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So, just another update, you know, the kind I said I would stop doing. Well, I guess I lied to everyone. I’m going to keep updating everyone, on details; if something new comes out in regards to the SANS SEC504 course.

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No surprise here. The colossal f-up is they should have handed it off to the "kids" instead of firing them.

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I am pleased to announce that I will be acting as a Mentor for the SANS SEC504 class ( Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling ), coming up in February 2016

What has me most excited, is the format of the class, and the whole Mentor program. The mentor program is great for students who prefer or are forced to study on their own, as opposed to sitting in a 5-day class. How the class format works, is students are responsible for studying the material, and the class meets once a week for a group session of studying, or answering questions.  I am available to students for over 10 weeks, to assist in studying, and answering questions.  I see this as a huge positive, as many of us in the industry are, we are self-learners, and we have taught ourselves to learn on our own. The SANS Mentor program, is a perfect example on learning on your own, and moving at a decently rapid pace.

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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.

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Great talk by Chris Nickerson
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