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    Friday from 12:00 – 13:50 in Sunset 3 at Planet Hollywood
    Audience: Offense for the end user Mike Kiser

    The Third Servile War was over. The slave army has been defeated, and the survivors are offered a pardon by their Roman captors. The only requirement was that they identify Spartacus, their leader (Kirk Douglas). Rather than give away his identity, however, they all begin to yell out "I'm Spartacus!"—thus preserving his anonymity by overwhelming the Romans with possibilities. (Spoiler alert: they all die as a result.) "Spartacus as a Service (SaaS)" is an open-source proof-of-concept is introduced that facilitates these obfuscation techniques. This will allow for automatic obfuscation of a chosen identity on a small scale, and lessons learned from its usage will be discussed. Current version at: Open-source tool written largely in Node.js under an MIT license OAuth is used for authentication and authorization Content is generated via a Markov chain using sources such as Jane Austen, political platforms, and Aaron Franklin’s book on BBQ Amazon Mechanical Turk may be used to circumvent captchas Note that this is not a tool that *prevents* targeted advertising — instead it seeks to dilute the value of information that companies know about a user. It obfuscates the real content so that outsiders cannot tell what the real content (or in some cases, who the person) actually is.

    Mike Kiser
    Mike Kiser is insecure. He has been this way since birth, despite holding a panoply of security roles over the past 20 years—that might imply otherwise. In spite of this, he has designed, directed, and advised on large-scale security deployments for a global clientele. He is currently in a long-term relationship with fine haberdashery, is a chronic chronoptimist (look it up), and delights in needlessly convoluted verbiage. He is obsessed with identity’s role in security and is the co-host of a podcast illuminating all things identity. He warmly embraces the notion that security is more of a state of mind than a destination.