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.