Last night I attended the BCS ELITE annual dinner - the first for several years, but well worth the wait. It was a black tie event at the Landsdowne Club, where the food and wine was excellent, and the latter flowed in quantity (hence feeling rather fragile today). I was really pleased to find that I was sharing a table with the always entertaining Lord Renwick and his lovely Lady, as well as several other intelligent and erudite folk. What a good start to the festive season :-) This post isn't really much to do with security, but I would recommend ELITE to anyone interested in good conversation and networking with IT people.
I just spent three extremely useful and enjoyable days at the ISACAInformation Security and Risk Management conference in Amsterdam. A great selection of speakers and topics, plus terrific networking opportunities. If you are able to attend next year (in Vienna I believe) it could be a good investment. For US readers, the conference is also held Las Vegas - this year's event was just as stimulating as the European version.
My friends take great pleasure in teasing me about my role in promoting our firm through public speaking, TV and radio interviews and so on ... hence calling me 'Famous Pete Wood Security'.
I speak at international IT security conferences and specialist groups, provide commentary on security issues for television and radio, and appeared in the BBC1 documentaries " ID Fraud: They Stole My Life" and "ID Fraud: Outnumbered" with my partner Didi Barnes.
As Chief Executive Officer at First Base Technologies, I specialise in penetration testing corporate networks and performing social engineering exercises. I also chair our IT security user group at white-hats.co.uk