Meeting Notes – April 2020

Sorry for the delay, folks! We’re working to get back up to speed and ensure we keep you up-to-date with our meeting recaps.

Our April virtual meeting was an overview of Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN). Johnny Hatfield and Stephen Watkins of Fortinet joined us to discuss the technology, how it is changing networking, and the benefits it brings to network security. Watch the recording on our YouTube channel:

Link to April meeting YouTube video

If you’d like to get in touch with the speakers:

Johnny Hatfield
Fortinet
Major Account Manager
804-852-3786
jhatfield@fortinet.com

References:

SDxCentral – Articles, white papers, and information on SD-WAN and related technologies

June Announcement

I know that it seems that RISE has been out of sorts these past few months and the reality is that you’re not wrong.  As you know many members of the core RISE team also serve as key team members on various Cyber teams within their own companies.   With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic we have been laser focused on setting up secure remote workforce solutions and protecting network resources as various attack patterns continue to rise.  These efforts have resulted in us not being able to dedicate the time needed to ensure that the RISE presentations that you see are both content rich and well-polished.   This is not what we desire nor will we continue down this path.  I want to assure you RISE is focused on getting you the content that you need and want.

Each month we want to make sure that each presentation is polished and presented with a knowledgeable speaker.  We also want to ensure that each meeting provides members an opportunity to socialize, share experiences and create comradery within the local Cyber community.   Lastly, I want to assure you that RISE is not going away or losing steam.  Your core team members are still dedicated to getting you presentations that are both relevant and content rich.  With that being said, I want to let you know that we will need to cancel this week’s presentation.    Due to work related duties we were not able to capture the details needed to ensure a polished presentation.  This means that we will move forward with our scheduled presentation for July and it should be a good one.  Please stay tuned as we will be sending out details within the next few days.

Again, we are sorry that we have had to cancel this week’s presentation and I promise this is not indicative of things to come, this is merely a small speed bump as we traverse these crazy times.

Stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you all in July.

May 2020 – Multi-Factor Authentication – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, this month’s meeting will be virtual. Web conference connection info will be provided via the RISE Email List.

For May we will be presenting on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Multi-Factor Authentication or MFA.  Seems these days we hear that the solution to all of our remote authentication woes is to deploy MFA.  However how easy is it?  Some might say it’s super easy, while others have concerns.  In this session we will hash out those concerns, discuss success stories and discover some interesting things that the vendors don’t always tell you about.  Join us this Thursday May 14  th at 5:30 online to engage in discussion and learning.

BSides Roanoke 2020 Postponed – New Date May 22nd, 2021.

BSides Roanoke logoAs we continue to follow the events of Covid-19, the guidance from our local CDC and local government we know we are treading in uncharted waters. We want to ensure that we are not only successful in presenting valuable content, but also successful in protecting the safety of our sponsors, presenters and participants.

To that end, after consulting with our sponsors and Virginia Western Community College, we have decided to postpone BSidesROA to May 22nd, 2021. I know like us that many of you were very excited to participate in the inaugural BSidesROA event this year, and like you we hate that we are having to postpone. However, we will be back next year bigger and better! Rest assured that all tickets that have been purchased in 2020 will be valid for the new date in 2021. Please continue to stay safe as we navigate this unusual situation.

Please feel free to reach out to us at any time via our email at info@roanokeinfosec.com or via our website at bsidesroa.org. We look forward to seeing all of you in May 2021.

Thank you,
Your BSidesROA Planning Team

April 2020 – Secure SD-WAN

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, this month’s meeting will be virtual. Web conference connection info will be provided via the RISE Email List.

Nearly every organization is going through Wide Area Network (WAN) Edge Transformation and the continued adoption of Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) are a prominent driver of these changes. Business-critical applications and infrastructure are moving to the cloud and legacy WAN architectures no longer meet performance expectations. Business operations require higher performance and availability across distributed enterprises.

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CANCELLED – March 2020 – Social Gaming Night

We apologize for the inconvenience – due to work-related preparations for the on-going COVID-19 situation we must cancel tonight’s social meet-up.

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About once a year RISE holds an event with no formal topic or presenter. We use these meetings to open the floor to questions or general discussion and socialize with those sharing a common interest in InfoSec. This year we wanted to try something different – a social gaming night for the RISE community.

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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.

Meeting Notes – January 2020

Ken Nevers shared his inspirational story rising from rock-bottom to being a self-employed InfoSec professional. We appreciate Ken’s willingness to share such a personal story that is certain to inspire others. If you missed out on this meeting be sure to check out the video!

View video on RISE YouTube Channel