Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX
Susan Sons

Susan Sons
Senior Systems Analyst, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Indiana University

Website | @HedgeMage

Susan Sons is a hacker, author, and miscreant based in Bloomington, Indiana. In her working life, she aids NSF- and DHS-funded projects in establishing and maintaining sound information security practices. In her off hours, Susan codes, writes, and leads ICEI, the Internet Civil Engineering Institute, a nonprofit that supports the open source software infrastructure upon which the internet and computing in general depend. When not rescuing software projects, Susan lifts weights, practices martial arts, and gives her time as a volunteer search and rescue worker.


1:30pm5:00pm Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 12
Level: Advanced
Susan Sons (Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Indiana University)
Average rating: ****.
(4.70, 10 ratings)
Susan Sons demonstrates how to refactor complex and possibly very broken systems and software while in operation, covering architecture, project management, and security aspects. Read more.
11:50am12:30pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 10 A/B
Level: Intermediate
Susan Sons (Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Indiana University)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 6 ratings)
As a community, we talk a lot about security goals and trade-offs and about the controls we may use to get there. What we don't talk enough about is first principles. Susan Sons shares the seven information security practice principles developed with her team at IU CACR and introduces a mental model for reasoning about security instead of trying to memorize for security. Read more.
1:45pm2:25pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Location: Table 2
Susan Sons (Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Indiana University)
Need help with security? Ask Susan, who has tons of experience plus really useful models for making good security decisions. And if you want advice on a gnarly refactoring project, she can help you there, too. Read more.