Cornerstones of Trust 2011

Yesterday was the 2011 Cornerstones of Trust conference in Foster City, and we had a great turnout. There were 29 sponsor booths from various information security vendors. Four great tracks that were mostly full.

During one of the track session that I attended during the event was the Computer Incident Response Planning session presented by Neal McCarthy.

The practicality of the response planning and involvement of all aspects of management in the process were great key point takeaways. 

I liked the fact that on page 1 of his plan he describes the purpose of the plan, and on the bottom half shows who was involved and from what department, making it not an "Information Security Response Plan" but a corporate "Incident Response Plan".

I'm looking forward to the actual takeaways and media being made available to the community.

Watching the presentation from Stephen Wu, Glenn Tenney, and Hoyt Kesterson on "Being an Expert Witness: Preparing for Trial, Depositions, and Testifying at Trial, whether You're an Expert Witness or a Fact Witness" was another great presentation.

During both of these sessions the speakers really engaged the audience and kept us engaged and entertained.

I will be able to take a lot of what I heard and learned at this conference and apply it now as well as in the future for my own career and to contribute to the community myself.

Now a bit of a disclaimer, I am the webmaster for the conference so I'm kind of on the committee and have been pretty excited about this conference for a while. We've learned some things setting up and preparing the conference every time we host it, and this time is no different. I'm looking forward to next year as well and getting under way soon.

If you attended the conference, and have feedback, there are several places you can provide this including my own website as well as a discussion on the LinkedIn page of the conference.