I had a couple of pints with my good buddy Bruce Cowper at the beginning of the week at one of my favorite Ottawa pubs D'arcy McGee's... He's moved on from the team into a new role last summer as a Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Canada's Security Initiative.

We were talking about all sorts of things but he told me about something that caught my ear - a "black hat" Security conference in Toronto next fall called SecTor. It's a grass-roots security event created by the security community with the idea of becoming the "blackhat of the North". It sounded cool enough - I always wanted to go to the conference in Las Vegas, but could never get the backing of my management or my wife (honestly honey - I'll be WORKING down in Las Vegas at blackhat). It seemed a long way off - next November (20th and 21st) but I filed it away in my sieve of a brain and made a note to check out more details when they were available.

I get an email late this afternoon - the website is up. www.sector.ca is now live with a LIMITED registration capacity of 500 individuals. The event is designed to provide education about real world threats AND defenses by some of the "big names" in the security world - Mark Fabro, Johnny Long, Dan Kaminsky, Mark Russinovich, Ira Winkler, Joanna Rutkowska...

I love their descriptive first paragaph:

Illuminating the Black Art of Security. SecTor brings the world's brightest (and darkest) minds together to identify, discuss, dissect and debate the latest digital threats facing corporations today. Unique to central Canada, SecTor provides an unmatched opportunity for IT Professionals to collaborate with their peers and learn from their mentors. Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, SecTor runs two full days, November 20th and 21st. The event features Keynotes from North America's most respected and trusted experts. Speakers are true security professionals with depth of understanding on topics that matter. SecTor is a must attend event for every IT Professional.

I'm marking my calendar. I hope I can swing a comp. ticket from Bruce - maybe a couple of more pints might help. ;-)

Rick Claus
IT Pro Advisor