Security for you, but organized.

Enjoying time with like minded folks, majority of which deal with Security related issues daily was how I spent a week in June, 2019. Security Field Day 2 was that week of learning. We saw many products, and one of which truly caught my interest was Demisto.

Let me explain, have you ever needed to track down a security issue? You probably started off with a sticky note, wrote some ports and IPs down, then later that became an email. Then, that email became a reply, 10-20 emails later you have this mess of information. Maybe you have an outline of shared docs in G Suite or Office 365. This mess of shared information maybe started on Monday and now it is Friday. You see where I’m going with this time-bomb of information being collected. Lets say a few days or weeks pass, how the heck would you come back and try to figure out what started this mess?

…..in walks Demisto.

I could write a few more paragraphs of how Demisto helps with Incident Management and Response, but this video is way cooler, so watch this short video:

 

Now for all the disclaimer info: My travel, hotel, food(tacos on Friday), drinks, social activities were all paid for by Gestalt IT(Tech Field Day). Was I asked to wear pants instead of shorts, yes–which was the only thing asked from me. Other than, be awake and dressed by 6AM some mornings. And, for those that know me, I have not worn pants in almost a decade. Tom told me I had to wear pants.

Cisco Live 2019 – back in San Diego

Hey folks, Cisco Live 2019 is a few days away and back in San Diego, California. Time to enjoy the wonderful weather and good times all around. Other than walking 10+ miles a day, I’m really interesting in hearing more about OpenRoaming and the 9800 Catalyst Wireless products. More information about “what is OpenRoaming” can be found here. I have a theory that with OpenRoaming and Apple’s new sign-on method, which seems to live at “appleid.com”. Things could be interesting, now this is just a theory, but it would be super cool if Apple made a better sign-on process for public wireless. You know, sorta like HotSpot 2.0 but without the Cell Carriers. Anyways, that’s just me dreaming and hoping to see something come out of it. Anyways, If you have never been to Cisco Live and this might be your first time, wear good walking shoes and drink lots of water. Have Fun.

Some time spent in Vegas with AWS

Another year and another AWS re:Invent conference. This time with more people and longer lines. The down side, the re:Play after party was insane. A good time, however this year had multiple issues with long 15-20 minutes of waiting, only to find out “we’re out of food”. Wow. Not just one area, but multiple areas out of food. I think a serious logistic issue occurred. The past years I never experienced any issue with waiting longer than a couple minutes for drinks or even hardly waiting for food. I’ll say it was a communication issue this time, hopefully next year(2019) will be a smoother process to get food out quickly.

On the plus side, I did have access to the Certification Lounge. That made getting drinks, snacks and coffee a very quick experience. However, most of the time, all the nice seating was occupied. I think they had roughly 50 nice seats and a few small benches. Needs to be a bigger area for sure!

For the most part, overall was a very good conference, I heard around 55K+ people attended. Of course the lines for sessions are always packed, a good thing they’re recorded. This year they added little pins to track down either by word-of-mouth or doing certain sessions/activities and you’re awarded one of 60 pins. Lots of vendors did the same thing, lots of pins to collect, even doing different pins for different days.

A nice AWS swag item they added was a little water bottle, similar to what the Salesforce conference was doing. This made dealing with the Las Vegas heat nicer! Other than walking 10+ miles daily, the conference is awesome! Hope to see everyone again next year.

A Steamy Cisco Live….and fun

Cisco Live 2018 in Orlando, Florida just finished up …. and once again .. I went to one session. HA. This time was my fourth year, which allowed me to become a NetVet, aka the Red Lanyard. Being a NetVet allows you access to a lounge area with drinks, snacks and quick access to lunch. This lounge area also has a good amount of chairs and tables to relax at. Also, they had some retro arcade games setup to fool around with. Good times.

So why only one session? I typically schedule a few sessions, mostly on Wireless topics. Sometimes I manage to join in, sometimes I do not. Let me explain why.

I find the “networking” aspect of Cisco Live more fun than anything. Just the random encounters and walking up to people that I know or recognize, or sometimes don’t even know at all, and just saying “Hi”, is the best part. The little stories you hear and people talking about what they do and why they do it. That’s the best part.

I find the randomness of chatting with people more of a value than sitting in a session(plus most of the sessions are recorded anyways). Now, sometimes sitting for an hour long sessions is great, because, Cisco Live is huge, the first day alone you will walk at least 10 or more miles.

Another part of the community I find fun is the Cisco Champion group. Being part of this group allows access to some private activities and sessions. This is a yearly “application” that you do and if you’re in, it truly is worth it.

Also, last but not least is Cisco DevNet/Create. The DevNet group of people are truly a fun time to hang around with. They have little sessions, usually around 10-20 people on different topics, from IoT automation, to face tracking with cameras. Lots of cool stuff going on there.

If you are new to Cisco Live, I will leave you with these important rules: wear good walking shoes and drink lots of water.

See you again next year!

Good weather and some DevNetCreate

The 2nd Cisco DevNetCreate conference was recently held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.  Pretty cool place to see the history of technology we use on a daily basis.

This picture reminded me of a scene from the movie Sneakers.

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Lots of sessions and really good food. They brought in local food trucks so we had a good variety of choices over the two day conference. The only down side, lots of really good sessions but not enough time(i.e. some ran at the same time as others).  Maybe somehow they could be recorded?? Overall, I would give this conference a 95%, hmmm, why not 100? Well, that reason is, just not enough time to see everything.  Not sure if adding another day would make this better.  I think the two days are perfect, however the recording of sessions would add that little 5% for sure.

Normally, I don’t stick around for keynotes at ANY conference. Usually I get distracted and wonder off.  BUT, this time I tried it out.  Being part of the Cisco Champions group added some fun to it, front row, center seating.

This one was pretty cool, Guy Kawasaki was invited to talk. He tells a great story! If you get a chance to see him at a conference, do not pass it up.

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As for sessions, Cisco Meraki had several workshops/sessions talking about their API.  Lots of focus on Node-RED and how to make that “magic” of programming an easier process.

Michael Chenetz did a great job of doing an intro to using Node-RED and showing how things can connect with ease using the Meraki API.

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Now, the next one is a bummer, it was about designing your own PCB along with using Upverter and Hackster.io.  I was actually really excited for this one. BUT, I quickly realized I don’t have the patience for it. The little circuits and what-not, nah, that’s not for me. Which was a good experience that I was able to see what someone had created and quickly found out I would really not like to do it. So in the end it worked out well, PCB design is not for me.

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Now comes the very fun “Create” part of the conference, it was a bonfire and create your own S’mores. If you don’t know what a S’more is, well, you’re missing out … stop reading right now and make some, they go great with some beer(or wine).

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Thanks to the entire DevNetCreate Team for once again, having a great conference and fun time! I hope to see you all again next year!

As you wish, Captain. This way.

Hey, I’m still around. So here’s a little update for 2018. More conferences! Yeah!!!

First on the list is DevFestKC, it’s local so easy to hit.

Then right off to the awesome WLPC, if you do anything with wi-fi, you have to go!

Also, thinking about hitting up HPE Aruba Atmopshere, always a good one, just might not have time–we’ll see.

Then Cisco DevNetCreate — If you love APIs, IoT and Developer stuff, it’s a great time!

Hoping to visit InteropITX again, loved it last year. A diverse group, awesome to see and learn new things

and.. then RSA Conference in SFO.

Many more on the list… but we’ll leave that for another blog post later on.

…seven bells and all is well

In the last 90 days, the conference trips have been going. It started off with Interop ITX, Cisco DevNetCreate, Purestorage Pure//Accelerate, Kansas City VMUG Regional Conference, and lastly Cisco Live in Vegas.

Lots of travel and long nights.  I’ll be posting a little more details of each conference in the next few days. Just wanted to drop a little note as to why this blog seems a little lacking the past few weeks. Stay tuned!!!