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SIRAcon Wrap-up

This past Monday we held the very first Society of Information Risk Analysts Conference (SIRAcon). The event was hosted in the same venue, and in coordination with, the Secure360 conference. For a first-time conference, this was a really remarkable event. We had about 35 attendees, all of whom were very engaged in the conversation. Overall, we could not have asked for a much better event.

Personally, my favorite part of the conference was the "risk practitioners' panel" that I helped organized (I know that sounds a bit ego-centric, but it was a lot of fun!). It was great to have such a range of talented, experienced risk management professionals talk about their experiences, challenges they've encountered, and how they see the future unfolding.

Given the success of this inaugural event, I think it's safe to say that there will be another. It's obviously way too early to say when and where it will be, but it'll definitely happen. We hope that you'll be able to join us next time!

Hey all you risky people - good news! Registration is now open for SIRAcon 2012 - the inaugural conference from the Society of Information Risk Analysts (SIRA). The event will be May 7th, 2012, in St. Paul, MN, ahead of the annual Secure360 conference.

For full details, please check out the event page at

Tickets are now on-sale at The cost is $119, though there is a $20 discount for SIRA members (it's currently free to join, so ping us if you need the code!). Lunch, snacks and refreshments will be provided by the facility and are included in the price of admission.

There is also a special student "cover the cost of food" discount available (please email me for details). Speakers and volunteers are free - if they want to be - OR they can pay the "cover the cost of food" discounted price in order to help SIRAcon achieve it's objective of breaking even. :)

Here are a some of the titles from the confirmed talks:
   * Rolling with Resistance: Because Risk Management Isn't Just About Being Right
   * Organizing Risk Management Programs, or, What I Learned from the Secret Service and the Aviation Industry
   * The Base Rate Fallacy: How Fourfold Tables can help in Information Security
   * OpenPERT: Modeling Expert Opinion
   * Risk Management Practitioners Panel

We hope to see you in St. Paul this May! :)

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