I've fallen into one of my crazy-busy periods. In addition to work's various deadlines I've attended three conferences on cybersecurity and privacy; spoken at a local event about one of my first experiences catching a cybercriminal; and I'm preparing to speak on a panel about creativity, invention, and innovation next week at the Connecticut Historical Society and Library:
My specific topic is how makerspaces, such as MakeHartford, contribute. Since I'm also part of the Nation of Makers overview group, I said I could talk more broadly about the maker movement in Connecticut.
Moving back in time, at The MOuTH's event on "First Things First" I told about the time I caught a cybercriminal - in part because he sent me contact information because he wanted to fly his plane up and take me out on a date! Sound improbable? Can't make up facts like that, nobody will believe them. The stories that have been collected from The MOuTH's events over the years are being turned into a podcast, so you may get to hear it someday.
Then there was the annual Symposium hosted by the University of Connecticut Law Review. They had done one in 2014 for the 50th anniversary of the decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, and this year's was called "Privacy, Security & Power: The State of Digital Surveillance". Very interesting, the discussion and perspectives, especially given the changes in Washington right now.
Saturday I helped the Cetacean Society International with a display (and the only sale of the day) at the Amherst Railway Society's annual hobby show. Sunday I caught up on things before leaving Monday for Washington so that I could attend the ACC Foundation's first Cybersecurity Summit. A solid and long day of talking to colleagues, attending panel presentations, capped with a lively table exercise. A couple hundred of the best and liveliest minds storming at once!
That evening I flew to Chicago so that I could speak on a panel the next day in the daylong "Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Clients and Your Firm" continuing legal education program. In addition to preparing the obligatory materials, I spoke on a panel about what to do if you find there is a breach.
In the middle of the day I noticed the New York Times posted an article about securing home devices which I mentioned during a speaker change because the information can be helpful to small law firms and solo practitioners. Serendipity!