Well it’s been a bit since I returned from Europe but I had a great time. Kai Roer set me up with a speaking engagement at the Cloud Security Alliance Norway chapter in Oslo. The topic was Vulnerability Management in the cloud. They were engaging and asked really great questions. We were able to stream it online so my team members who couldn’t make the trip could see it as well. The talk covered the decisions that need to be made about if scanning needs to take place, how often, what are the costs, and who’s responsible for resolving the vulnerabilities. The other reason for venturing to Norway was to meet Kai and see some of Norway. He was a gracious host and the country is beautiful. I need to put that on my list of places to go back to in the future for a longer trip!
BruCON was next on the itinerary and Ghent was beautiful. The conference was held at Ghent University and they had a great lineup of speakers like Jennifer Minella, Jim Fear, and Adam Schoeman giving talks on multiple technical levels. I was finally able to meet Jacob Kuehndorf when I roomed with him in Ghent. He’s a really great guy and was really helpful as I battled a head cold during my trip. I also was finally able to say hi to Marisa Fagan who also made the trip to Belgium all the way from San Fran. I caught up with a few people I know on that side of the pond like Trey Darley, Wim Remes, and Xavier Mertins and some from my side like Chris & Leigh Lytle, and Katie Moussouris. I do have to admit that Wim Remes was right though. He did find a Belgian beer that I liked when I got over there (even if it was through the proxy of Chris Lytle) so kudos to him on that one!
After BruCON was over, I headed to Dublin for a couple days to see what other gems I could find in my favorite country. Still battling the head cold I didn’t think that the “peat fire” in one tourist spot was a good idea though so I got my new tattoo & tried to meet up for a pint with a few friends. I wasn’t able to catch anyone near Dublin at the time but I reconnected with a couple people I knew at the hotel I stay at so it was still a good time. After that it was time to head back to Detroit and to the real world.
I attached a photo of the new tattoo below. Rachael is a great artist and I’ll be back there in May for Source Conference Dublin to get some script work done around it.