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I am new in the field, and I don't know how popular Security Conferences are with you guys. I figured if at least 3 people say they are going, it would be worth me taking a Black Hawk flight to hop onto a C-130 or C-17 from Afghanistan to get to this Black Hat ® Technical Security Conference: Abu Dhabi 2011 thing.

So is anyone going?

http://www.blackhat.com/html/bh-ad-11/bh-ad-11-home.html

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    @Abdu - Welcome to the site. IT Security StackExchange is a Q&A site intended to address objectively answerable questions based on real-world problems. It is not meant to be an open-discussion forum. However, we do have a Meta site (meta.stackexchange.com) that may be more accepting of "discussion" topics which are not quite on-target for the regular Q&A section. Please read our FAQ: security.stackexchange.com/faq – Iszi May 4 '11 at 5:28
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    Hi @Abdu, you could also try grabbing folks over at the chatroom – AviD May 4 '11 at 5:52
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    Black Hat is a well-respected conference - thanks for putting this out. I'd be happy to jump on the bus. Where is the nearest C-17 stop to Boulder CO? :) – nealmcb May 4 '11 at 20:43
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    @Nealmcb - nearly made me spill my wooded chardonnay. :-) – Rory Alsop May 4 '11 at 22:46
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    @nealmcd Request the Blackhawk....its comes to your doorstep – Abdu May 8 '11 at 1:51
  • I'd be too concerned about my (personal) physical security to pay attention to any technical security presentation. Overload – goodguys_activate May 11 '11 at 18:33
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Not sure how many folks on here are from the emirates so don't be too disappointed if no-one answers...

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  • I am not from the Emirates neither - but I know that conference isn't for the locals is you know what I mean. It is a tourist/business town. THIS does, however, answer my question on assessing its populaity :-) I just don't know if I should assume this to be for the entire IT Security industy - or just for the Middle-Eastern IT Security. I mean, do IT Security people rather stay home, or do they get out and mingle at such events. – Abdu May 8 '11 at 1:50
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    Oh there is an awful lot of mingling at the major events, however the big BlackHat cons are Vegas and Washington. The Europe one is quite a bit smaller. – Rory Alsop May 8 '11 at 18:08
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    Vegas is pretty much THE conference. There are an awful lot of people there, and two other conferences occur following/during. If you can get the time, i'd highly recommend it. I know folks who come in from AF specifically for this, bumpy C-130 ride and all. It's well worth the trip. – Ori Jun 10 '11 at 4:02

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