May 27, 2021

Free monthly cybersecurity seminar

Hi fellow cyber nerds!

I’m a CISSP with a background working as the sole security guy at a mid-sized MSP for a few years, and now I’ve been working for a large government contractor in network security for about a year. I live in a mid-sized town north of Seattle and there’s a group here focused on technology. It’s called Technology Alliance Group of the NW ([]( Under their auspices, about 18 months ago, I started a monthly meetup along with another cyber security guy who has a longer and different background. We’ve been meeting monthly since then. The first two were in person, then we took a month off to let that Covid thing blow over, and then we decided (like the rest of the world) to go virtual, and that’s what we’ve been doing ever since.

We recently decided to open it up to folks online, and so I’m inviting you, my bestest cybersecurity friends, to come and join in. The events are the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm US Pacific time, and they generally last 90 minutes or so. The centerpiece is usually a presentation (20-40 minutes) of some kind (see topic list below), but we also have time to talk about important cybersecurity news and some time for just chit-chat, although if this community gives us the hug of death we might have to re-think how we run it. We value networking though, so we will probably have some way to just meet others even if we end up with a whole lot of attendees.

Please note that this is free, and will remain free. It’s just an effort to help each other learn and to network.

Topics to date:

1. Security at a small government network
2. Best practices for cyber security training programs
3. [None-COVID]
4. Zero Trust Architecture
5. Software development security
6. Threat hunting and browser security
7. Containers & Container Security
8. Life on the Red Team
9. Cloud Security
10. Medical device security
11. Passwords & Hashing
12. Ransomware: Attack & Recovery
13. Lightning Talks presentations on Security Tools
14. Governance practices for organizational security
15. Security at a power utility
16. Power Grid & Cyber Risk
17. Sandworm book report
18. Canaries for compromise detection

We organize it all via this []( [](

-Dave Hirsch

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