Be Part of the Conversation – Security BSides Scotland 2017

Be Part of the Conversation – Security BSides Scotland 2017

On Friday 7th April, the Scottish cybersecurity community descends on Edinburgh for BSides Scotland, the first event from the global security community-run franchise to come to our fair shores. Commissum are one of the principle sponsors of this inaugural community gathering and will be on the ground on the day to chat about everything cybersecurity.

Set in the opulent surroundings of Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town, the venue for this coming together of cybersecurity minds will be the Royal College of Physicians, a place which has seen more surgery than SQL injection in its 300+ year history. Nonetheless, this stunning venue still feels a fitting place for the Scottish BSides.

You can put your skills to the test to prove your mettle with our series of cryptic challenges – produced in conjunction with Edinburgh University’s SIGINT cybersecurity society and themed around Scotland’s national drink. No, not the orange one, the other national drink! Crack all the challenges and you could be in with a chance of winning the grand prize – whisky tasting for you and a friend in the form of vouchers for Whiski Rooms on the Mound.

We’ll also be participating in the security conversation, with some of our brightest talent stepping up to the lectern to deliver talks on the day. Our head of testing Boglarka Ronto will be giving her thoughts on the double trouble of 2-factor authentication, with the word on why it might not be the security saviour everyone initially thought it was. With examples based on Boglarka’s own experiences of vulnerabilities she’s discovered while working in the field, this talk sure to make you think twice when it comes to 2FA. Join Boglarka in the New Library at 14:45.

Over in the Queen Mother Conference Centre, Commissum COO and head of Consulting, Jay George, who’s been spending a lot of time lately hoarding scrap metal and shotgun cartridges while muttering under his breath about escape routes and double tapping, will be on hand to impart his talk: Everything I know About Information Security I Learned From Watching Zombie Movies. The talk starts at 16:00, and we’d suggest you get in early for this one, as there’s sure to be hordes in attendance, hungry for knowledge (read: brains).

At 11am, we’ll be showcasing the perils of using wireless peripherals in our workshop, with a demonstration of an exploit in real time on an unsuspecting marketing-type working away in a coffee shop, unbeknownst that he’s about to completely lose control… See how you can wreak havoc with this unusual way of compromising a target computer.

As well as the challenges, we’ll be at our stand in the main exhibition hall scouring the crowd for CVs from the best talent in Scottish cybersecurity. We’re building up to another year of massive growth throughout 2017 and well into 2018 and are looking to take on new graduates and CREST-certified testers to join us on the journey.

Keep an eye on our careers page for more information on what positions we’re hiring for throughout this exciting time, or better yet – come see us on the day and get a feel for what life at Commissum is like.