Cactus Con

Do you want to participate in a network security event?

Do you want to learn the different applications and exploits to various systems?

Do you want to show off your skills in the Root the Box events?

Do you live in the Tempe-Phoenix Metropolitan area?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, then Cactus Con is just for you!

 

Greetings and Salutations everyone,

Cactus Con is once again being held here in Arizona in March, and it’s looking to be just as great as it was last year (except I wasn’t able to go last year)!

To put it simply, Cactus Con is an event for people of all alleys of Network Security or Information Assurance, where there are many events and workshops being showcased that offer many opportunities for those who want to join in. This year you can already see some of the events that are lined up, which would include the Android App Security AuditingCheat to Win – Cheating at Video Games, and Network Forensics Workshop: Packet Pillaging Done Right, SON!

Given these are just a few of the workshops, there will be plenty more, with other speakers and panels that would also include UAT students and alumni who would be participating! It is there you can build the connections you need to as a Network Security Specialist, and be able to learn a skill or two as you go to different events that would include Programming details or different applications or exploits that are prevalent in today’s technologies.

In the past years, there has been well over 200 attendees with over 15 speakers and 3 workshops. There are several different badges available for people to obtain in regards to attending the event, and lasts throughout the entire day.

And the best part about it?

The event is free for standard admission!

Cactus Con is available for registration to anyone who would want to go. And general admission to the event is free and you will receive your badge accordingly! Otherwise there are indeed premium badges that run up for $50, and you could become a sponsor for $150, but if you just wanted to visit the event, then general attendee status is free.

A quick excerpt from their website:

On February 18, 2012, Phoenix saw its first B-Sides security conference. This unprecedented event was a great success, drawing well- known national and local speakers and selling out the first round of 120 tickets in three weeks.

CactusCon is the culmination of lessons learned from B-Sides Phoenix and expanded efforts to meet the needs and expectations of the Phoenix security community.

Targeting a broad audience from industry professionals to learners and enthusiasts, CactusCon covers security topics including building, breaking, operations, management, and career growth.

If you decide to go, you will find me, along with a bunch of my colleagues at Cactus Con on March 13th, 2015, in Tempe, AZ, at Arizona State University’s Memorial Union!

Registration is open here on EventBrite if you would like to register yourself!

You can also find their website here.

It’s looking to be even better this year, so hope to see you all there!

-Nicholas “TAE”