Sunday, May 20, 2007

Off to Interop in Las Vegas!

I'll be hopping on a plane with Sarah destined to Las Vegas in about 6 hours. CMP is sending me out there as a judge for the Best of Interop security category. It should be a fun and exciting experience to finally meet face-to-face with many of the vendors I've only spoken with via e-mail or on the phone. Also, Sarah and I will get to take in the many sights of Vegas and see at least one show while we are there. Of course, I do have to thank Jordan for having a baby so I could take is place on the trip!

During the day and most of the evenings, my schedule is fully booked between judges meetings, a VIP reception and wine tasting, vendor meetings, walking the expo floor, checking out the Interop labs and a poker tournament. One of the highlights is getting to meet with Kevin Mandia from Mandiant. He co-authored the first book I ever read on incident response and has assembled an excellent team at Mandiant that includes Jamie Butler and Kris Kendall. It should be interesting. I plan on getting more info on their upcoming tool called Caprica Six (any BSG fans reading this? ;-).