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If you are headed to San Francisco next week for RSA there are a few things you will want to check out.  Obviously the main tent of RSA is a huge event for the security industry but there are other things going on also that you will want to see for yourself.

1.  The IT Blind Side

As you are planning your schedule for sessions during RSA make sure to circle Dwayne Melancon speak on Tuesday at 3:40.  He is going to give a talk called The IT Blind Side.  Don’t worry this is not a boring vendor pitch.  It is a great presentation about real world experiences that you will be able to relate to as a security and compliance professional.  Dwayne was nice enough to let us stick a camera in his face to give you a sneak peak into what the talk is all about.

2.  B-Sides San Francisco

If you are not familiar with Bsides here is how they describe themselves:

Each BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members.  The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time.  It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening.

You can find out all the details about the event at the Security B-Sides San Francisco page.   The event is happening all day Monday February 14 – Tuesday February 15. The event is officially full but they will be accepting walk ins as space allows.  It is literally on the same block as RSA.  It will be full of great people and great content.  This group is a ton of fun and more importantly they know their stuff.  The speakers here are second to none and very passionate about their topics.  This is an environment where you go for the content and the people not the structure of a traditional conference.  The other thing you will want to attend is the party on Monday night.  All the details are in the link above.

If you can’t make this event there are more coming up and more being developed all the time.  You can keep up with all of them here.

3.  Mini Metricon

Mini Metricon is an event I was introduced to by Gene Kim last year.  As I looked into it, I quickly found that this group is having some very cool discussions around metrics and data models.  This event is also happening on Monday February 14  at the Moscone Convention Center.  You can find the schedule of events here.

The forum is described as follows:

Mini-MetriCon 5.5 is intended as a forum for lively, discussion in the area of security metrics. It is a forum for quantifiable approaches and results to problems afflicting information security today, with a bias towards specific approaches that demonstrate the value of security metrics with respect to a security-related goal. Topics and presentations will be selected for their potential to stimulate discussion in the workshop.

I will be starting off my week over here to here Alex Hutton speak about the cool things he is doing over at Verizon.

4.  The Tripwire Booth

You might roll your eyes at the fact I’m telling you to come by our booth.  Yes I want you to see the great solutions we have to offer but I really want you to see something we are doing that started last year at RSA.  I spotted a booth last year that was made of video screens and I was pretty enamored with it.  I lobbied for a media wall for a year.  We will be streaming social media content to a huge monitor but there is a much bigger wow factor in the booth.  They took a simple request and blew it out of the water.  It is something you will want to come see.

If you don’t have one you will want to download a QR code reader.  We are going to have some fun with QR codes.  You don’t have to have one but if you want your own we suggest iNigma for the iPhone and Windows Mobile and BeeTagg for Android and Blackberry.  I can’t really give away the big wow but you will notice when you come by.  Monday I might be able to tweet out a video of the object of my affection.

5.  The Codebreakers’ Bash

Tripwire is proud to be the sole co-sponsor of this event with RSA.  Last year we were part of the same event and it was very cool.  It is held in San Francisco City Hall, which is an impressive building.  The music will be great, food will be filling and the entertainment promises to be entertaining.  We will be having some fun that night being topped off by giving away a Vespa.  This promises to be a great end to a packed week.

You can check out the Flickr pics from last year and some videos from the event.

If you see someone from Tripwire please say hello.  There will be a ton of us here, there and everywhere.  You can find most of us on Twitter.  I created a list here of all of the Tripwire employees.  We always encourage your to follow us on Twitter – we are trying hard to ad value and not spam. :)

As always – If we can be of assistance to your sucess at RSA next week please let us know.

Matt