January 2022 – Welcome to 2022 – Blade Gaming Postponed.

Happy New Year! 

As we begin our new year, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone.  RISE would not be what it is today with you and we just want to say thanks!  Thanks for participating and making RISE a success.  Now on to the business at hand.  First off, I am sorry to say that we will be postponing our January Blade Gaming event to February.  With Omicron on the rise and with so many cases out there I just don’t feel comfortable asking folks to meet in person yet.  I hope that by February things will have calmed down and we will be able to meet in person on February 10th at Blade Gaming in Roanoke VA.  I will share more details about this event in the coming weeks but for now please take a look at the following video.  Again thanks to everyone and looking forward to seeing you soon.

Welcome to 2022 video

December 2021 – Zero Trust Networks 101

For our December meeting we will be partnering with the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council for Zero Trust Networks 101. This will be slightly different than other RISE meetings as this will be a paid event with food provided. Please register early as we expect this to be a packed event. See the link below for more details.

VenueGill Memorial Building
Address709 South Jefferson St
Roanoke VA 24016, US
StartsWed Dec 8 2021, 05:30pm EST
EndsWed Dec 8 2021, 07:30pm EST

November 2021 – Left of Boom

After a great B-Sides event last month RISE is coming at ya with a great presentation for November.  Rob Garbee will be presenting “Left of Boom”.  Loosely based on the book Left of Bang by Douglas Laux we will be unpacking simple concepts that can assist in understanding what a network defender can know ahead of time to both predict and prevent “Boom” events.  Furthermore, we will look at what happens after the “Boom” and what concepts and tools can be used to minimize damage and recover.  Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Meeting location will be held at R&K Solutions in Roanoke VA.

November 11th @ 5:30 PM

R&K Solutions

2797 Frontage Rd NW Ste 1000

Roanoke, VA 24017

Speaker Bio

Robert Garbee is a Cyber Security Engineer working for the Carilion Clinic Information Security Department located in Roanoke Va.  In this role, Robert is responsible for performing threat analysis, network assessments and compliance auditing for enterprise network systems located in various locations scattered across Virginia.   He has more than 25 years of experience in information technology and during that time has held positions in information security, information technology and industrial security.   His certifications have included Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and most recently Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker(CEH).  Robert is also a graduate of Liberty University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management Information Security.

September 2021 -Spiders and the webs they weave

A breakdown of the complex eco-system of ECrime Actors

Wizard Spider, Carbon Spider, Prophet Spider, no we’re not talking about the next Marvel movie, we’re talking about ECrime Actors.  This month we have brought in Cristian Rodriguez from CrowdStrike to discuss how various ECrime groups operate and how they spread evil to organizations like yours.  Christian will provide an overview of the observed tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) used by various groups and will allow us to see the nasty underbelly of the world of the Spider.

Cristian Rodriguez is a Sr. Sales Engineer with CrowdStrike, working with some of the largest global enterprise clients. His background includes the implementation and consultation of a variety of security tools, such as Endpoint Security, DLP Platforms, Mobile Security, Proxy and IDS/IPS technologies. Before working with CrowdStrike, Cristian worked with the likes of security resellers, NH&A & FishNet Security (now Optiv) and technology vendors such as Forcepoint, & Zimperium.

This will be both a live in person event as well as virtual via Zoom.   

We want to thank ECPI for hosting this event.  Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Meeting info:

Thursday September 9th, 2021 @ 5:30pm @ ECPI Roanoke

ECPI Roanoke

5234 Airport Rd NW #200

Roanoke, VA 24012

No Meeting in May – Returning in June!

We will not hold a meeting for May – but do not fret! We already have June and July meetings in the works as well as some promising news for the return of in-person events!

RISE is closely watching reports that Virginia may remove gathering restrictions in June pending favorable metrics on vaccinations and infection rates. Keep an eye here on the RISE blog as well as RISE emails as the news develops.

We look forward to seeing you in June and thank you for your continued support!

Va Cyber Range presents: VACyberEduCon21

Save the date! On July 20-22, 2021, the Virginia Cyber Range presents the 2021 Cybersecurity Education Conference. This will be a virtual conference and the Call for Proposals is open for workshops and presentations fitting this year’s theme: “Cracking the Code to Cybersecurity Education”. Follow the link above fore more information and stay tuned to the Virginia Cyber Range website or Twitter (@VaCyberRange) for more information.