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Why ZaCon ?
 people@zacon.org.za
Where this came from?
4 Conferences we spoke
     at last year..
Cool speakers,
 Great setup!
Sponsors && Vendors!
A chance for us to act
      academic..
We love ISSA..
(its good fun)
other guys.. not so much
We love Defcon
(8 years in a row)
The commute is a pain..
Blackhat USA is cool..
The commute is a pain..
   And Expensive!!
Primary Aims..

1) Local
2) Non Vendor Aligned
3) Not pure Academia
4) Not hellishly expensive
but wait.. theres more!
National Pride..
         Australia and New Zealand were as isolated
         as we were..

         They managed to produ...
Win at buzz-word bingo!
Actually.. thats back
     asswards..
“smashing the stack”

   “1997 vs 2009”
So the conundrum is..

• the    problems are getting harder..

• new entrants find it harder to cut
 their teeth..

• old  ...
but on the bright side..

         oct 98 olaf kirch null
         byte in bugtraq
this is ur vehicle.. talk about
                  whats cool for u..

                  ignore those who think its lame..
...
More Aims..
                            non pros

                            tech over process




5) For sec geeks by se...
Lastly.. (phew)
• ZaCon    #1 was the beginning..

• There   are no plans to make money of
 this..

• Use   the feedback f...
2009 Zacon  Haroon  Meer
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2009 Zacon Haroon Meer

  1. 1. Why ZaCon ? people@zacon.org.za
  2. 2. Where this came from?
  3. 3. 4 Conferences we spoke at last year..
  4. 4. Cool speakers, Great setup!
  5. 5. Sponsors && Vendors!
  6. 6. A chance for us to act academic..
  7. 7. We love ISSA.. (its good fun)
  8. 8. other guys.. not so much
  9. 9. We love Defcon (8 years in a row)
  10. 10. The commute is a pain..
  11. 11. Blackhat USA is cool..
  12. 12. The commute is a pain.. And Expensive!!
  13. 13. Primary Aims.. 1) Local 2) Non Vendor Aligned 3) Not pure Academia 4) Not hellishly expensive
  14. 14. but wait.. theres more!
  15. 15. National Pride.. Australia and New Zealand were as isolated as we were.. They managed to produce: • Brett Moore • Mark Dowd • Chris Spencer • Shaun Clowes • AndrewG • Nemo • Mercy • MettleStorm • Justine Aitel • Ben Nagy • Paul Craig • Peter Guttman • Ben Hawkes • Kuza55 • Silvio • Michael Howard • Steve Micallef • ...
  16. 16. Win at buzz-word bingo!
  17. 17. Actually.. thats back asswards..
  18. 18. “smashing the stack” “1997 vs 2009”
  19. 19. So the conundrum is.. • the problems are getting harder.. • new entrants find it harder to cut their teeth.. • old guys are.. well.. getting older.. • this is very very chicken or egg...
  20. 20. but on the bright side.. oct 98 olaf kirch null byte in bugtraq
  21. 21. this is ur vehicle.. talk about whats cool for u.. ignore those who think its lame.. and if u one of the leet guys who think that its lame.. come do better.. we just need (more) people to be un-afraid to give it a shot..
  22. 22. More Aims.. non pros tech over process 5) For sec geeks by sec geeks.. 6) Grow the Pool a) Lower barriers to entry 7) have some fun :)
  23. 23. Lastly.. (phew) • ZaCon #1 was the beginning.. • There are no plans to make money of this.. • Use the feedback forms.. • Use the feedback forms (wisely).. • Thank the speakers.. 1) Local 2) Non Vendor Aligned • Thanks for coming.. 3) Not pure Academia 4) Not hellishly expensive 5) For sec geeks by sec geeks.. 6) Grow the Pool 7) have some fun :)

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