TLDR; Amazing free conference. Amazing Speakers. Amazing Location.
Myself and a couple of InfoSec Pros from the community were fortunate to attend a conference put on by Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas. Bentonville is five hours from where I live, but it was an easy decision to attend because Sp4rkCon had an All-Star lineup and cost $0.
Hands down I was blown away by this conference. The talks, hospitality and the people I met were truly amazing. I hope that WalMart puts on another conference like this next year.
Nir Valtman - Hacking Retail & Point of Sale (POS)
Nir had a scary, but amazing talk on the insecurity of POS systems. Biggest piece of advice I'm taking from his talk; never re-enter your PIN number.
Chad Rikansrud - Hacking Mainframes for CICS and Giggles
I absolutely love technical talks and Chad did not disappoint. Remember; a mainframe is still a computer and it's still vulnerable.
Johnny Long - InfoSec Community Development!
An amazing talk about charity and the hacker community. The work Johnny is doing in Uganda is outstanding.
Jackie Stokes - Threat Hunting
Jackie had a perfect talk on building a Threat Hunting team. I was super impressed by Jackie's presentation because she had a perfect mix of technical terms and team building insight.
Sean Metcalf - Red vs. Blue Active Directory
Kerberos, Powershell, Active Directory and admin rights. Nothing more makes me want to unplug all AD servers than this talk.
Trey Ford - People, Events, BlackHat
To be honest I was pulled away during the end of Trey's talk, but his presentation alone on the BlackHat review process was awesome. It's good to know he was part of the process.
I'm an Information Security Professional living in the heart of the Midwest. I have a passion for Information Security and a technology junkie. Connect with me on Twitter: @jeredbare