December 15, 2016

The National Capital Chapter has partnered with the SANS Institute again this year to offer exclusive access for its members to SANS@Night events at Cyber Defense Initiative 2017. The chapter meeting will take place at Washington Hilton on Friday, December 15, 2017.

Please note that the event is free but you must RSVP at least 24 hours before the event so we can have your badge ready for you. 

The chapter members and their guests will have access to the following events:

Vendor Solutions Expo 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Women's CONNECT Event Hosted by SANS COINS program
4:00pm - 9:15pm
Vendor Solutions Expo 5:30pm - 7:30pm
GIAC Program Presentation Scott Cassity 6:15pm - 7:15pm
ISSA-DC: Announcement of 2018 ISSA-DC Board Election results 7:00pm - 7:15pm
Actionable Detects: Blue Team Cyber Defense Tactics Seth Misenar 7:15pm - 8:15pm
The Three C's to Building a Mature Awareness Program Lance Spitzner 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Using an Open Source Threat Model for Prioritized Defense James Tarala 7:15pm - 8:15pm
The 14 Absolute Truths of Security Keith Palmgren 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Botnet Resiliency via Private Blockchains 
Master's Degree Presentation
Jonathan Sweeny
Master's Degree Candidate
7:15pm - 7:55pm
Securing Your Kids Lance Spitzner 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Control Things Platform Justin Searle 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Blockchain: the New Digital Swiss Army Knife? G. Mark Hardy 8:15pm - 9:15pm
An Interactive Look at Defeating Advanced Adversaries
and Implementing Kill Chain Controls
Stephen Sims 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Cloud Security Testing
Master's Degree Presentation
Edward Zamora
Master's Degree Candidate
8:15pm - 8:55pm


Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Non-members are welcome without charge! Light refreshments will be served.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Location Information

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave. NW
WashingtonDC  20009 US
Phone: 202-483-3000
Fax: 202-232-0438


 March 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM

The Battle for Cyberspace
by Samuel S. Visner


Samuel S. Visner, Director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center and Professor of cybersecurity policy, operations, and technology at Georgetown University, will speak on changes in the way in cyberspace is regarded by different countries, and the consequences of these changes for information security professionals. The talk will discuss the following topics:
• The forces shaping the future of cybersecurity
• Cybersecurity as an instrument of statecraft; the “sovereignty” of cyberspace
• Efforts by other countries to control and govern the cyberspace on which we depend.

The talk will include a high-level history of cyberspace, the rise of integrated computer networks, and the role cybersecurity plays in the international system, with particular attention given to the “new normal” in which hostile computer network exploitation and attack, coupled to “computer network influence,” have emerged as daily phenomena with which information security professionals and the C-Suite must deal.

About the Speaker
Samuel Sanders Visner is the Director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (MITRE), sponsored by the National Institute of Science and Technology (appointed October 30, 2017). Sam also serves as member of the Cyber and Domestic Security Councils of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, and the Cyber Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Sam is an adjunct professor of Science and Technology in International Affairs at Georgetown University, where he teaches a course on cybersecurity policy, operations, and technology. Sam is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, and an Intelligence Associate of the National Intelligence Council, and is a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board, sponsored by the National Academy of Science and serving the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Sam served previously as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cybersecurity and Resilience, ICF International. Prior to ICF, Sam served as Vice President and General Manager, CSC Global Cybersecurity, as a Senior Vice President at SAIC, and as Chief of Signals Intelligence Programs at the National Security Agency, from which he received the Agency's highest award for civilian service. Sam also served as a member of the Board of Directors, CVG/Avtec (2008- 2010). Sam holds a Bachelor's degree in International Politics from Georgetown University and a Master's degree in Telecommunications from George Washington University. Sam served twice on the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Task Force of the Defense Science Board, and has published articles on national and cybersecurity in World Politics Review, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and the Defense Intelligence Journal. Sam is married to Antoinette (Toni) Burnham, Washington DC's leading urban beekeeper.


Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Non-members are welcome without charge! Light refreshments will be served.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018 6:30 PM

Center for American Progress (CAP)
1333 H St. NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005

Click here for details.



 January 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Advanced Persistent Security
by Ira Winkler

This talk is will feature Ira's new book 
Advanced Persistent Security: A Cyberwarfare Approach to Implementing
Adaptive Enterprise Protection, Detection, and Reaction Strategies.
Make sure to bring your copy and have it signed by the author.   

There is a great deal of hype out there regarding Advanced Persistent Threats, sophisticated attackers, and otherwise unstoppable attackers. The reality is that just about all attackers can be stopped with the appropriate security programs in place. The problem is however that few security programs are designed in a way to be effective at stopping any committed attacker. Another problem is that there is a failing in security programs as to what they should actually do. In this presentation, Ira contends that security programs should be designed to stop attackers from getting out; not necessarily stopping them from getting in. This presentation will discuss how to create the appropriate mindset within your organization, and how to create a security program that stops even the most advanced adversaries.

About the Speaker
Ira Winkler, CISSP is President of Secure Mentem and author of Advanced Persistent Security. He is considered one of the world’s most influential security professionals, and has been named a “Modern Day James Bond” by the media. He did this by performing espionage simulations, where he physically and technically “broke into” some of the largest companies in the World and investigating crimes against them, and telling them how to cost effectively protect their information and computer infrastructure. He continues to perform these espionage simulations, as well as assisting organizations in developing cost effective security programs. Ira also won the Hall of Fame award from the Information Systems Security Association, as well as several other prestigious industry awards. Most recently, CSO Magazine named Ira a CSO Compass Award winner as The Awareness Crusader.

Ira is also author of the riveting, entertaining, and educational books, Advanced Persistent Security, Spies Among Us and Zen and the Art of Information Security. He is also a columnist for ComputerWorld, and writes for several other industry publications.

Mr. Winkler has been a keynote speaker at almost every major information security related event, on 6 continetnts, and has keynoted events in many diverse industries. He is frequently ranked among, if not the, top speakers at the events.

Mr. Winkler began his career at the National Security Agency, where he served as an Intelligence and Computer Systems Analyst. He moved onto support other US and overseas government military and intelligence agencies. After leaving government service, he went on to serve as President of the Internet Security Advisors Group, Chief Security Strategist at HP Consulting, and Director of Technology of the National Computer Security Association. He was also on the Graduate and Undergraduate faculties of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. Mr. Winkler was recently elected the International President of the Information Systems Security Association, which is a 10,000+ member professional association.

Mr. Winkler has also written the book Corporate Espionage, which has been described as the bible of the Information Security field, and the bestselling Through the Eyes of the Enemy. Both books address the threats that companies face protecting their information. He has also written hundreds of professional and trade articles. He has been featured and frequently appears on TV on every continent. He has also been featured in magazines and newspapers including Forbes, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Planet Internet, and Business 2.0.


Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Non-members are welcome without charge! Light refreshments will be served.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6:30 PM

Center for American Progress (CAP)
1333 H St. NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005

Click here for details.


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