Talk: The Kids Are Going To Be 200 OK

Infosec is like sex ed. If you wait until kids need it, you have waited too long.

Schools don’t, peers can’t, we have to.

As security professionals, we spend a lot of time educating adults on how to be safer, how to protect themselves, how to be security aware. But if we really want to change the culture, we have to start earlier. We have to teach kids what information they should never give out. We have to give them methods to evaluate the truth of what they are reading. And we have to prevent them from  becoming the next generation of jerks.

This talk is not about net nannies, monitoring your router traffic, or behaving like a security organization in your home. It’s about genuinely teaching new humans how to behave in an environment we had to figure out the hard way.

It’ll be about

  • troll-proofing your kids (I/O)
  • privacy and autonomy
  • identity and sharding
  • optimism
  • information jubilee
  • how kids are like automation scripts.

Information security as a life practice is not something we’re taught, it’s something we have absorbed in our time in the industry. How can we distill all that life-experience into something that  we can teach and pass on? This talk is for everyone with a n00b in their lives, or anyone who isn’t sure how to keep themselves safe(ish).