March 2022 – What’s Lurking On Your Network

Yes, it’s true we will be meeting this month!  After a great break from the norm at Blade gaming, we are ready to move ahead with our next meeting on March 10th at 5:30pm at ECPI in Roanoke, VA.  If you can’t make it in person that’s fine, we are streaming this event via our Zoom.  Our next meeting will feature special guest Jay McClung.  Jay will be speaking to us about how cyber-crime organizations and state sponsored actors exploit physical layer 1 “blind spots” to gain access to an organization’s most valuable assets.   See below for more info.

With the most recent events in the news, it is safe to say that state sponsored cyber attacks will be on the rise.  Protecting our assets on all levels is more important than ever and often layer 1 protections often gets overlooked in favor of the flashier exploits.  Jay McClung wants to make sure that you don’t make that mistake.  On Thursday Jay will explain how layer 1 blind spots provide opportunities for malicious actors to take advantage of our networks using malware injection, ransomware and data leakage via rogue devices.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from an industry expert while taking the opportunity to share some of your personal experiences with others in the IT security community.

As usual this will be free event, welcome to all!  Hope to see you there.


ECPI Roanoke

5234 Airport Rd NW #200

Roanoke, VA 24012

Presenter Bio:

Jay McClung has nearly 25 years in IT and Technical Sales, having worked for Dell, Gateway, Cisco, HyTrust, AlgoSec, the Department of Defense and currently Sepio Systems, a company focused solely on layer 1 network based security stemming from malicious IT, OT, IOT, and USB devices. He also holds a degree in Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University and is also volunteers as a driver for Meals on Wheels and for Moments of Hope, a homeless veteran’s outreach ministry where he is the active Board President.


February 2022 – Blade Gaming Social Event

You know every now again we like to mix it up a little. After having to delay last months meeting due to COVID we are really looking forward to getting together this month on February 10th downtown Roanoke at Blade Gaming at 5:30pm. We just want to get together, hang out and play some games. While you are there you can take advantage of the 100s of games they have on the shelf or you can bring your own. I personally will be bringing Backdoors and Breaches and Cards Against Security. There is a $5 fee to play games, but I believe that a snack is included in this cost. So, if you have the time on February 10th, come by Blade Gaming in downtown Roanoke and play some games with us. Please keep in mind this is a casual event with no speaker so there will no online event this month. As always, we look forward to seeing you and hanging out.

Meeting Info:
February 10th, 2022 @ 5:30pm

Blade Gaming
430 Salem Ave SW,
Roanoke, VA 24016

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