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5th ISACA Athens Chapter Conference

2015/11/29

After a two year hiatus, I am writing again a small post for the 5th ISACA Athens Chapter Conference which I had the joy to attend in full.  The previous two, I tried to attend but in 2013 I got dragged out of the conference due to an emergency and in 2014 I got sick.

The conference had a great start with Prof. D. Gritzalis delivering a speech with his usual performance (worth studying when you speak in front of an audience). His address was focused around Aristotle’s “high honors are awarded to one who kills a tyrant, but not to one who kills a thief“.

Then the floor was given to Jim Manico who spoke about the development of the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard 3.0 [pdf]. If there’s one thing to grab from Jim’s keynote, that would be “have dedicated security sprints” to address problems in your code.

Vasilis Katos gave once more a stellar performance on stuff they work on at Bournemouth University. A true loss for Greece, he traded war stories of stuff they have dealt with online regarding criminal activity. He covered stuff ranging from cyber-psychology, the fading distinction between online and offline life up to money laundering and murder.

Generally I get bored when leadership talks are given. They take more than 20 minutes to arrive to the conclusion (most of the time obvious to me) if any. But this time. Artemis Miropoulos after eating away his twenty and more minutes (of course) left the audience with two valuable pieces of advice: (a) If you feel you ever wronged someone, go and ask for forgiveness. Grudges, even for the most idiotic reason tend to stay unresolved for years and (b) take care of your profile and have one in the first place. Not having any, which in Engineering often is the result of humility, not only harms your career, but also the careers of the people working under you. You owe it at least to them.

My longtime friend from college years, Dr. Athena Bourka delivered a speech about Big Data and Privacy and the effort needed to keep those two in balance. Like many others before me, I believe this is a lost game (she doesn’t) but I too believe we need to work on this, despite the game being lost.

The closing keynote was delivered by ISACA’s Vice President Rosemary Amato. I wish I had her notes because the first five minutes summarised all of the conference and I would have written a better post than just hailing stuff I loved listening to.

That’s just about it. I tried to blog how I felt during the conference since you can find all the slides at the conference site. If you want to see what was being twitted the whole time, just inspect #isacaathconf15.

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