Last year we learned about Per Thorsheim and Jeremi Gosney's Passwords conference, an annual and free conference on all things related to passwords, so I headed out to Las Vegas at the beginning of August to attend. It was such a fantastic, fun and deeply informative experience that this year we're heading back with our engineering team and are proud to announce our sponsorship of Passwords 14!
If you deal with passwords, password and security policies, hashing them, cracking them, protecting them with key-derivation, or you just want to know what makes a good password these days, this is the conference for you. Last year's single-track format never had a dull moment, with both high-level conceptual talks and in-depth demonstrations of newly-developed password hashing attacks—really some mind-blowing stuff even if you follow the topic regularly. Rare was the talk that did not involve oclHashcat at some point, and the Q&A sessions at the end of each talk were engrossing engagements. This year they'll be featuring two tracks of presentations, offensive and defensive, and I hear there's going to be a pool party! I'll let the guys give you the main pitch:
Passwords is the first and only conference of its kind, where leading researchers, password crackers, and experts in password security from around the globe gather in order to better understand the challenges surrounding digital authentication, and how to adequately address them. While large mainstream conferences tend to focus on current hot topics in the information security industry, Passwords events explore fringe conversations on everything from analysis and education to creating, securing, cracking, and exploiting authentication solutions. And unlike other events where the speaker is rushed in and out, Passwords provides an intimate environment for participants to directly engage speakers before, during, and after their presentations.
No need to register, Passwords 14 is being held at Tuscany Suites & Casino August 5-6th, so just book yourself a flight and a room.
Hope to see you there! Look for the guys wearing Zetetic shirts and say hello. Here's one of the talk from last year:blog comments powered by Disqus