Eric Pinkerton
Hivint, a Trustwave Company
Eric has been breaking things just to fix them again since before he could walk, at 20, he spent his summer evenings as a nightclub bouncer, and read tarot cards during the day. He didn’t realise it back then, but nothing could have prepared him better for a career in Infosec, trying to predict the future, whilst ducking the punches.

Eric cut his teeth as a technologist for the BBC World Service in London, where he learned the importance of ‘educate, inform and entertain’ he also developed his passion for emerging technologies with a bent for security. Arriving in Australia in 2003 he landed an operational role at Australia’s first IP Telco, and has since served hard time at Telstra, Stratsec/BAE Systems, Datacom, CSC and finally Hivint, a Trustwave Company.

Eric has presented at Cebit, AusCERT, AISA and AusNOG believes in a healthy level of cynicism and blogs about privacy, security and the myth of infallibility in humans.

Bon Appétit - Why your risk appetite is probably not what you think it is
Technical Level (3 being the highest score): 1

In our industry, risk is a very commonly used tool, it’s the language we use to communicate, it forms the rationale for our key decisions, it’s how we prioritize the things we do, and more importantly it’s how we often justify the things we choose not to.

Despite all this, the vast majority of us have never been taught how to use this tool formally, we simply picked it up and started whacking things over the head with it, after all do we really need to go on a course to learn how to use a sledge hammer?

This talk will aim to explore the concepts of risk management and it’s surrounding minutiae, why you may well have been using it wrong all this time, why your risk appetite is probably a complete fallacy, and why things keep getting lost in translation.

Feel free to laugh along with some war stories from the trenches, so the person next to you doesn’t realise just how close to home they are.

Presentation slides can be found HERE

Presentation video can be found HERE