WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BroCon 2018, the most important community event for users, developers, incident responders, threat hunters and architects who rely on the open-source Bro network security monitor, today announced that security innovator Marcus J. Ranum will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. A world-renowned expert on security system design and implementation, Ranum is a pioneer in security technology and one of the early innovators in firewall, VPN and intrusion detection systems. During his presentation, Ranum will address emerging trends in the use of open-source security software.

“The addition of Marcus Ranum to our speaker lineup solidifies the high-value content we will provide attendees during this year’s program,” said Keith Lehigh, principal security engineer at Indiana University and Bro Board member. “As a technology, Bro is a powerful network analysis framework that focuses on network security monitoring. Bro users include major universities, government agencies, research labs, supercomputing centers and open-science communities, many of whom will attend BroCon to share new developments and best practices. We are looking forward to October in our nation’s capital.”

BroCon, hosted by the Bro open-source community and Corelight, is an annual Bro user conference featuring technical talks, demonstrations and discussions about the project, its many applications, and its future. Content is focused on the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape and how Bro is helping organizations across the public and private sectors by providing better data and network traffic analytics.

A selection of additional scheduled speakers includes:

  • Johanna Amann, staff scientist, ICSI
  • Alan Commike, Reservoir Labs
  • Seth Hall, chief evangelist and co-founder, Corelight
  • Joe Johnson, software engineer, ICEBRG (recently acquired by Gigamon)
  • Adam Pumphrey, Bricata
  • Ed Sealing, president and CEO, Sealing Technologies, Inc. 
  • Aashish Sharma, cybersecurity staff, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Fatema Bannat Wala, security engineer, University of Delaware
  • Barry Weymes, security engineer, Aramco Overseas Company

“BroCon is the most important event of the year for the community of developers, users and companies that use it,” said Robin Sommer, lead developer on the Bro open source project. “It’s an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, learn about new uses and implementations, and hear from the community about their ideas for the future of Bro.”

BroCon 2018 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA from October 10-12. For additional information, or to register, visit www.brocon2018.com. The event is sponsored by: Humio, BluVector, Reservoir Labs, Perched, Garland Technology, Ixia, Amazon, Elastic, Salesforce and TachTech.

About Bro
Bro is a powerful open-source network analysis framework that is much different from the typical IDS you may know. While focusing on network security monitoring, Bro provides a comprehensive platform for more general network traffic analysis as well. For more information, visit www.bro.org.

A.J. Guenther
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