BSides Roanoke 2020 Postponed – New Date May 22nd, 2021.

BSides Roanoke logoAs we continue to follow the events of Covid-19, the guidance from our local CDC and local government we know we are treading in uncharted waters. We want to ensure that we are not only successful in presenting valuable content, but also successful in protecting the safety of our sponsors, presenters and participants.

To that end, after consulting with our sponsors and Virginia Western Community College, we have decided to postpone BSidesROA to May 22nd, 2021. I know like us that many of you were very excited to participate in the inaugural BSidesROA event this year, and like you we hate that we are having to postpone. However, we will be back next year bigger and better! Rest assured that all tickets that have been purchased in 2020 will be valid for the new date in 2021. Please continue to stay safe as we navigate this unusual situation.

Please feel free to reach out to us at any time via our email at info@roanokeinfosec.com or via our website at bsidesroa.org. We look forward to seeing all of you in May 2021.

Thank you,
Your BSidesROA Planning Team

Upcoming Meeting Topics

RISE meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month starting at 5:30pm. Meetings are free to attend and open to the public. Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all meetings are currently ‘virtual’. Meeting details are being sent to subscribers of the RISE e-mail list.

Date Topic Speaker
January Cybersecurity Analysis with Jupyter Hub Darrell Little
February TBD
March TBD

5 Years of RISE

This November marks 5 years of Roanoke InfoSec Exchange. What started as a simple idea for a free, informal group discussing InfoSec topics has managed to stay alive and continue to draw interest 5 years later. Looking back, this isn’t a trivial feat. One of, if not the, core principles of RISE is maximum inclusion of attendees in the area. Whether you are a seasoned professional, a student, in another career and looking for a change, or just an enthusiast – we want you to attend and benefit from RISE. “Exchange” means the exchange of knowledge for the improvement of our community and profession. We try to stay true to this principle by keeping meetings informal and free from “sales pitches”. When you come to a RISE meeting you should feel you’re getting honest information and free exchange of ideas.

This couldn’t happen without you. Your attendance, enthusiasm, and participation enables RISE to continue. If you are a RISE “elder”, we thank you for your continued participation in the group. If you are relatively new – welcome! We thank you for joining us and helping continue the spirit of InfoSec Exchange.

With your support we hope to continue bringing the community together for time to come. Thank you for your support to RISE and the local InfoSec community!

-Rob Garbee, Nate Sykes, & Ed Summers

December – Burp Suite, Part 2, Pro Edition

For December we have asked that Logan Diomedi return and give us an in-depth dive into Burp Suite.  As you may remember Logan gave us a quick overview of Burp Suite back in February and many of you requested more so here it is. 

Logan Diomedi and Burp Suite, Part 2, Pro Edition

Burp Suite is one of the many free tools available in Kali Linux.  Burp Suite allows anyone to test and verify their web applications using various techniques from initial mapping and analysis of an application’s attack surface, to finding and exploiting security vulnerabilities.  In this meeting Logan will show us how he uses Burp Suite in his “Red Teaming” pen tests and how you can use the tool to test your own websites.

December 10th @ 5:30pm; This will be a virtual meeting

Logan’s Bio

Logan Diomedi is a 24-year-old Roanoke native and has been in the Information Security world since his early teens. He currently works as a penetration tester for an offensive information-security firm known as Depth Security, where he performs network, application-based, social engineering, and physical penetration testing. Logan is a Capture-the-Flag & HackTheBox regular, and regularly performs infosec-related research in his spare time. Logan has been a RISE attendee for almost 2 years now and has a passion to bring knowledge and resources to the greater Roanoke information security community.

November 2020 – Hacking a Police Station, From Zero Access to the Evidence Room

Our next RISE meeting is going to be a great one.  Our own Tyler Booth (Hacker Extraordinaire) will be presenting “Hacking a Police Station, From Zero Access to the Evidence Room”.  Tyler will be covering one of his favorite Red Team exercises “Hacking a Police Station”.  During this exercise Tyler used several hacking techniques to move from outside with no access all the way to the evidence room.  The good new for us is that he will be explaining many of these techniques and how he leveraged them. 

The meeting will be November 12th, at 5:30pm via WebEx (WebEx info to be released later).   Looking forward to virtually seeing you all there.

Tyler’s Bio

Tyler Booth is your friendly neighborhood red teamer. He works as a Senior Information Security Consultant at CDW and can never stop hacking things.

To quote Tyler

“I have one cert and wrote a few blog posts on a currently defunct blog (dru1d.ninja). I guess that makes me a bit of an expert, amirite?”

Webcast: “How to Present” [BHIS]

We always ask for new people to step forward and present at a RISE meeting. You bring variety to the group in your experiences and delivery. But maybe you’ve never presented before, or walked away from a bad experience presenting in another forum. You’re looking for advice on how to get back behind the podium. Or you just enjoy an entertaining webcast.

Check out this webcast from Black Hills Information Security titled “How to Present: Secrets of a Retired SANS Instructor”. John Strand and friends share some of their sage advice from combined years of experience presenting to all manner and sizes of audience. These folks speak at the top conferences, face tough criticism, and know when not to drink the water. Anyone would benefit from the lessons they share – why not take advantage of community wisdom?

After you’ve watched the video send us an email at info@roanokeinfosec.com with your presentation topic for our next meeting!

October 2020 – Defense Against the Dark Arts

Our October meeting will be a joint event with the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council. As this is a special event, please note the special date and time and that registration is required

We work tirelessly to bring you a variety of InfoSec content every month. We talk about blue team, identity management, SIEM, and even legal issues. But we know….we know it’s the dark arts you fancy. This month we’re teaming up with our friends at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council to bring you a double benny:  deep technical content presented by local talent!

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Sept – Securing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

For our next meeting we want to focus on all those remote workers, you know those guys that we kicked out the door in March and April. Now that we have an opportunity to look at what we have done, let’s discuss how well we secured our remote environments? Do you have concerns? Do you have some great ideas to share? This is your time to shine. We want your input and thoughts as we discuss how to secure remote infrastructure. Our speaker well give his thoughts and then we will open it up to discussions and thoughts afterwards.

Meeting time:

September 10th, 5:30 PM, WebEx information will be sent via E-Mail

Presentation summary:

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the US many organizations have reduced their physical employee presence and have moved to a remote workforce. This has resulted in many organizations to hastily provide a remote access solution to their employees. This has also, conversely, increased many organizations attack surface to insider or adversarial activity against their organization. In this talk I will be looking to address common shortfalls of these environments coupled with several war stories and defensive strategies to reduce the exposed risk.

Speaker BIO:

Matt Burch is a seasoned InfoSec veteran with 17yrs of collective experience who has transitioned from defensive to offensive security tactics. This has led Matt to develop an understanding of defensive security challenges in addition to adversarial abuse of these strategies. Matt is a Principle Consultant with Optiv’s Threat Management – Attack and Penetration team. Over the past decade, Matt has fulfilled various Subject Matter Expert (“SME”) positions and currently maintains Optiv’s assessment methodology for Product Security Testing.