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!
Virginia Tech is hosting SANS SEC555 “SIEM with Tactical Analytics” at the Blacksburg campus March 11-15, 2019. This lab-heavy course prepares students to use SOF-ELK, a SANS sponsored free SIEM solution, to turn log data into useful information. Deep discounts are available for students and state government employees. Follow the link for course info and registration!
RISE founding member Rob Garbee wowed the crowd with a live demonstration on phishing at this month’s meeting. We saw how a compelling phishing campaign can be set up in a very short amount of time and with very little monetary expenditure. Thanks to our friends at Sycom Technologies for hosting this event at their facility in Roanoke.
We had to divert since the SANS Holiday Hack ‘KringleCon’ wasn’t available in time for the RISE meeting. But everyone had a great time at the Blue 5 restaurant! Suds were consumed (the coffee stout was really good!) and security discussed. Topics ranged from OSCP, penetration testing, lessons learned, and on-the-job stories. Everyone enjoyed the fellowship and interesting war stories. Pro tip: Don’t click random authenticator app ‘approve login’ requests when you’re not actually logging in. 😉
If you haven’t already seen it, the Holiday Hack is active! This has always been a great way to pick up some skills and have fun in the process. If you have some free time on vacation this week be sure to log in and check it out.
Thank you for making this another great year for RISE. This marks our third year bringing together InfoSec professionals and enthusiasts in the Roanoke valley and surrounding areas. We hope you have benefitted from the presentations and fellowship, and look forward to more in 2019. Join us, bring your friends and colleagues, and let’s make 2019 an even better year for InfoSec jobs in the Roanoke region! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
And as always, if you would like to present at an upcoming RISE meeting send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We waited as long as we could to make the call, but we’re not sure that the SANS Holiday Hack will be open in time for this month’s meeting. So, fall-back plan!
SECURITY AND SUDS!
Join us at the Blue 5 restaurant in downtown Roanoke for an evening of Security and Suds. We’ll meet at the bar, enjoy some drinks, company, and finish out the year reflecting on InfoSec topics and careers.