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?
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.
The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council’s Cyber Security Forum is hosting an event “How to Treat Your Hacker”. This event features Monta Elkins of FoxGuard Solutions discussing how to handle responsible disclosures both from perspectives of both the security researcher and vulnerable organization. Follow the link for more details and registration.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our friends at the Roanoke Linux Users Group will be presenting Virtual Machines on Linux – focusing on running Kali Linux in a virtual environment. This is a great opportunity to learn about different virtualization platforms such as Virtual Box and setting up your own Kali environment. Follow the link for more information and to RSVP for this event!
We’ve updated the Local Events page with some interesting InfoSec events and conferences within driving distance of the RISE area. These are great opportunities for broadening your knowledge, honing your professional skills, and networking with some other great InfoSec community members!
If you attend one of these events, we would love to hear from you! Send us an email with your thoughts and experiences on the event. Consider creating a presentation for an upcoming RISE meeting highlighting the event or diving into one of the skills you learned. If presentations aren’t your game, write up an article and submit to us for posting on our blog! Whatever you do, get out there – keep learning and share with others that you found them through RISE so we can spread the word to other potential area memberss!
The Charlotte Metro ISSA is presenting a Penetration Testing Workshop on April 30 – May 1, 2019. This two-day event is geared towards students and InfoSec professionals and covers many topics of interest to the RISE Membership. Follow the link for more information and ticketing details. If you attend, let them know you found them through RISE and shoot us an email with your thoughts on the course so we can share with other members!
Rob discusses jobs in InfoSec
We had a large turn out of seasoned and aspiring security professionals at the RISE Open Floor meeting this month. Thank you to all who attended and provided questions or personal experiences for the discussion. Special thanks to our hosts, ECPI University, and to TEKsystems for sponsoring pizza for the event! Continue reading
Blockchain! If you’re in IT or watch the news chances are you’ve heard this word lately. Come out to the next RISE meeting on April 11th as Rob Perry discusses Blockchain technology.
Our next RISE meeting will be an Open Floor event. Come for the food, stay for the networking and InfoSec discussion! We’ll have pizza sponsored by TEKsystems!