First Videos From 44CON 2018 Up

For a long time we used to sell access to videos on Vimeo. Recently we moved back to making videos freely available on YouTube. Due to some last minute issues with 2018 we had to do a bit more work to get the 2018 videos to a point we were happy with. However, in 2019 the wonderful Ministraitor will be supporting our videos, and we’ll be able to provide them for free from now on. The first 5 videos from 2018’s 44CON are now ready to go, so read on for the vids and our thoughts. Continue reading “First Videos From 44CON 2018 Up”

Building an AWS and Azure security training platform

This is a guest post by one of our trainers, Paul Schwarzenberger. Paul is running the fantastic Cloud Security and Devops training course this June. He also has a blog where he talks about AWS, Cloud Security and DevOps. This is part of a series on how he’s built a platform to make things easier for those attending his training. If you enjoy this, check out Parts 2, 3 and 4. Thanks, Paul!

Part 1 – Proof of Concept

The Cloud Security and DevSecOps training course I’m delivering for 44CON in June includes AWS, Azure and GitHub accounts which the students use so they don’t need to create their own.

Wouldn’t it be great if students could turn up with any laptop, or even an iPad, and do the course. And the time spent on the labs would be used to learn about cloud security and DevSecOps, not debugging software installation issues.

Continue reading “Building an AWS and Azure security training platform”

Hacking 44CON’s Pricing Model (5 Different Ways)

It seems like it was only two weeks ago when we announced the early bird tickets, but sadly all 50 have been snapped up. Still, being the great folks we are, we wanted to show you 5 different ways to hack the 44CON ticket pricing model because, well, basically we’re good guys like that. After all, we taught you how to game the 44CON CFP and that worked well. In the words of every security researcher everywhere, “What could possibly go wrong?” Continue reading “Hacking 44CON’s Pricing Model (5 Different Ways)”

44CON 2019 Early-Bird Tickets are now on sale

Our 2019 Early bird tickets are now on sale. There are 50 early bird tickets available until March 11th. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. As usual, the early-bird prices still start at £299 inc. VAT, but there are also accommodation and t-shirt options available.

We’re trialling a small selection of cheap expo tickets providing limited event access with certain groups, and there will be pre-registered free evening event tickets. Early bird tickets are the cheapest fully catered, full access tickets you can get. If you want to see the talks, you want one of these.

As well as full access to 44CON, Early bird ticket holders can also ask for an invite to our 44CONnect event in London on the 13th of March. This invite-only event will take place the day before CRESTCon, and will feature talks from some of the trainers taking part in our quarterly training programme. Please make sure you mention 44CONnect on your booking, or contact us after booking if you’d like to come.

Book your tickets in our shop. If you’d like to book in bulk or through your employer, contact us to arrange an invoice.

44CONnect – A 1-day invite-only event in March 2019

44CONnect is a 1-day invite-only event taking place on the 13th of March, somewhere in London. The purpose of the day is to bring together people doing 44CON training, so they can connect with trainers and people on different courses. It’s our way of giving people who’ve attended our courses the chance to get a taste of upcoming training, and the opportunity to get some extra credit to take back to the office.

To qualify for an invite, you need to have done one of the following:

There are 20 tickets available, so make sure you qualify!

Our trainers from the last two days of training will deliver talks, as well as some of those delivering courses later this year. All of our training course delegates are invited, for whom lunch will be included. Early bird ticket holders invited to the event will have to buy their own lunch, as we can’t book it for them in advance.

There’ll be a special round of lightning talks for training delegates to deliver a short talk about something they learned on their course. Those speaking will get a small certificate of thanks that they can take back to the office.

Drinks have been organised for the evening, but we need to be in bed early for CRESTCon the next day.

*Early-bird ticket holders will be chosen at random throughout February, although unsubstantiated rumours abound that asking for an invite on your ticket order may drastically improve your chances…

44CON Training Goes Quarterly

We’ve offered training courses around 44CON for a long time. We provide a mix of high-end focused course on everything from exploiting Windows Kernel bugs to broader, more generalist courses on web application security and security monitoring. From this year onwards, we’re expanding this to a quarterly schedule.

That’s right, you no longer have to wait a year to sit a high quality training course!

Our 12 month schedule is available here, and you can check out our first courses scheduled for the 11th and 12th of March 2019:

Mastering Container Security – Rory McCune, NCC Group
Malware Reverse Engineering – Joxean Koret

Both courses are two-days long and cost £1300 inc. VAT. When you book online remember to keep the 13th of March free for access to an exclusive, invite-only event.

If you’d like to offer a high-end course in London, get in touch.

Making Britain a Better Place For The Most Vulnerable

“You measure the degree of civilization of a society by how it treats its weakest members.”

This quote has been attributed in various forms to historical figures from Pope John Paul to Dostoevsky, Churchill and even Gandhi. It is a commonly held British value that we should treat others how we’d wish to be treated.

The UK’s food poverty crisis has been getting worse for the best part of a decade. From austerity to universal credit, by that quote above our society’s score is dropping like a stone. This year we’ve come together to support the Trussell Trust and Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank. It’s an initiative we’re calling Hacking For Foodbanks, that will continue beyond 44CON. While it’s been founded by 44CON crew, we want it to be bigger and separate to 44CON. Food poverty is a national problem and we need your help to help those that need it the most. Hacking For Foodbanks has a 4-point plan to make an impact on UK food poverty through cybersecurity and the tech industry, which you can read more about here.

Help us raise money at 44CON

We want you to bring your (working) retro, old and cool tech that you’re willing to part with as part of a bring and buy sale operated by Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank and the Trussell Trust. We’ll provide tags so you can set a suggested price for your donated goods, and people can come along to the Trussell Trust table and put in an offer. Got a reasonable-sized retro-battlestation like a Rubber keyed spectrum? Fantastic! WPA injection wifi cards and Hayes serial modems? Super! We’re ideally looking for bric a brac others would want to buy at £5-£50 in suggested value.

Anything that doesn’t get sold can be picked up by the people that dropped it off, or alternatively we’ll donate the kit to similar activities at other UK events.

We’re also offering people the opportunity to make a donation to the initiative both at the event and when they buy a ticket, or register for the free open evening.

All funds raised will be split 50/50 between Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank and the Trussell Trust, in order to support foodbank activity in Fulham and across the UK.

Get involved

We’re also looking for people to take part in our mentoring scheme, to be piloted in early 2019. In particular we want people from non-technical as well as technical fields, particularly where a university degree isn’t required. We want to raise awareness for foodbank users that there are career opportunities out there, from sales and recruiting to technical jobs. We want to bring these opportunities to interested and able foodbank users and help them when they need a hand the most. Most important of all, we want to eliminate UK food poverty, one family at a time. If you’d like to help, wherever you are just drop us an email.