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European DFIR Summit 2018 Review

On Monday October 1st, I attended the European edition of the SANS DFIR Summit in Prague. Normally I try to attend this in Austin, however this year I couldn't make it so attended this one later in the year instead. I took a couple days PTO just to spend some time seeing the sights and it was cool getting to take time visiting the historical sights, instead of my typical shut in routine. If you have time, I would highly recommend this and definitely book a night time river cruise. Also worth noting, the new Spiderman movie was filming last week which was kinda cool.

A few other recommendations I would make, would be to stay closer to the city center and take the subway daily. This has the added benefit of staying at a nicer, more western hotel (eg Marriott, Hilton), but also being near the old town square. I'm staying at the Angelo Hotel, but the training is actually split between two hotels and I don't get the benefit of being able to quickly jet up the elevator to my ro…

FIRST Conference 2018 - Review (Kuala Lumpur Edition)

As apart of my new job, my employer is seeking to gain FIRST membership later this year. To support that goal, I was asked to attend the 30th FIRST Conference in Kuala Lumpur. For the travel weary, this is not a trip to take lightly. For me it was 3 flights and 28 hours total of travel just to arrive. I do have to say, the conference venue, the Shangri-La hotel is absolutely fabulous. Very nice, clean, and ultra courteous staff. The swag bag I was given at registration was also very nice, including 3 shirts, challenge coin, notebook, mini first aid kit, and a pretty decent backpack. I also have to say the lunch options for the conference are vastly superior to anything I have ever experienced. SANS and Blackhat could learn a few things. For a 5 day conference, you get a much greater value here.


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OpeningThe conference was kicked off on Day 1 by Thomas Schreck (@shrekts) who gave out some interesting attendance statis…