Training: 8–9 November 2016
Tutorials & Conference: 9–11 November 2016
Amsterdam, NL
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor
Policy Engineer, GitHub

Website | @USSJoin

Brendan O’Connor is a policy advocate, security researcher, and consultant based in Seattle. He works to cross-pollinate software development and the legal/regulatory world as part of GitHub’s Policy team, and was once described by a former coworker as “not the lawyer we need, but the lawyer we deserve.” On the side, he builds security programs, argues with people who are wrong on the Internet about security governance, and runs the Narwhal project/conference ( He lives in Seattle, WA surrounded by radio gear.


15:50–16:30 Thursday, 10 November, 2016
The human element
Location: G102 Level: Non-technical
Brendan O'Connor (GitHub)
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Security people are "only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the intent of the community welfare," but often the relationship between security and everyone else is fraught. Brendan O'Connor explores how another group charged with protecting everyone handled this problem with humor, kindness, and a commitment to service. Read more.