Training: 8–9 November 2016
Tutorials & Conference: 9–11 November 2016
Amsterdam, NL

A technical dive into defensive trickery

Dan Kaminsky (White Ops)
16:45–17:25 Thursday, 10 November, 2016
The human element
Location: G103
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 4 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Explore Autoclave, a container mechanism that provides the holy trinity of deep security, ridiculous performance, and full compatibility


Hacking is a game, and defense both makes the rules and is under no particular obligation to play fair. So cheat. Dan Kaminsky discusses work he’s been doing to make some of defense’s deepest wishes not merely possible but actually pretty easy.

Software engineering does not actually have to be a zero-sum game. Dan offers an overview of Autoclave, a container mechanism that provides the holy trinity of deep security (full Windows and Linux operation with about a dozen syscalls exposed; secure even if the attacker gets hypervisor root), ridiculous performance (containers start in milliseconds regardless of their size or complexity), and full compatibility (developers get root; users have fun). Dan also explains why applying the lessons of Autoclave to other realms has been quite entertaining, as he explores better ways to deploy cryptography, protect data, leverage clouds, and more. We’ve got an Internet to protect, and Dan has a thing or two (or eight) to share.

Photo of Dan Kaminsky

Dan Kaminsky

White Ops

Dan Kaminsky is cofounder and chief scientist of White Ops, a cybersecurity firm. Dan is an internationally respected technologist who has spent almost two decades protecting the Internet. He is is one of the seven key shareholders able to restore the Internet’s Domain Name System if necessary. An invited expert to the W3C, the guiding organization for the Web, Dan is known for his work in finding a core flaw in the Internet and then leading the charge to repair it.