Host Unknown brings a touch of class to RANT Conference 2014

cropped-header-rantIt has been a long time since our last post, but that is not because we have been sitting on our hardy’s; no, in fact we have been hard at work trying to ensure our unique brand of information security awareness goes to those that most deserve it. Host Unknown is known for it’s philanthropic endeavours, keeping at least three people and their families off the street amongst many other charitable causes that we don’t like to talk about in public, and so it came as no surprise when we were approached by Acumin to help with their latest conference.

The fledgling RANT Conference, only in it’s second year this year and running on the 12th June, has asked Host Unknown to play a keynote role to ensure the conference gets as much coverage and as many attendees as possible. How could we refuse? We are very pleased to place their logo on our site, and ours on theirs (although we expect our traffic to drive to their site considerably more than the other way around of course).

As part of the negotiations we also have a booth at the conference in order to help bring a touch of respectability to it. We will be signing autographs and allowing photographs AND selfies to be taken with our presenters. We hope to bring a touch of class and respectability to the vendor area that is often easily lost at these kinds of events.

Details of our primary keynote role will be published shortly, and whilst we know many of you will be attending the RANT Conference in order to simply meet and be with Host Unknown, we are fairly confident you will also get at least some benefit from the other sessions and speakers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Why Host Unknown is the saviour of the information security industry

It’s 2014, yet the majority of companies still market and deliver information security communications like its 2001.

Host Unknown wasn’t founded on the basis of the charisma of our hosts:

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And it certainly wasn’t because of their good looks:

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It’s because we at Host Unknown believe there’s a critical gap in the security industry when it comes to how corporates approach this issue. More often than not the content is dry, boring and sanitised to within an inch of it’s life by over-cautious HR, legal departments or corporate comms.

In other words, security content looks like google, circa 1998, and that isn’t a good look for the 21st century.

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These are the very same HR, Legal and corporate communications departments that spend tens of thousands employing scantily clad women to hand out USB drives in order to scan badges at conferences. Or hand out free alcohol at events. Or have giant billboards put up in a city… even take out TV ads. Honestly, when was the last time you (or anyone you knew) didn’t fast forward through a TV commercial, stopped to look at a billboard in the street, or made a big security investment because a nice girl handed you a USB stick? (Andy, don’t answer that last question.)

We want to rock the boat (just a little) because we’re passionate about the way the security industry is relegated to the status of a neutered mongrel. We do it because telling users about security can’t be done by killing them with PowerPoint. It’s done by telling them stories. To tell someone a story you need to grab their attention – and that attention is shifting FAST meaning their time and attention are valuable commodities.

The days of business to business (B2B) or business to customer (B2C) communication channels are over, it’s all about P2P (person to person), and when you deal with people everyone has their own preferences, likes and dislikes. We don’t expect everyone to agree with our methods or our storytelling techniques. But what we absolutely believe in, is that companies need to learn how to tell their stories in the most effective way.

And that means ditching the ancient constraints of walking on egg shells because you’re afraid to offend; your end product may not offend anyone, but it also will certainly not inspire anyone.

What do you think?