Contributed by grey on from the Wanna get schooled? dept.
However, due to one of the training sessions receiving low registration numbers putting it in jeopardy I want to put the spotlight on one of the intensive courses in particular: Packet Mastering the Monkey Way taught by Marius Eriksen (marius@) & Jose Nazario (deadly.org & Secure Architectures with OpenBSD). Currently only three people are enrolled for this training session, and if there aren't 10 registered attendees within a week, the session will be cancelled in order to give fair warning & refunds to those who have already made a commitment for this class.
This is the first time this two day intensive will be taught in North America (last year Jose presented an extremely condensed hour overview at both REcon and previously HitB Malaysia while Marius & Jose did a two day hands on intensive for the first time at HitB Malaysia with a small class). This is a rare chance to learn the network tool development techniques employed by the likes of other monkeys (and OpenBSD contributors ;) such as Dug Song & Niels Provos. The class itself will have a box running OpenBSD with all the needed tools set up, so our readers should be familiar with the environment - just bring yourself and a laptop with an ssh client and by the end of two days you should have written everything from your own network scanners, to password sniffers.
Anyway, I hope it doesn't sell like I'm trying to sell this too hard. Due to unfortunate circumstances, last year's talk from Ryan McBride (mcbride@) on network randomness and OpenBSD was cancelled at REcon. I prepared the original announcement, and hope I didn't let our readers down who may have attended on account of that. This year, hearing wind of one of the pertinent training sessions being put at risk of cancellation, I thought it would be prudent to be proactive in posting a story in hopes that perhaps enough of our readership might find this class worthwhile to make it happen.
Of course, the main conference itself has plenty of other great speakers lined up on subjects pertinent to security & reverse engineering. While the separate training intensives may sound a bit expensive, I think you'd be challenged to find comparable courses anywhere else regardless of price. Just so as not to focus entirely on Marius & Jose's course, I have heard that Nicolas Brulez reverse engineering classes are "very very good" teaching material in a hands on manner. That said, in my opinion the main conference I must say has one of the best deals in a security conference to be found and has great catering included in the $450 CDN.
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