TechEd 2012: Day 4

Last day!

It has been a fantastic conference! A lot of interesting sessions for every timeslot.

I started out with Marcus Murray’s session about Advanced Persistent Threats (SIA303). I have been disappointed with Marcus’ sessions at earlier TechEds but this time I was positively surprised. Marcus, among other things, gave a good rundown on the RSA attack. Good session.

Being in a geeky mood, I next went to see Aaron Margosis and his Sysinternals Primer: Gems session (SIA311). I have read a lot of Aarons stuff before and it was great to finally see him in person. Aaron has also written a new book about the Sysinternals tools which I’m planning to get. If you’re interested it’s called Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference.

In keeping with TechEd tradition the guys responsible for the agenda had placed Mark Russinovich’s last session at the very end of the conference. No doubt to make as many people as possible stay for as long as possible. I never leave before the conference ends, so this was no problem for me. The session was the 2012 edition of the Case of the Unexplained series. Mark had all new cases and it was a very fun session.

The last session of the conference was Andy Malone’s Cryptographic Chronicles, part 2 (SIA401). This was a continuation of an earlier session. This time Andy promised beer to whoever could break his cipher challenge. I did my best, but was unable to break it this time. (No one else did either, so I wasn’t too sad.) The session itself was very interesting and a nice conclusion to the conference.

We walked back to the city center, had some dinner, and went home. All in all a great week, both at the conference, and in Amsterdam. Already looking forward to next year!

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