I landed in SF Last night a little later than expected, but aside from some weather delays between Kansas City and Chicago, all went pretty well. Google Maps' newish Transit functionality got me from SFO to my hotel quickly via BART (Note the map on my laptop). I set up mobile HQ in the room as shown below.
I also inadvertently pulled the cover off of my 10dBi wireless antenna. I always wondered what was inside. I figured I would share. It's basically just a run-of-the-mill omnidirectional antenna with a plastic sheath around it. Go figure.
Today, I went to four different tracks. First up was Window Snyder's keynote. Window is the Chief Security Something-Or-Other at Mozilla. On top of being personable, humorous and very intelligent, she is extremely energetic and effectively conveys a lot of information very quickly. Trying to type notes, I could barely keep up with her, and had to revert to typewritten short-hand. This is a first for me. Window's talk was titled "Building multi-layer defenses to mitigate threats attackers haven't thought of yet" and fundamentally, it focused on developing high-performance security teams, design patterns and product security life-cycles.
Joe's talk was about hardware hacking as it pertains to electronics that are responsible for information security. While the talk was geared towards people who are even less electronically-inclined than I am (which is saying something, I'm not that talented), I still picked up some neat tricks and learned about some tools and methods that I hadn't thought of before as they pertain to circuit analysis and hardware hacking.