Jonathan Lampe

Jonathan Lampe

Democrats and Republicans Agree: Our Cybersecurity Stinks

Every two years almost seventy major candidates vie for Senate seats across the United States. Many of the candidates have or will soon have a major impact on policy and spending, and their campaign web sites are visited by millions of voters and other interested parties. 2016 has been the year of the political cyberattack, with hacked emails, phishing, insecure servers and even whispers of foreign penetration in the news.

Despite this backdrop, the cybersecurity of US Senate senatorial campaigns leaves much to be desired. On the eve of the 2016 election, Cybertical employed a new tool to scan the sites of 67 major candidates and found unpatched vulnerabilities, administrative usernames and public entry points on many of them. To help communicate which candidates’ sites were better or worse than others, every site scanned was awarded a “grade point average” (GPA) and a letter grade from A to F.

This presentation demonstrates the newly released tool, how it was used to get these results, and how the scoring process worked (and could be repeated across time to track improvement).  Several Wisconsin and Milwaukee-area political sites will also be scanned and graded live.


Brad Swanson

Brad Swanson

Explore Wisconsin Hacker History

In his talk, Brad will be discussing where we have come from as a hacker culture, and how the past dictates the present. He will touch on some of the famous and infamous hackers in Wisconsin’s history, going back to the 1800s. He will then discuss some of the technology that has come out of Wisconsin that has allowed us to practice and perfect our craft. Wisconsin is home to more than just beer and cheese, and he plans to take the listener on a journey through our history, touching on people and events that are not well known, in addition to the history that we may have forgotten about. This talk will touch on people, places, and things important to not only the Cyphercon 2.0 attendees, but to our future generations. It is up to us to pass that torch!


Richard Thieme

Richard Thieme

Beyond the Fringe: Anomalies of Consciousness, Experience, and Scientific Research

New truths emerge on the edges of our thinking, the Oort Belt of scientific paradigms. As Richard Feynman said, the critical fact that is both a fact and an anomaly can become the cornerstone of a new way thinking about things. But we have to walk a blade as well, staying imaginative but also reasonably sane in what we entertain and explore.

All new ideas sound crazy at first, suggested Robert Galvin of Motorola, and they come from a lone voice. But over time, we all agree that we always thought so from the beginning.

Richard Thieme has spent years on the edges, watching “unthinkable thoughts” move quickly to become the cores of new paradigms. The edge is becoming the center at a faster and faster rate and only collaborative efforts with serious accountability built in can ensure real breakthroughs. This talk provides a framework for doing just that.