Wednesday, November 30, 2016

SecureMiami 2016- Dec 10th @ FIU

If you're in the South Florida area, we have a new one day security event coming up down at the FIU main campus in Dade:  SecureMiami.

This event is being organized by DigitatEra, FIU, and the South Florida ISSA Chapter and sponsored by several vendors.

Its a 3 hour event starting at 2pm at FIU's Graham Center Balllroom (GC 140), located at 11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199.  Not sure about parking, but I assume will be in either the Blue or Gold parking lots near the Graham Center.

Tickets are FREE and can be obtained from the above website.

Following the event is BrewMiami at the FIU Stadium.  More info on that can be obtained from the SecureMiami event page.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ITPalooza 2016

If you're in the South Florida area, the 4th annual ITPalooza is coming up next week on Dec 8th, 2016.

This event, now sponsored by the South Florida Technology Alliance, is planned to be bigger then even and has moved to the Signature Grand.  Now an all day event of speakers and activities, there will be booth from vendors and user/professional groups and a job fair with a variety of recruiters and companies in attendance.

Full info is available at their website.  Tickets can be obtained there.  As always, you can get a free ticket if you bring 2 new unwrapped toys.

Friday, November 25, 2016

SANS Miami 2016

A couple of weeks ago I attended the SANS Miami 2016 conference.  While I have taken a few SANS courses, this was actually the largest SANS event I've been able to attend.  The previous events I was at were SANS Community events, one with only one course over several weeks, another was a week-long event with just 2 courses.  The rest I did on-line.

For the last few years SANS had been doing small events in our area, first in Ft Lauderdale before moving to Miami.  These events had about 5 courses.  The first few ones were mainly focused on forensics courses, which were not of interest to me.  This one had a more devise set of courses, and took one of their security management courses:  MGT514: IT Security Strategic Planning, Policy and Leadership.

Overall I thought this course was good.  For me, it was a mix of stuff I knew, stuff I had heard of but didn't know much about, and new stuff.  A lot of what I've learned has been learned on the job vs in a course, so I often have gaps in my knowledge, or I might not know the "proper" way of things.  So this kind of course helps me fill those gaps.

SANS already has SANS Miami 2017 on their calendar for next year, but haven't yet announced the 5 classes they will be offering.  Will see if I'm able to attend.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2016 ISSA International Conference

Well, a bit behind in this posting.

November 2-3, 2016, the Information System Security Association (ISSA) had their International Conference in Dallas, TX.  I was part of the Steering Committee and also attended the ISSA Chapter Leaders Summit held the day before.

Overall this was a great conference.  I had been to the previous 2 conferences (Chicago and Orlando), and this was an improvement over those.  We had more attendees and more sponsors then before.  We had a lot of great speakers and some great additions to the conference.

We had a "party in the skill" in the Reunion Tower connected to the Hyatt Regency where the conference was held at.  During the party, we had a Capture the Flag game going on.  They had a job fair (first time), with several recruiting companies.   There were 2 books given to participants and the authors were there to sign them: Becoming the Customer by Peter McLaughlin  and Managing Risk and Information Security 2nd ed by Malcolm Harkins (I have the 1st edition, so this was a welcome update).  And there was a special deal for training and testing for the CEH and C|CISO cert from EC-Council.

On a personal note, I was honored at the awards luncheon with ISSA Fellow status.

The next conference will be October 10-11, 2017 in San Diego.  I plan on being on the Steering Committee again, as I want to see certain things continued and other things improved.  Will see if I'm able to attend it.