This is the nominal text of Andy Jaquith’s opening remarks for Metricon X, delivered on March 21, 2019. It has been lightly edited for clarity and a few identities have been slightly disguised. The views expressed in this speech do not necessarily reflect those of my present or past employers.
I appreciate everybody coming today. It’s a great turnout for a conference that we rather deliberately did not advertise. If you’re here, it’s because you wanted to be here. You’ve self-selected.
The theme of the conference is “plus ça change…,” the second half of which is “plus c’est la même chose.” Colloquially: “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” So what we’re really here to talk about are the constants and the change. But because I suspect that we will have ample time to reheat some of the old chestnuts (the constants), I’d like to offer a few remarks on the changes — that is, notable happenings in the world of security metrics over the last 12 years.