Online, No One Knows You’re Dead presented at Shmoocon 2016

by Andrew Kalat,

Summary : Most hackers have a massive digital footprint: social media, servers at co-location sites, servers at home, overly-complicated IT infrastructure, and various other IT gear connected in crazy ways. What happens when one of us suddenly dies? How do our loved ones pick up the pieces, figure out all of our random IT crap that we’ve setup, and move forward? This talk explores the challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned as I aided in figure out the IT gear after the passing of a dear friend to the hacking community, HackerJoe, aka Michael Hamelin. I will share details of the challenges Michael’s widow and I faced, how we overcame them, and advice to better prepare your loved ones if you were to suddenly shake off the mortal coil…
Andrew Kalat (@Lerg) has been in the information security field for over 20 years. He’s worked in many roles, including operations, architecture, sales engineering, consulting, and other roles. He currently works for a financial company as a security architect and is the co-host of the Defensive Security podcast with Jerry Bell.