May 14th sees the start of TakeDownCon 2011 in Dallas. This is the debut year for this conference and it promises to become an essential conference for all those involved in information security. TakeDownCon is a highly technical conference, designed by the EC-Council, that focuses on technical research in cutting-edge exploits and vulnerabilities. It also includes 4 days of training, including the EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) – an accepted certification by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8570, and 2 days of keynotes, demonstrations and presentations.
The first keynote will be given by Barnaby Jack, who most recently gained widespread media attention for demonstrating, at BlackHat 2010, the exploitation of vulnerabilities within Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). Other speakers include Josh Shaul, Joe McCray, Alex Rothacker, and Jeremiah Talamantes, on topics including database attacks, automated malware analysis and smart phone security models.
TakeDownCon Dallas takes place on May 14-19 at the InterContinental Dallas and is sponsored by Live Hacking, among others. Some of the supporting organizations of the event include the FBI InfraGard’s North Texas Chapter and NAISG’s Dallas Chapter.