Welcome to ISSA KC

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. Through its membership, ISSA -Kansas City helps security professionals in the Kansas City area learn of information security issues and trends, which promote education, collaboration, and leadership, and further the information security profession.

August 2016 Chapter Meeting

Posted by Administrator Wednesday, August 10, 2016

 Please join ISSA chapter members and other security professionals at Brio Tuscan Grille, Kansas City, MO. You can view our monthly newsletter at www.kc.issa.org!

 
Topic: Internet of Things (IoT) – Home Edition
Topic Summary: The Internet of Things continues to permeate homes, providing for many conveniences and methods for controlling things you see and use on a daily basis, such as appliances, entertainment systems, and home security devices, among others. Some reports cite that connected IoT devices will outnumber smart phones as early as 2018, underlining the rate at which IoT devices are being connected. Though manufacturers are rushing home IoT products to market, touting the capabilities of their products, not all news has been positive. You’ve likely seen reports about connected devices such as baby monitoring systems being hacked and cameras used to spy on families. This presentation will explore some of the latest in home IoT products, news and trends. In addition, home automation standards (or lack thereof) will be discussed, and security and privacy concerns addressed.

Speaker/Bio: Jeff Hudgens, CISSP, CRISC, PMP, ITIL®

Jeff is the Director of Security Consulting at Integrity Technology Systems, where he provides a range of information security, risk, and compliance consulting services to clients across multiple industries, including banking, financial, health, retail, manufacturing, and communications. Prior to joining Integrity, he worked with a large consulting firm, providing contract support for U.S. Government clients and developing products related to military cyberspace operations, intelligence, training, and capabilities. He was also the contract manager for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cyberspace Training Initiative (CTI), focused on cyber workforce development; user awareness and training; and cyber exercises, modeling and simulations. In addition to the CTI efforts, he has held roles as a military cyberspace operations policy and plans analyst, IT requirements developer, and cybersecurity analyst.


Date:  Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

BRIO Tuscan Grille
Country Club Plaza, 502 Nichols Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112

Agenda:
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Greeting and registration
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Meeting & Presentation
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Questions, Answers & Networking

Menu:
TBD

Soft drinks, Iced Tea, Coffee

* *Vegetarian option available, please note at registration**.
* *Menu subject to change. **

Price: 
$20.00 for ISSA Members.
$30.00 for Guests/Non-Members.

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July 2016 Chapter Meeting

Posted by Administrator Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Please join ISSA chapter members and other security professionals at Rye Restaurant, Leawood, KS. You can view our monthly newsletter at www.kc.issa.org!

Topic: I have a SIEM, Now what do I do?

Topic Summary:
Whether it be compliance, management initiatives, or security maturity driven more and more companies are implementing SIEM technology. What we would like to discuss is what happens after a SIEM is in place and where it can assist any organization by increasing security posture, reducing time to discovery for security incidents, or simply increasing the power of a security analyst.
During this discussion we will go through some common benefits other than “filling the compliance checkbox” and give some great starting points "I have a SIEM, now what do I do with it!?" We will cover topics such as advanced correlation rules/searches, risk scoring, threat feeds, user behavior analytics and advanced use case development. Each of the topics comes with a riveting real world example of something we’ve seen at a client site.

Speaker/Bio:
Sean White is an Information Security researcher and practitioner who has been searching for small needles in large hay stacks for over 14 years. Initially entering the IT workforce in 1995 as a telecom NOC technician, System Administrator and webmaster (back when that was a thing), Sean has been intimately involved with operational aspects of "big iron" computing for a long time.
Officially getting a "security" job in 2003, Sean was most concerned with day to day operational aspects of running a large network while simultaneously perfecting "InfoSec perfect play" from a defensive standpoint, and this lead naturally to a job on the "SEM team" of a large telco in 2005. From that point forward, he has been focused on engineering and architecting an information security posture that is most suited to withstanding attack and otherwise "failing gracefully" for the largest of organizations.
In 2010 Sean exited the telecom vertical and entered banking, and in 2014, he finally "sold out" to working for a vendor, (Splunk). The operational lessons from his early career is what Sean brings to every client he touches as a Security Consultant. His non work interests include a passion for wargaming, game theory, raising his 9-year-old daughter, and the lives and mating habits of the sea otter.

Date:  Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 11:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Rye Restaurant
10551 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206
Agenda:
11:30-12:00 PM Greeting and registration
12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM - Meeting & Presentation
1:00 PM  -  1:30 PM - Questions, Answers & Networking

Menu:
Chief's chooice of Salad and lunch entree.
Vegetarian option available, please inquire upon registration for the event.

(Menu subject to change)

Price:
$20.00 for ISSA Members.
$30.00 for Guests/Non-Members.

Register Now!

June 2016 Chapter Meeting

Posted by Administrator Monday, June 13, 2016

Please join ISSA chapter members and other security professionals at Lidia's Restaurant, Kansas City - MO. You can view our monthly newsletter at www.kc.issa.org!

Topic:  Lessons Learned in Intelligence from an MSS

Topic Summary: Intelligence in information security is a hard game to play. In this breakout, we will cover some lessons learned at the MSS level, and how those can be translated to enterprise security operations.

 Speaker/Bio:  Danny Pickens  - Danny Pickens has over five years of experience within cyber security in the areas of intrusion detection, incident handling and management, and cyber threat analysis and fifteen years’ experience as an all-source intelligence analyst covering conventional, asymmetric, and counterterrorism intelligence analysis. Mr. Pickens is currently the Director of the Global Threat Intelligence Center at Optiv, managing a staff of Cyber Threat Intelligence analysts charged with conducting research and analysis to support Optiv’s Managed Security Services. Mr. Pickens also serves as a Brigade S-2 NCOIC in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Presentation Slides

Date:  Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 11:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Lidia's Restaurant
101 West 22nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Agenda:
11:30-12:00 PM Greeting and registration
12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM - Meeting & Presentation
1:00 PM  -  1:30 PM - Questions, Answers & Networking

Menu:
Pasta Tasting Trio - A sampling of three daily-made fresh and filled pastas.
Biscotti Platters - An assortment of house-made cookies & sweets to pass and share family style.

Vegetarian option available, please inquire upon registration for the event.

(Menu subject to change)

Price: 
$20.00 for ISSA Members.
$30.00 for Guests/Non-Members.

Register Now!

Thank you for your attention and response. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

May 2016 Chapter Meeting

Posted by Administrator Friday, May 13, 2016

Please join ISSA chapter members and other security professionals at Town Center's  Hereford House - Leawood.

Topic:  Thieves, Snoops and Idiots

Speaker:   Forrest Ratliff

Topic Summary: Thieves, snoops, and idiots exploit gaps in enterprise information security every day. PKWARE's Smartcrypt armors data, eliminating vulnerabilities everywhere data is used, shared or stored. Smartcrypt is easily embedded and managed without changing the way people work. Integrated across all enterprise systems, platforms and languages, Smartcrypt fortifies information security inside and outside the organization.

The topics of this presentation include:

  • State of Information Security
  • The Problem: Thieves, Snoops and Idiots
  • What happens if you don't take action
  • Smartcrypt Overview and Demo
  • How you can get started

Speaker/Bio:  Forrest Ratliff
Forrest Ratliff is a Sr. Sales Engineer with more than 8 years’ experience in the Information Security space. He has worked in concert with professionals in Banking and Finance, Healthcare, and Government to provide tailored solutions for industry wide compliance and risk management related issues. He lives in Burlington, WI and has been in the Information Technology field for over 30 years.

Date:  Thursday, May 26th, 2016 from 11:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Herdford House
5001 Town Center Dr, Leawood, KS 66211
Agenda:
11:30-12:00 PM Greeting and registration
12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM - Meeting & Presentation
1:00 PM  -  1:30 PM - Questions, Answers & Networking

Menu:
Choice of:
Choice of beef, salmon or chicken with salad, baked potato, and steamed vegetables.

(Menu subject to change)

Price:
$20.00 for ISSA Members.
$30.00 for Guests/Non-Members.

Register Now

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