Getting Ready For Vegas and Austin, Texas

Well folks, Hacker summer camp is right around the corner. While I won’t be able to be there for all of it, I will be there for a couple of days at Black Hat. I’m returning this year once again as a booth babe in the KnowBe4 booth. Unfortunately before Defcon starts, I have to be in Austin to wrap up the 12 days of Sysmas which is being put on by Spiceworks in honor of SysAdmin Day in the 28th. It’s going to be a ton of fun, but it’s also going to be a very long week.

So the deal is, I’ll be there Wednesday and Thursday in the booth doing demos and stuff like that. we have Kevin Mitnick signing books on Wednesday evening, and we’re handing out these truly epic KnowBe4 axes. We have an axe to grind with ransomware. Kind of catchy huh? I’m going to have a bunch of goofy puns for that. Maybe I’ll even axe you a question about it. 

I can’t wait for this fun!

I’m going to warn everyone right now, this next week is going to take an awful lot of energy drinks to survive. For the record, the white Monster energy drinks or the white Rockstar energy drinks are my favorites. Just saying, you show up to our booth with one of those for me, and I’m going to take care of you as best I can. If I’m in a really good mood, I might even sign your forehead with a sharpie. Hey, I’m just cool like that.

Since I arrive Tuesday at about midnight, I’m not going to be doing much then. I might be up for something Wednesday night, but it’s going to depend on how the day goes. Apparently I’m expected to work at this thing. Thursday, I have to leave straight from Black Hat and head to Austin, Texas for the “SysAdmin Day edition of On the Air” on Friday morning. that’s going to be a ton of fun, especially since I’ll probably be giddy and such from a lack of sleep. Tune in if you’re feeling it. I love the Spiceworks group as they tend to live life to its fullest. It’s going to be at 10 a.m. Central, so 9 a.m. Vegas time. That means flip open your laptop and watch it while you nurse your hangover. Hey, we’re giving away a Nintendo switch, so you might even get lucky there.

On a serious note, if you want to talk shop and ransomware or social engineering, come hit me up in the booth. I would love to have discussions about it. likewise if you were looking for anyone to interview during the show, I’m happy to offer my expertise. it’s not every day you get a security guy that’s this charming, good-looking, and humble all in one package. 🙂



Erich Kron is the Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, and has over 20 years’ experience in the medical, aerospace manufacturing and defense fields. He is the former security manager for the US Army 2nd Regional Cyber Center-Western Hemisphere.

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