I’m writing today’s blog post to tell you all about the Dublin Security Group, which is a new monthly session in Dublin to discuss information security. The Dublin Security Group will not be a group of information security professionals meeting to stare at a presenter and a powerpoint presentation for an hour but will be a group where no presentations are allowed. The group sessions will be guided by one rule:
No presentations just conversations
I have spent most of 2010 thinking about forming a group like this and I’ve even had meetings with other technology groups and organizations in Dublin to discuss some kind of joint group with them. In the end, I spoke with colleagues and friends in the information security community and asked what we don’t like about other security group meetings or in some cases why have we stopped going to other security sessions altogether. We came up with quite a long list of reasons which included things like group meetings being during working hours; groups being too formal; driven by someone’s agenda; presentations being boring and in quite a few cases we have been subjected to large doses of “death by powerpoint”.
So what are we going to do? The opposite of all the things we see as problems in other groups. Don’t get us wrong, there are a lot of good things in many of the groups but we want to do something different, which will hopefully be more informal, thought-provoking and innovative:
1) No group leaders. We are a group of people interested in security and not looking to add lines to our CV’s.
2) No presentations. We are group that discusses security. Our enjoyment and knowledge sharing will come through conversations.
3) Informal meetings that are independent of any one person, company or organisation
4) Monthly meeting outside of work hours, i.e. 7pm on the last Thursday of every month.
5) Foster a spirit of collaboration and creativity within the group that we feel is missing from other groups in Ireland.
It won’t be perfect and we will make mistakes along the way but as a group we will decide how to address these issues. If this sounds like the kind of thing you would like to be involved with them please come along to our first meeting and be part of the Dublin Security Group.
Full details of the upcoming Dublin Security Group meeting (and all future meetings) can be found on the Dublin Security Group website:
The final thing I want to say today is that the Dublin Security Group isn’t just for people who work in information security. If you are a developer, student, sys admin, network engineer or anyone else who has an interest in talking about information security then come along and join us on the 30th September!
We look forward to seeing you there and remember everyone is welcome!
For more information please feel free to contact any of the following people: