Upcoming Topics – 2019

RISE meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month starting at 5:30pm. Meetings are free to attend and open to the public.

Date Topic Speaker
October 10 Threat Intel Andrew Beard
November 14 Selecting a Managed SOC Rob Perry
December 12 Wireless Intrusion Detection Dave Boulos

 

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Meeting Notes – Log Aggregation vs SIEM

Local InfoSec professionals showed up for another fantastic RISE meeting. Jared Register presented Log Aggregation vs SIEM and provided some fantastic demonstrations. Special thanks to Sycom Technologies for their support in hosting this event. Click through for link to the video!

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Event: Cyber Security Summit at Longwood University

The Longwood University College of Business and Economics and the Longwood Department of Computer Science would like to invite you to a Cyber Security Summit to be held on Tuesday, October 1st at 3:30pm in the Jarman Auditorium. Panelists Nino Milanese, Rhonda Vetere, General James Cartwright (US Marine Corps, Retired), and Dave Stafford will field questions about “Cyber Security in the Internet of Things Era“. The panel is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ms. Debbie Dautrich.

September 2019 – Capture the Flag Demonstration

Note: This cooperative event will start at 6:30pm!

Capture the Flag challenges offer the opportunity to improve your InfoSec skills whether you are a seasoned penetration tester or just starting your journey. An InfoSec novice may not sweep the competition but they will certainly improve their knowledge. Trying new things can be hard especially in a profession that contains talent that, at times, seems untouchable. Let’s calm those fears with a CtF demonstration and review.
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Black Hills Security – 30 Things to Get You Started

Many new RISE attendees ask how they can get started in InfoSec. Where do I start? What skills do I need. How can I learn new skills? Black Hills InfoSec posted a fantastic curated list of “30 Things to Get You Started”. It covers a variety of areas from log analysis, password cracking, hardware hacking, and more. Content includes blog posts and video to satisfy all types of learners.

It only takes initiative and a few minutes a day to sharpen your skills. RISE can help pair you with the people and tools – all you need to provide is the desire and effort!

Meeting Notes – Hack the Box

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We ran into a few issues with flight delays and technology – unfortunately our streaming and recording failed to save audio for this event so we do not have a video available. But RISE attendees pulled together to make this a great interactive meeting covering Hack the Box. If you weren’t able to make the event, keep reading for notes from the demonstrations. Special thanks to R&K Solutions for hosting this event.

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August 2019 – Log Aggregation vs SIEM

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Logs. We’ve talked about them in several presentations. “Maintenance, Monitoring, and Analysis of audit logs” is one of the basic CIS security controls. Security administrators have many choices in tools that handle logs, but do you really understand the purpose, function, and use case for each? What makes a “log aggregation” tool and a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tool different? When would you use one over the other?

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July 2019 – Hack the Box

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One of the most asked about topics at RISE meetings is “How do I become a Red Teamer?” or “What skills do I need for penetration testing?” As the “opposition force” of IT security, Red Teams have long held the most visible and alluring jobs in the realm of InfoSec. Shrouded in mystery they are known for their advanced skills that can penetrate even the most diligent of defenses. The role requires a breadth of IT system and application knowledge but also depth in several areas to understand fundamentals of operation and how to thwart them. This sometimes poses a barrier to entry to the new InfoSec professional uncertain about how to approach the myriad skills needed for success in the role.

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