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Security B-Sides London 2015

3rd of June 2015
ILEC Conference Centre 47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD
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Wednesday, June 3 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
My love-hate affair with Security Operations

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I started my career in security operations. It was great - the world was at my fingertips with full admin rights across every single windows NT domain, RACF instance, Tandem, Unix and SQL box… it didn't matter that I never always fully knew what I was doing. The rush of making changes to the firewall in production in order to resolve a P1 incident was unmatched. I was like Eliot Ness, I was untouchable!

That was, until the business became overly reliant on its IT systems and any minor outage caused by me or my colleagues would escalate into a colossal f-up. We were unprepared, unplanned and caught with our pants down.

Many years after my SecOps days and much therapy later I'm coming clean about my love-hate affair with secops. The shady dealings, the password-resets for favours and how I escaped the life of lies. 

This talk may include bad language, and recollections of violence - attendee discretion is advised!


Javvad Malik

Javvad Malik - the dude, playing the security dude, disguised as another security dude is a London-based IT security professional with a 15 year career working for some of the largest companies across the financial and energy sectors. Better known as an active blogger, event speaker and industry commentator who is possibly best known as one of the industry’s most prolific video bloggers with his signature fresh and light-hearted perspective... Read More →

Wednesday June 3, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
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