BSides Roanoke 2020 – New Date & CFP Deadline Extended

BSides Roanoke logoValued BSides Roanoke Guests,

We have all been impacted on a personal and professional level by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The planned date for BSides Roanoke 2020 is fast approaching but uncertainty remains on the status of social gatherings through Spring. Our commitment to bringing a successful conference has not waivered. However, we need to make adjustments to deal with the current contingency.

As the first of its kind in our area, we feel that BSides should continue as an in-person, rather than virtual, conference. A personal connection among participants, speakers, and sponsors cannot be matched by a virtual event. However, the situation on social gatherings in the May time frame is unknown. Working closely with our venue, Virginia Western, we will be delaying the event until July 11, 2020. It is our hope that the situation has stabilized by that time frame yet it is close enough to the original date to reduce impact on all involved. The Call for Papers deadline has been extended to May 30th. We look forward to your proposals!

Our hope is to build relationships, boost skills, and spark curiosity in the Roanoke IT community. We want the conference to be a safe and rewarding experience for all guests. Though we have been dealt a difficult situation, rest assured we are doing everything we can to move forward consistent with State recommendations for the safety of all. If you have any questions, reach out to us at info@roanokeinfosec.com.

 

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.

Date Topic Speaker
April 9 Secure SD-WAN Stephen Watkins (Fortinet)
May 14 MFA The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Rob Garbee
June 11 Feeling Blue, a little bit about BlueTooth Hacking Rob Garbee

 

May 2020 – Multi-Factor Authentication – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, this month’s meeting will be virtual. Web conference connection info will be provided via the RISE Email List.

For May we will be presenting on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Multi-Factor Authentication or MFA.  Seems these days we hear that the solution to all of our remote authentication woes is to deploy MFA.  However how easy is it?  Some might say it’s super easy, while others have concerns.  In this session we will hash out those concerns, discuss success stories and discover some interesting things that the vendors don’t always tell you about.  Join us this Thursday May 14  th at 5:30 online to engage in discussion and learning.

April 2020 – Secure SD-WAN

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, this month’s meeting will be virtual. Web conference connection info will be provided via the RISE Email List.

Nearly every organization is going through Wide Area Network (WAN) Edge Transformation and the continued adoption of Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) are a prominent driver of these changes. Business-critical applications and infrastructure are moving to the cloud and legacy WAN architectures no longer meet performance expectations. Business operations require higher performance and availability across distributed enterprises.

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CANCELLED – March 2020 – Social Gaming Night

We apologize for the inconvenience – due to work-related preparations for the on-going COVID-19 situation we must cancel tonight’s social meet-up.

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About once a year RISE holds an event with no formal topic or presenter. We use these meetings to open the floor to questions or general discussion and socialize with those sharing a common interest in InfoSec. This year we wanted to try something different – a social gaming night for the RISE community.

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BSides Roanoke 2020: Call for Papers announced!

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Update: Due to the BSides Roanoke 2020 being postponed to July 11, the Call for Papers deadline has been extended to May 30th!

Here’s your chance to be a part of the inaugural Security BSides event in the Roanoke region! BSides Roanoke announces Call for Papers (CFP) for our event occurring May 30th at Virginia Western Community College. We encourage all interested InfoSec professionals to submit their proposals for a 45-minute talk. The conference aims to include a mix of intermediate-to-advanced technical and concept/research based discussions. Get those proposals in! If you have any questions about the CFP or BSides Roanoke 2020 give us an email at info@roanokeinfosec.com.

Meeting Notes – January 2020

Ken Nevers shared his inspirational story rising from rock-bottom to being a self-employed InfoSec professional. We appreciate Ken’s willingness to share such a personal story that is certain to inspire others. If you missed out on this meeting be sure to check out the video!

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January 2020 – An InfoSec Journey

While we often cover technical content, RISE exists to serve and grow the InfoSec talent in the Roanoke area. “How do I get started in InfoSec” is a common question from those trying to break into the profession. Perhaps this is you. Or perhaps you want to pursue InfoSec but have doubts that hold you back. Maybe you hesitate because of a lack of a degree, lack of contacts, or lack of experience. Resolve to come to the January RISE meeting to hear Ken Nevers’ journey to InfoSec.

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December 2019 – Wireless Intrusion Detection

We spend a lot of time discussing the on-line portion of InfoSec: application vulnerabilities, buffer overflows, log review, and network traffic analysis. But physical security remains an important part of an organization’s plan for dealing with threats. Environments that house particularly sensitive data may need to track or detect wireless devices for inventory tracking and secure area sanitization.

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