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Monthly Meeting - August 26, 2019

Utilizing Offensive Testing to Enhance Your Defenses and Responses

 

Presenter: Jared McLaren

Description:
There’s regular Penetration Testing, and then there’s Adversarial Testing. There’s responding to an incident and remediating afterward, and then there’s learning from that incident to make your defenses better. In this talk, Jared McLaren will talk through some case studies regarding Adversarial Testing and Incident Response engagements; and how you can leverage one the benefit the other within a security organization.

Bio:

Jared McLaren

Jared resides in Des Moines with his family, and is a leader in Secureworks’ Adversarial Testing Group. He has several years of security experience both as an end user and as an adversarial tester. When he’s not in front of a screen, Jared loves exercising and participating in physical challenges.

Where:

Corteva Agriscience (formerly DuPont Pioneer) 7000 Northwest 62nd Avenue Johnston, IA 50131

 

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Monthly Meeting - July 22, 2019

Malware Analysis for Incident Response

 

Presenter: Craig Leabhart, Information Security Analyst

Description:
There are a lot of different incident scenarios that companies are faced with. While malware isn't involved in all of them it can pose a significant threat. The 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report cites malware as being involved in 28 percent of breaches. Having even basic malware analysis capabilities can bolster your SOC and improve the effectiveness of your incident response.

Bio:

Craig Leabhart, Information Security Analyst

Craig is a self-described politics junkie, geek, and Viking. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Political Science and spent a number of years working in politics and non-profits before going back to school and receiving a degree in Computer Science from Drake University. He has four years of experience reverse engineering malware and has his GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware certification.

Where:

EMC Insurance Companies
717 Mulberry St
Des Moines, IA

Public Parking ramp is located at 8th & Mulberry. Please bring a photo ID. Go to the Skywalk level Reception Desk to receive your temp badge and directions to the meeting room.

 

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Monthly Meeting - June 24, 2019

War for Talent

 

Presenter: Kristi O'Brien & Brian Glass

Description:
What does the future job market look like? With a 2.4% unemployment rate in Iowa, finding the right IT talent is not as simple as it once was. Yet there are steps you can take to help your company succeed in these current conditions. By creating efficient hiring processes, observing the population trends and labor pools, and focusing on key retention strategies, you can support your business and be prepared for what the future holds.

Bio:

Kristi O’Brien – Information Technology Account Executive

Kristi O’Brien has been providing top IT talent in the Des Moines area for over 11 years. She decided to get her degree from Iowa State University in Management Information Systems. After graduation, she started her career with a local, Des Moines company as a computer programmer. Eager to explore the country, she took an opportunity in sales for a national company. In 2007, she learned about a great opportunity to get back into IT at Palmer Group and couldn’t pass it up! She is as passionate about helping people as she is about technology. Her focus is on information technology recruiting contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire positions. Kristi’s goal is to connect IT professionals and grow their careers with a mission to make lives better. In her spare time, Kristi loves spending time with her family and instructing group fitness classes.

Brian Glass – Information Technology Director

Brian has over 20 years of professional IT recruiting, sales and human capital management experience. He’s worked in the Des Moines market for 19 years and is passionate about people and technology. During those years, Brian has built hundreds of high performing teams for local companies and has a reputation for conducting business at the highest ethical standards. He is involved in everything from hiring and recruiting sales professionals to interview and screening top local IT talent.

Where:

FBL Financial Group, Inc
5400 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA

 

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ISSA Des Moines DEFCON Scholarship Program

This year we provided funding for 2 scholarships to Women in Security and Privacy to send young women to DEFCON.

We are pleased to announce that we will also be providing up to 3 DEFCON scholarships to selected Chapter members. Each scholarship will be for $900 to cover ticket price, travel, and accommodations.  Recipients will receive the funds prior to the conference and will be responsible for purchasing the ticket and booking their own travel and accommodations.

Application requirements:

  • Must be an ISSA Des Moines Chapter member
  • Have not attended DEFCON in the past
  • Do not have an employer willing to fund attendance for this conference
  • Submit a short essay application

If interested, please email your essay application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The essay should provide background about you, your professional goals, and how attending the conference will help you personally and professionally.

Please have your application submitted no later than June 15th.  Recipients will be announced at the June 24th monthly chapter meeting.

Thank you and good luck!

ISSA Des Moines Board

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Monthly Meeting - April 22, 2019

Identity Intelligence

 

Presenter: Ryan Babbitt

Description:
To protect against breaches, many companies rely primarily on endpoint security measures like anti-malware, anti-phishing, data loss prevention, and/or network security measures. These solutions stop many simple threats and negligent or unintentionally insecure behaviors, but attackers are resourceful and persistent. Constant vigilance is still needed to detect, contain, and respond to malicious attackers and insider threats that thwart or circumvent security controls. For this, log management and security monitoring solutions have risen in popularity due to their capabilities for real-time monitoring, alerting, and investigation of application and system activity; however, they still require significant subject matter knowledge to be made efficient and correlate events between siloed application and system assets. In our presentation, we offer a fresh perspective on security intelligence that focuses on the human dimension -- on users, their business roles, and their access. We describe how existing IAM practices and tools, whether commercial or homegrown, can provide the missing context and rules needed to better identify at-risk, compromised, and malicious users and accounts and improve traceability and accountability of their activities.

Bio:

Ryan Babbitt is a Senior Solutions Architect with Zirous. He joined Zirous in 2012 after completing a M.S. in Computer Science at Iowa State. His time at Zirous has been spent leading and implementing high quality solutions in the IAM space, including Identity Governance, Access Management and MFA, and Privileged Access Management. His interests lately have also included security monitoring and SIEM technologies, particularly as they relate to IAM. He enjoys analyzing complex technical issues, learning new technologies, and is always up for a good discussion.

Where:

Holmes Murphy & Associates
2727 Grand Prairie Pkwy
Waukee, IA 50263

 

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Monthly ISSA Chapter Meeting

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