Blogging from CEC: Day 1

Today is the start of Sun's Customer Engineering Conference (CEC). It is a huge geekfest with thousands of technies descending upon the Moscone Center in San Francisco for several days of executive briefings, technical training and discussions, community building, and of course a lot of fun too. I am currently sitting during our morning keynote where Jim Baty and Dan Berg kicked off the event and Don Grantham is ralling the team discussing recent successes and outlining the opportunities that lay before us. Honestly, for a sales guy - he is doing pretty well in front of this highly technical and often cynical audience.

This year, I will be giving two talks (each given at two times). First, I will be joining Jon Haslam to talk about how DTrace can be used for security monitoring, forensics and (in some limited cases) control. This was a very fun talk to work on and I am very much looking forward to giving it tomorrow. DTrace is such a cool technology and I think we are only at the tip of the iceberg in uncovering ways to use it. This session will include a bunch of practical demonstrations based on both newly developed and freely available code. It is my goal to post the presentations and code snippets once the conference is over.

My second talk is focused squarely on architectural patterns for security. This talk will leverage the Sun Systemic Security work already published as its foundaiton, but it will go deeper into how some of the architectural patterns can be instantiated and realized using Sun and partner products. Again, I think that this should be a lot of fun showing how the higher level abstract components can be made real to solve actual problems facing our customers today.

In addition to my sessions, there will be quite a few security talks happening on each day of the conference on topics ranging from Solaris, Trusted Extensions, Secure SOA, Privacy and Compliance, and even Kernel Forensics. Lots of great speakers and sessions so be sure to stop by and hassle them. \*grin\*

Now, like all speakers, I hope that people will enjoy my sessions and will leave with new ideas, information and a better understanding of the topics being covered. Certainly, the sessions at CEC offer people great opportunities to learn new topics or gain a deeper appreciation for ones they already know. That said, I honestly believe that most people, myself included, get even more out of the community interaction happening before, during and after the conference - the hallway discussions, the brainstorming over breakfast, the deep dives over drinks, etc.

So, if you would like to chat with me about anything - career paths at sun, technical leadership and development, information security, or any other topic - please feel free to stop me in the hall, call my on my cell, message me on SMS or AIM. Gotta love a conference where we are encouraged to remain fully connected! If you do not know my contact information - check it out in CEpedia.

Take care,

Glenn

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