Interview with Finux

December 8, 2015

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Interview with Finux

Here we are, back again with Security-BSides in Hamburg! Last December’s event was an overwhelming success, and encouraged by the participants we felt we needed to offer a second conference whilst 32c3 was in town. Minimum time-frame, scarce resources, but yet again some awesome people around us made it happen!

This is why we want to introduce some of them to you. We’re currently interviewing sponsors, speakers, participants, workshop-leaders, supporters, and community members who spread the word even if they can’t make it to Hamburg. So join us in meeting our great BSides family!

This is F1nux, founder & owner of Alba13 Research Labs & CTO of the BUSINESS DIPLOMATS - KROHN & PARTNER, as well as the initiator of BSides Germany.

1. F1nux, what do you like about BSides?

In a lot of ways BSides conferences represent some of the best aspects of the international-security community. More importantly though, I think what draws me to the concept, is it lowers the entry bar for interested individuals to have a meeting of the minds with other interested parties.

2. Why do you think it is a good idea to bring BSides to Germany?

The jury is still out on if it is a good idea or not. Germany has a very large security community, yet it seems to be stuck in its ways. This is only my opinion of course. For better or for worse CCC, its chapters, and its congress are a dominate force in Germany’s security community. Doing something different from the traditional norms opens you up to new experiences, allowing an evolution of knowledge sharing. That of course isn’t affected by some of the barriers that the status-quo brings. However the tl;dr of all of that is, more opportunities for individuals to be part of a security community.

3. Last year you started with BSidesHH, which took place around 31C3 - Where did you get the inspiration to organise it in the first place?

The magic of twitter, and a random tweet. What I mean by that is a lot of very good talks don’t get to Congress for a range of different reasons. It was commented by one of my followers on Twitter that a BSidesHH event should be started, and that’s exactly what we did.

4. What were the highlights of BSidesHH last year - and what were the lessons for this year?

For me the highlight was, no matter what is thrown at you, you can still build a platform for people to engage with their peers. This is transferred into to 2015’s event, that those that look past any minor effort it takes for them to participate will have a great event, and those that find excuses to miss out won’t. We have great talks, that aren’t going to be on at Congress with event full of participants who will get the full-benefit of what Hamburg has to offer hackers at the end of December.

5. What are your hopes, wishes and objectives for BSidesHH 2015?

That I actually get to see some of these talks this year :D All jokes aside, I hope that everyone enjoys themselves. As an organiser that’s all I can really ask for.

How to book tickets

You can book tickets to the conference, via our Eventbrite page.