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Class: Penetrations and Remediations – Update 1

Just a quick update, about the class I taught on Saturday.

It was completely nerve-wrenching; one of my biggest fears is public speaking. Not to mention the stress of everything else going on in my life, at this very second.

We had a great turnout at Denhac for the class.

While I do think the class run a little longer than it should have, people started dropping after about 3 to 4 hours in the class. We did have a few hiccups, that I honestly should have been prepared for, and also, I think if I had bothered to dig up all the information, I think I should have tried to prepare the class before-hand, so there would have been less delays, while teaching the class.

So, the awesome part is, though there were a few a hiccups, things did, overall, go very well; I am planning on teaching the class again. Also, with these known issues, it will better help me prepare for next time I teach the class. I also got some pointer from the very kind people, who helped me put on the class, The Software Freedom School.

All in all, it was a great learning experience for not only the students, but me as well.

I will post one more update related to the class, which will include details and the presentation.

UPDATE: Penetrations and Remediations Class

Just wanted to post a quick update. The class has been moved back a week, to July 18.

About the Class:
Location: Denhac 700 Kalamath Street
Date: 7/18
Time: 11am – 4pm

Class: Penetrations and Remediations

Source: Software Freedom School

I will be conducting a class for the Software Freedom School on July 11. The class will take place at Denhac. Here are the details about the class:

Class: Penetrations and Remediations

Date: July 11, 2015, 11AM – 4PM

Location: Denhac, 700 Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80204 [ Google Maps ]

See the post at SFS:

The past two years have been some of the craziest times in computer security. It is now common for major vulnerabilities to have a pretty name attached to them (thanks PR), vulnerabilities have been found in some of our (previously) most trusted protocols (SSL), and huge vulnerabilities are occurring each day.

Mike has been working primarily on the “blue-team” side of things, that is, the defense side. A lot of times we don’t see the same thing that the “red-team” sees when they are attacking our servers, and a lot of the time, we don’t know the real impact that some of the vulnerabilities have on the systems we have been trusted to defend.

Mike is going to provide a blue-teamers view, on red-team attacks, using recent vulnerabilities.  We want the defense, to see the same stuff that the attackers see. Then, we will take steps in securing systems, to be safe, or minimize the effect of attacks that are coming in.

Mike  will provide a DVD with some images of vulnerable machines, and VirtualBox that will allow you to run these vulnerable machines, and play with them, so you can see the effects, first hand.

About the teacher:
Mike Harris is passionate about Security, Free Software, and Educating our community.

He is certified as a CISSP, GCIH, GISP, CCNA-Security, CCNA, RHCT, and RHCSA. Mike has additional technical certifications which include Digital Forensics Examiner, Network Protocol Analyst, Project+, Linux+, and A+. He will soon graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Security.

Mike has built a CSIRT from the ground-up, including a secure infrastructure using Linux systems (Red Hat and Ubuntu). Mike has extensive knowledge as a Technology Security Auditor conducting assessments, measuring vulnerabilities, security posture on internal and external networks, and account activities for insider threats and abuse.

He is one of the founders and a former board member of TinkerMill, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the knowledge of our kids, adults, businesses, and municipalities in the use of high tech with the incorporation of creativity and art. He is also a Red Team Member of the Rocky Mountain Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.