New conference will discuss the profession of security testing

Black Hills Information Security (BHIS), is hosting a one-day information security conference, called Awareness Con. The event will take place from 9am – 4pm in Adel, Iowa on Nov. 20, in the Adel Public Library.

The one-day conference will consist of speakers from penetration testing companies, information security professionals from Iowa, and a time for questions and answers with audience members.

The purpose of the conference is to bring awareness to the profession of penetration testing (ethical hacking) and the benefits it provides to computer security programs. Penetration Testers are hired by companies that want to test their security postures to ensure that safeguards put in place are actually effective against criminal attack.

“We are hosting this one-day conference because penetration testers provide a vital and integral part of security programs. Essentially, how do you know something is secure unless you test it,” said, John Strand, owner of Black Hills Information Security. “We’re hoping to help explain what penetration testing is, how rules of engagement are discussed ahead of time and adhered to, and find a way to make sure something like the arrest of people doing what they were hired to do, doesn’t happen again.”

Registration to the event is free but space is limited. This event will stream live online for people unable to attend in person.