By Bill Brenner
February 07, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Many CSOs view ShmooCon as an event of small
importance. You don't see the suits and ties that are on display at RSA.
In fact, to those who haven't attended, this conference is just a place
where twenty-something hackers come to get drunk and throw TVs out hotel
windows. Another crazy Black Hat/Defcon-caliber conference, more than
one high-level security exec has told me in the past.
As with any security event, things can get rough around the edges. The
security podcasters' meet-up on Saturday night was more like a Motley
Crue concert than anything else. The podcasters on stage resembled the
head table at a Klingon wedding. But drunken antics conference-wide were
minimal, and some decent food for thought came out of the podcasting
event despite the rowdiness.
The larger reality is that a lot of important talks happen here that
have implications up and down the IT security food chain. It's also
important to note that a lot of the young ruffians who come here are the
very people who find the security holes so they can be fixed. They also
build a lot of the technology CSOs lobby their upper management to
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