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ShmooCon 2009 - Playing Poker for Charity

Tenable sponsored a booth at this year's ShmooCon and ran a Texas Hold'em table to help raise money for the Hackers for Charity organization. We raised close to $400 from conference attendees and scheduled "guest" players such as Paul Asadoorian from PaulDot.Com, Simple Nomad from NMRC, Jericho from Attrition, Chris Hoff and many others.

Playing poker with self proclaimed hackers, security experts, CIOs, CSOs, and students was very enlightening. There was at least one joke about "risk management" each hour. A lot of players liked the chance to get to sit down with some of the other attendees and speakers that have been around for a while.

Not surprisingly, although there were plenty of people playing and donating, there were not a lot of people who wanted to be photographed playing poker when they should have been in the presentations learning about security. Here is a sanitized photograph of the event at one point when we were down to just two players:


Poker-table


Thanks again to everyone that came by the booth, played some poker, asked about Nessus and complained about FDCC or PCI.