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Call Theory Braindump - Issue #11

Patrick Labbett
Patrick Labbett
This weekend, I’m headed to Chicago to attend BlueTeamCon - a conference focused on the defenders, guardians, and wardens of cyber-security.
Playing RPG/MMORPG’s growing up, I generally enjoyed the “healers” - i.e., classes that are focused on restoring the health of their allies and protecting them from taking further damage from dragons and other frightening beasts.
And that’s also why I think I enjoy learning blue team cyber-security practices the most.

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My Chosen Path
Schedule, credits, and speaker info here: https://blueteamcon.com/2022/schedule/
These are the sessions that I will likely attend. Highlighted a few that I’m pretty excited about.
  • Keynote: “The Best Offense is Defense: How Blue Teamers are at the heart of the security movement” with Tazin Khan
  • “Satisfying compliance requirements with passwordless credentials” with Ehud Itshaki
  • “Hacking (and Defending!) APIs” with Robert Wagner
  • “Blue Team Social Impact: How to volunteer your cyberdefense skills without getting burned out” with Tom Costello
  • “How to Win Over Executives and Influence the Board” with Alyssa Miller
  • “Formulating An Intelligence-Driven Threat Hunting Methodology” with Joe Slowik
  • “Hey! Your database got pwned” with Sarit Yerushalmi
  • “Life beyond the SIEM - Take control of your SOC with Jupyter” with Pete Bryan & Ian Hellen
  • “Improving Alert Recall: miss fewer attacks through customizable ML anomalies” with Karishma Dixit & Ed Gardner
  • “From Exceptionally Awful to Pretty Good: A Guide for New Security Leaders” with K R Bard
  • “Becoming the Threat, The Making of A World Class Security Team” with Aaron Rosenmund
  • “Breaking Boundaries, Securing Perimeters: A pragmatic approach to Attack Surface Management” with Katie Inns
  • “Easy Defender Playbooks to Make Ransomware Criminals Cry” with Drew Hjelm
  • “The Defender’s Guide to Budgetless Endpoint Hardening” with Matt Coons
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These are two sessions from the Wellness Village at the conference that I’m hoping to get to sit in on as well:
  • “You’re Not Broken…Just Different: Don’t Let Undiagnosed Neurodivergence Ruin Your Life” - Chris Culling
  • “Gaslighting and cognitive dissonance” - Priscilla Aubrey
Project Jupyter
While I was researching the session topics I ran across Project Jupyter. It’s like a programmable scratch-pad for power users and I’m really interested in seeing how I might be able to use it for call center practices.
I’ll update you if I find anything worthwhile.
https://jupyter.org/
https://jupyter.org/
Missing my friends
The last time I visited Chicago, it was for the NAEO Summer Series in 2018! I actually went to a developer conferenced called Laracon while I was there as well!
A bunch of us from NAEO went out to one of my favorite places - Three Dots and a Dash.
Oh, the memories. Miss you all!
2020 NAEO Summer Series - Patrick & Alana
2020 NAEO Summer Series - Patrick & Alana
After party with my NAEO friends at Dot-Dot-Dash!
After party with my NAEO friends at Dot-Dot-Dash!
Tech Support IVR follow up
Calls are officially going to the answering service through the IVR! Pretty excited for this phase - there’s some work left to be done, but for now it’s a pretty workable solution.
This may sound weird but just having a buffer/layer between customers and myself to ensure timely responses to emergencies while protecting my time otherwise has really taken some weight off.
Here’s to mental health and getting caught up!
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Patrick Labbett
Patrick Labbett @calltheory

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