August 2021 – Securing Against Space Weather

“Those who shoulder disaster recovery responsibilities won’t want to miss this one.  This presentation will introduce the topic of “space weather” and why you should be concerned about it, including strategies you can take to minimize the impact of some worst-case scenarios of solar cycle 25.” -Rob Perry

I get it, what the heck is space weather and why should I be concerned about it?  Well Rob Perry is bringing us the goods again.  If you have ever attended one of Rob’s presentations you know that he has a great ability to take a very complicated subject, break it down and make it fun and enjoyable with a slant toward security.  His previous presentations on Block Chain and Quantum Computing were awesome and we expect this one to be just as good. Stay tuned for more information on this one.

Thanks to SyCom Technologies for hosting

What: Securing Against Space Weather

When:  Thursday, August 12th, 5:30 pm

Where: 

In Person:

Sycom Technologies Colonnade Corporate Center 2800 Electric Rd #103c, Roanoke, VA 24018

Virtual

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Presenter Bio:

Robert Perry is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Carilion Clinic, one of the largest hospitals and healthcare providers based in southwest Virginia, serving nearly one million in the Virginia community and surrounding areas.

As an expert in the technology industry, Mr. Perry’s charismatic speaking style and passion for technology and cybersecurity have made him a sought after speaker at conferences. Speaking topic range in areas including: cybersecurity systems, and tools, attack and counter attack cybersecurity response systems, authentication and access control.

Mr. Perry is a high performance IT leader with over 20 years’ experience managing cybersecurity, technology systems and networking. His business and technology experience has allowed Mr. Perry to align technology initiatives with corporate and organizational business objectives.

He holds dual masters degrees: Masters in Technology Management and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Mr. Perry’s licenses and certificates include: CISSP (retired), CISA, CCSP, and CCNA-Voice

July 2021 – FBI on Current State of Affairs

We’re starting summer off with a great meeting that you’ll want to attend. Special Agent Michael Mehnert of the FBI’s Cyber Intrusions division will join us to discuss the ‘Current State of Affairs’. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from someone who works with and understands contemporary events of cyber crime.

This will be an in-person only event – be sure to mark your calendar and plan to join us on July 8th! As an additional incentive – we will have pizza at this meeting sponsored by Fortinet!

What: FBI Cyber Intrustions “Current State of Affairs”

When:  Thursday, 08 July, 5:30pm

Where:  ECPI Univerisity – 5234 Airport Rd NW Suite 200, Roanoke, Virginia, 24012

April 2021 – Mitigating the Risk in the New Operating Paradigm

Many of us have crossed the one-year marker of operating under COVID19 restrictions. Upon awakening to remote work as a requirement for worker safety, businesses rushed to implement remote access and collaboration tools. Although the tools and capabilities are nothing new, the scale of implementation and types of users consuming them was previously unanticipated for some in leadership and security departments.

Renee Tarun, Deputy CISO & VP of Information Security at Fortinet, joins us this April to discuss how we must adapt to identifying and managing risk in this new operating paradigm:

We have seen 2020 be an unprecedented year for networking and security teams with the explosion of digital transformation and remote working. Rapid pivoting of people, process, and technology to adjust to new operational norms has ensured business continuity, but it hasn’t come without additional security challenges and risks. With more connected people, applications, and devices, organizations need to have a holistic approach to managing cyber risk. With no end in sight to this new shifting landscape and with adversaries on our heels, how do we prepare for what lies ahead?  This session will focus on ensuring we addressed the security and network risks of today and are prepared for the challenges of tomorrow.

Event Details

April 8th, 2021 @ 5:30pm


Virtual Event – sign up to RISE email list for connection info

Presenter Bio:

Renee Tarun has over 20 years’ experience in the cybersecurity and information technology fields with leadership experience in development and engineering, operations, strategy, policy, and portfolio management, across the intelligence community, law enforcement, and private industry.

As Deputy CISO at Fortinet, she focuses on enterprise security, compliance and governance, and product security. Prior to joining Fortinet, she served as Special Assistant to the Director, National Security Agency (NSA), for Cyber and Director of NSA’s Cyber Task Force, in which she advanced NSA’s execution of its cybersecurity and cyber-related missions by overseeing resources; defining and integrating mission capabilities; and shaping agency strategy and national level policy at the White House.

Renee is also a board member for the George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering, creating synergy between the school and the professional community by addressing workforce development demands, industry expectations, and employment trends.

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.

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.

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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SyCom SOC Launch Social

SyCom Technologies, a local IT solutions provider and RISE supporter, is holding a social event to celebrate the launch of their Security Operations Center. The event will be held on June 18th at Parkway Brewing in Salem, VA. Registered attendees will learn about this new cybersecurity offering and have the opportunity to network with other IT professionals over refreshments and appetizers courtesy of SyCom and their partner, Cybersafe Solutions. For more information, email SyCom at events@sycomtech.com.