Paranoid Penguin - DEFCON: One Penguin's Annual Odyssey

Thousands of hackers in the same Las Vegas hotel? Sounds like a party to Mick!

In all seriousness, DEFCON already is remarkably good, even incomparable. I can't over emphasize that for my friends and I who attended it, volunteered at it and presented at it, DEFCON 17 was a tremendous success—educational, thought-provoking, relevant, unpredictable, exhilarating at least as often as it was frustrating and, above all, fun.

In the words of Richard Thieme, who at the time wasn't sure whether he was quoting Simple Nomad or Bruce Potter, “For the system to work, it must never grow up and it must make us smile.” Here's to the scene's never growing up. I hope to see you at DEFCON 18!

Mick Bauer ( is Network Security Architect for one of the US's largest banks. He is the author of the O'Reilly book Linux Server Security, 2nd edition (formerly called Building Secure Servers With Linux), an occasional presenter at information security conferences and composer of the “Network Engineering Polka”.