and informal feedback indicate NSC was an overwhelming success, in no small part thanks to all of the world-class presenters and trainers who traveled to Iceland to provide such great content. Among those who made the trek were our own Jason Garman and Keith Jones, who delivered a very highly-rated class on computer forensics. While considered a little "American" for such an international audience, the use of actual evidence from the Casey Anthony trial was cited by students as one of the more interesting aspects of the class.

We were particularly impressed by the seriousness displayed by the Icelandic government when it came to the issue of computer security. The event was opened and keynoted by Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjansdottir, who is spearheading a new initiative in Iceland to improve computer security in government. Also presenting Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament and  an outspoken supporter of liberty and privacy online.

On Thursday Syndis - in conjunction with its partner Exodus Intelligence - announced its new offensive offering "LiveFire" which fuses Syndis's "Goal Oriented Attack" methodology with Exodus's impressive catalog of 0-day and n-day exploits to more accurately replicate both the techniques and tools used by sophisticated threat actors.

The week closed with a brief but intense hacking contest held at Reykjavik University and MC'd by Syndis Principal and HR Assistant Professor Ymir Vigfusson, whose student - completely coincidentally - happened to win. ;-)

If you've always wanted to go to Iceland but needed a work-related excuse to go, make sure you keep an eye out for new about NSC 2014.