Interview with Iggy
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 Iggy, a geek at heart who works and plays with IT. She has been working in IT and infosec for years and according to her own words, she feels like John Snow, there is so much to learn out there. She is a generalist so she works as IT & Information Security Manager covering technical and governance areas. She was a director of BSides London (company) for 3+ years but being a “BSides lover” seems to be something one doesn’t give up!
1. You were part of the organizing team on BSides London for a while - what was the biggest challenge to you - and what was the greatest benefit of your work?
Herding cats is the biggest challenge. Not just on the day (we get tons of offers for that) but finding, engaging talent that can commit themselves to do “hidden jobs” pre event is the hardest.
Security BSides London is community group that can only run with the fuel injected by the community energy. Because of legality we have to be a “legal company” hence having official directors but directors are not “owners” they are custodians… directors take care of BSidesLondon but the community must own it and must run it.
2. What is the typical BSides spirit in your opinion?
Friendship, Trust and collaboration are what BSides events mean to me. I am a bit soppy abut BSides really, I know in our industry we have big egos, competitive spirit and fairly cynical attitudes but we are more than that. We have humor and kindness and willingness to support/help others so…at bsides people tends to leave their drama and rock star status at the door and come in as a participant, willing to learn and teach and being supportive of others. I think… I hope…
3. BSides London is much bigger and more famous than BSides Hamburg that will be taking place for the second time this year. What can Germany learn from the UK on these terms?
Size doesn’t matter - what matters is content and spirit. Engage your community, offer a platform for geeks to meet, share knowledge, ideas, learn, teach, expose themselves (not that kind!) and ultimately build friendships…be a little silly that is what matters. I really enjoyed some speakers dress up others sing and dance… hell security conferences don’t have to be that serious to be good
4. Since you are very committed in women’s role in security - how would you describe the current situation? And what is to be done to improve the situation?
Over the years I have been involved with non-profits working to support and encourage women in IT, STEM, Security, Cyber whatever…and this is work that never ends. There are many organisations doing great work around the world but sometimes the efforts put by those groups don’t always translate onto increased percentages or number of women in the area.
This is not a women issue, it is a community issue so everyone needs to help to change things and women need to roll their sleeves and do something too. I don’t intent to sound low about it but right now I am taking a break from direct action I need to charge the ol’ batteries. Women’s role in all areas of society need to be improve period - It’s a human right.
5. What wishes and hopes would you have for our BSides activities in Germany?
BSides Hamburg and BSides Hanover did a great job last year and I am glad to see the events repeating. I hope the local geeks grow to love these events with passion and get involve building, delivering and participating in them. I hope to make it over one of these days
How to book tickets
You can book tickets to the conference, via our Eventbrite page.