Security B-Sides Coming to LA in August

What is BSides?

Each BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening.

When: August 22 & 23, 2013

Getting users to understand phishing

How do you keep your users from opening dubious emails, and worse, clicking on links or even entering their credentials? I'm looking for ways to make the risks tangible, and to identify some easy criteria for deciding whether an email is valid or not.

ISACA LA on Cloud Security - Feb 12

ISACA LA's regular second Tuesday meeting (Feb 12 1013) will cover “IT Security and Cloud Computing“.

The meeting place is:

Monterey Hill Restaurant
3700 W. Ramona Blvd, Monterey Park, California 91754

right by the 10 and 710 Freeways

The speaker, Todd Barnum, has an interesting and varied background in information security, including a stint at KPMG, time at Warner Brothers and Amgen, and a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications and Computer Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Cyber Watch West has some online classes

I'm on the industry advisory board of CyberWatch West, and I'm always glad to promote their activities in the Southern California area

Here are a couple of online classes they are presenting. A more detailed description is available at

Digital Forensics - 5-Week Online Session
Fridays: January 18 - February 15 from 5 PM - 8 PM PST
Registration Available Now!

Ethical Hacking - 5-Week Online Session
Fridays: February 22- March 22 from 5 PM - 8 PM PST
Registration Available Now!

Los Angeles OWASP Meeting - Jan 23 2013

I will do something terribly lazy and just cut-and-paste from the OWASP Web site.

Next Meeting January 23, 7PM
At: Symantec Offices
900 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230

Speaker: Jim Manico from Whitehat Security

Abstract: Top Ten Web Defenses

SCALE 11x - All You Ever Wanted to Know About Linux

The Eleventh Annual Southern California Linux Expo will be held February 22-24, 2013 at the Hilton Los Angeles International Airport.

Some talks of interest to security folks include:

  • logstash - open source log processing and analytics
  • Securing PostgreSQL From External Attack
  • Hockeypuck (Open Source PGPKey Server)
  • Tunnel your way out of any network
  • The Secure Boot Journey (UEFI Secure Boot)
  • Linux as an IPv6 dual stack Firewall

NDSS coming up

The 20th Annual Network & Distributed System Security Symposium will be in San Diego February 24 - 27 2013.

An excellent academically oriented conference and well worth the reasonable cost. A combined effort of the Internet Society and USENIX.

See for more details and to register.

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