10th Anniversary SharkFest in Pittsburgh a great success

Original Entry by : Mark Evans

Last week saw the 10th Annual SharkFest conference held in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University.

SharkFest is a conference for developers and users of the open-source Wireshark application, and draws a varied audience including people from NetOps, SecOps, Telcos, Government, industrial plant operators and manufacturers as well as vendors.

One of the real strengths of SharkFest is that it’s not too big. While large enough to attract Wireshark users and developers from around the world, SharkFest still remains intimate enough for the attendees to have plenty of opportunity to engage with Wireshark’s creator and lead developer, Gerald Combs, and core Wireshark developers and to have input into the future direction of Wireshark.

Amongst all attendees there was general recognition of the growing importance of packet history in providing ground truth for investigating security events and troubleshooting network problems. There was also recognition of the growing importance of continuous – as opposed to ad-hoc – packet capture in providing evidence for security investigations, and a number of presentations referenced the challenges of multi-point packet capture.

Endace CTO, Dr Stephen Donnelly, spoke about augmenting packet capture with contextual metadata – which becomes especially critical when implementing multi-point continuous packet capture solutions. Metadata allows packet history to be self-describing, so its context can be carried along with the data wherever that data may be consumed. Stephen’s SharkFest presentation is online and can be viewed below.

SharkFest is always a very interesting and valuable conference. It is a great opportunity to be part of helping to shape what has become an incredibly important tool for our industry.

Endace was very pleased to be a sponsor at SharkFest 2017, and we’re looking forward to SharkFest Europe later in the year too. Thanks to the SharkFest team (and the fantastic Janice Spampinato) for all your help. Great job!



London’s magnificent Olympia plays host to Infosecurity Europe 2017

Original Entry by : Mark Evans

More than 18,000 Cybersecurity professionals from around the world gathered last week for the Infosecurity Europe 2017 at London’s magnificent Olympia.

Infosecurity Europe is one of Europe’s pre-eminent shows. It’s always an exciting event, and this year was no exception.

This year’s theme was entitled “Cybersecurity at the Speed of Business”  and there was an evident buzz in the air. The Endace team were kept busy on the stand for the entire three days with lots of visitors keen to talk about how to integrate network history with their security tools.

The conference featured keynote addresses from Dame Stella Rimington, the first female director of MI5, media personality and broadcaster Barry Paxman, and Lord Sebastian Coe, as well as presentations from more than 200 other speakers.

It was a great show, and we look forward over the next few weeks to catching up with everyone we met. It was great to catch up with the team from Plixer too. Infosecurity 2018 looks like it’ll be even bigger and better, and we’re already locking in a spot for next year.