Wednesday, 29 June 2016

SnoopCon 2016

I had the honour to be invited again this year by the Cyber Security Testing and Validation Team at British Telecoms (BT) in order to attend their annual internal conference, as a guest speaker. The conference is known as SnoopCon and it is BT’s Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking annual meet-up event which lasts five days.

The event is held behind closed doors, however it is customary that on the third day they invite people from the industry, recognising that their work would be an invaluable input if presented at their internal conference.

It was a great opportunity for me to catch-up with so many friends at SnoopCon. I also find out that Anoop Sethi has decided to retire after approximately 12302 days uptime (33 years) for BT. 

It is a great honour to have known Anoop, the man who fundamentally changed the way Security and Penetration Testing is viewed in BT. Given the opportunity, I would like to personally wish Anoop all the best with anything he decides to do and I would like to thank him for being such an amazing individual.

I had a fantastic day at BT and the quality of the guest talks was over the roof. I am going to outline here briefly the content of the talks in the order they were presented. 

Invitation to the largest European Cyber Security Challenge

ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) is organising the European Cyber Security Challenge 2016 - the largest European challenge for cyber security talent. The Challenge will be held in November in Dusseldorf, Germany - and the Greek National Cyber Security team will compete with other national teams in various security-related challenges, such as web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering, forensics.

The Greek team will be assembled in a qualifying round - in which we'd like to invite you to participate!

The qualifier will be held on Saturday, July 9 at the Department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus. The challenges will be similar to the ones outlined above, and the top 10 participants will comprise the Greek team that will travel to Germany. In order to be eligible, contestants need to legally reside in the country, be aged between 14-30, not have a Master's or higher degree or any professional experience in the information security sector - and of course have some InfoSec skills! Both competitions will be held in English, so contestants need to have at least basic understanding of the English language.

The Greek team is organised by TwelveSec and the Department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus, and supported by other major Greek universities and organisations, such as Security BSides Athens.

All you need to do to get the chance to compete in the qualifier is to register in the official website of the Greek team

Registrations are closing this week (Friday, July 1), so hurry up and register!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Security BSides Athens 2016

It has been a while since my last blog-post and the main reason for that, was the numerous things I had to keep track for organising:

Security BSides Athens 2016 ( 

It has been a very busy year trying to organise this Security BSides event for the first time in Athens, Greece, with plenty of “hiccups” to overcome in the meantime. 

Once we had a team of people who were equally excited and passionate about this, we started working towards the event details.  

Given the opportunity, I would like to personally thank the team once again, all the volunteers who helped out on the day, the review committee who provided constructive feedback to all submissions, the speakers who travelled from all over the world to be there and present, and last but not least, all of YOU who attended the event. 

Special thanks goes to our sponsors, who trusted us on our promise to deliver this information security community based conference. We couldn't be able to bring this event to Athens, especially for the first time if it wasn’t for them, and for that we really appreciate their contribution and support.

Of course, such an event would not be able to exist without the community support we had from fellow conferences all over Europe, the Universities that promoted the conference, the Hellenic Army General Staff, and all the people how were involved and made this event a success story. 

We had some great feedback already and we are committed to tweak things according to the recommendations and suggestions we received in order to make the event next year even better. There is always room for improvement and for more people to get involved.