Category Archives: Security B-Sides Las Vegas 2012

Security B-Sides Las Vegas 2012 – Big Data’s 4th V (or why we’ll never find the Loch Ness Monster)

What is big data?

There are multiple definitions of big data other than just a buzz word. For the purposes of this talk it is large data sets. More sources are creating more output, phones, smartphones, web, SMS, etc…. For example real people can be identified based on online movie reviews which can be easily traced back due to statistical infrequency based on reviews of more obscure movie titles or items.


What is vulnerable?

Data harvesting tools, overload of data or sharing of too much private data without giving more private summaries or ranges so identification is not so easy.

Mr. Ottenheimer’s example, a request for information of 13 year olds which drink Pepsi. What data would you give to marketing if you wanted to retain privacy?


What now?

Protection of confidentiality, integrity of the data and availability.


The discussion was built on hard learned experiences dealing with large data sets. Mr. Ottenheimer is the author of two books, one of which is Securing the Virtual Environment. How to defend the enterprise from attack” and previously presented at B-Sides with A Cloud Odyssey and Dr. Stuxlove.

If you’d like to see more please watch the entire video or check out his blog.

Presentation Video

Davi Ottenheimer’s blog

Security B-Sides Las Vegas 2012 – Keynote: The State of Security B-Sides

Security B-Sides is a community driven effort a little over 3 years old. In that time it has grown to 5 continents, 9 countries and 34 events. Jack Daniel introduced a brief overview of the history, past and present challenges in an extremely transparent manner. The organizers of Security B-Sides around the world are passionate about growing participation in the security community and deeper engagement in lacking areas in places like Latin America, India, the mid-west and south of the USA. So ardent are the organizers that in many cases they have devoted their own funds in addition to a significant amount of time. This has resulted in a stunningly successful program.

My personal involvement has been a brief encounter with Security B-Sides Berlin in December 2011 and volunteering for the Security B-Sides this year in Las Vegas. The conferences host presentations, workshops, discussions and allow open engagement with others in the community at no cost. Let me repeat that, no cost. The only catch is space is limited due so you must check the wikis and reserve a spot to attend. If you are unable to get a ticket I highly recommend volunteering to assist in this effort as I have this week and plan to for future events. Additionally, if you wish to be a speaker and are new to presenting many of the events have a mentor program to help you get started in sharing.

Line up for Security B-Sides Las Vegas 2012

Security B-Sides Wiki