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Up Your Game! - Red Siege Founder to Keynote BSidesOK 2018

Red Seige founder Tim Medin has been tapped to give the keynote presentation at BSides Oklahoma, a security conference focused on practical, hands-on training for improving security.

Medin will share a talk called "Up Your Game!" where he examines how to make yourself more efficient and offers practical recommendations on what conference goers can do to meet their self and career development goals so they have more time for the things they truly love.

"I truly believe this topic is critical for each person who will attend BSides Oklahoma.  I am excited to share what I have learned launching Red Siege and help others take control of their own goals," Medin said.

BSides Oklahoma includes a two-day security training on April 11 and 12 and will conclude with a conference on April 13 at the Glenpool Conference Center in Glenpool, OK.

"I am excited to join BSides Oklahoma for this exciting week and have the opportunity to meet, talk with and learn from other security professionals," Medin said.


Red Siege is an information security consulting company that concentrates on the latest threats to organizations today. We aim to find the vulnerabilities before the bad guys. Red Siege offers a host of services including Internal Pivot Assessment and Post Exploitation; Adversary Simulation; Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessments; Advanced Product, Hardware & RF Testing; and more. Red Siege can be reached at, 234.249.1337 or online at


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"The toy had many strong security features to ensure a normal child using the doll would not stumble into inappropriate content," Medin said.  "However, other development choices would allow a nefarious user to gain access to the device that could be dangerous."

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