ISSA-LA Seventh Annual Information Security Summit on Cybercrime Solutions Offers Four Training Programs

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Secure Coding Boot Camp, Information Security Boot Camp for IT Professionals, Build Your Own Cyber Range, and Investigating Social Networking Sites/Darknet Investigations are Training Programs Designed for IT and Information Security Professionals

The Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA-LA) will hold four training programs at its Seventh Annual Information Security Summit on June 4 – 5, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Summit theme, The Growing Cyber Threat: Protect Your Business, reflects the reality that cybercrime impacts the financial health of all our organizations: businesses, government agencies, healthcare, schools, nonprofits, and others. The Summit will highlight emerging solutions to the challenges of cybercrime.

“We have made it a priority to not only inform our attendees, but also to provide practical training sessions that participants can use when they return to work,” said ISSA-LA President Dr. Stan Stahl. “The Summit is about engagement and sharing information and about cost-effective solutions to the cybersecurity challenges professionals face each day. Our solution-focused Summit reflects ISSA-LA’s guiding principle that ‘It takes the village to secure the village’ SM.”

The four training sessions are held on Friday, June 5, and they are the Secure Coding Boot Camp, Information Security Boot Camp for IT Professionals, Build Your Own Cyber Range, and Investigating Social Networking Sites/Darknet Investigations.

“ISSA continues to be committed to bringing top speakers to our Summits who are recognized leaders in their fields,” said Richard Greenberg, Summit Co-Chair and ISSA-LA VP. “As a not-for-profit, ISSA-LA can offer these all day training classes at a fraction of the cost you would most likely see outside of the Summit.”

Secure Coding Boot Camp is a highly intensive and interactive course that provides essential application security training for web application, web service and mobile software developers and architects. Participants will learn how to code secure web solutions via defense-based code samples. The instructor is Jim Manico, founder of Manicode Security. He trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He has a 20 year history building software as a developer and architect. Mr. Manico is a frequent speaker and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. He is a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation where he helps drive the strategic vision for the organization. He is the author of "Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications."

The Information Security Management Boot Camp for IT Professionals is designed for both in-house IT staff and IT vendors. This training session combines practical advice with sound security management insight. The Instructors are Edward Pagett, Principal at Security Advisory Services and an ISSA-LA Advisory Board Member, and Mikhael Felker, author and Director of Information Security at a growing venture in Santa Monica.

Mr. Pagett is a recognized information security and risk management executive with more than 20 years of experience. He is the former Chief Security Officer of Black Knight Financial Services (BKFS), formerly Lender Processing Services. He served as the Corporate Information Security Officer of the First American Corporation and as Practice Director for several information security and technology consultancies providing services to Fortune 500 organizations. He earned his Bachelor’s in Information and Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine.

Mikhael Felker is the Director of Information Security at a growing venture in Santa Monica. During the past ten years his sector experience includes defense, healthcare, nonprofit/education and Internet organization, seeing firsthand the variance in information security culture and program maturity. Mikhael received his MS in Information Security Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and BS in Computer Science from UCLA. His written work of 50+ publications has been featured in Forbes, ACM, IEEE Security & Privacy, ISACA Journal, ISSA Journal, case studies, and a number of online magazines.

Build Your Own Cyber Range is a one-day course that will outline the process and steps to create one's own layered network architecture and build one's own range that can be used for practicing defensive techniques and offensive skills. This day-long training is divided into three Sessions: Proven Defense Measures, Creating an External Attack Architecture, and Building a Complete Cyber Range and a Capture the Flag (CTF) Architecture.

The instructor is Kevin Cardwell, Lead Consultant for Cardwell Engineering Solutions International (CESI). His expertise is in finding weaknesses and determining ways clients can mitigate or limit the impact of these weaknesses. Mr. Cardwell spent 22 years in the U.S. Navy and has worked as both software and systems engineer on a variety of Department of Defense projects. He currently works as a freelance consultant and provides services to companies throughout the world, including numerous government entities within the US, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the UK. He holds a BS in Computer Science from National University in California and a MS in Software Engineering from the Southern Methodist University in Texas.

Investigating Social Networking Sites is a fast-paced look at social media investigative tools. Geared for beginner to intermediate-level users, this innovative course includes tools for efficiency, operations security, alternate search engines, evaluating social media websites, microblogs and tools for handling digital images. Follow along with the practical exercises to learn and hone your investigative skills. Darknet Investigations introduces and explores the private networks of peer-to-peer connections that make up the non-commercial and underground sites of the Internet.

Kirby Plessas is president and CEO of Plessas Experts Network, Inc., a consultant group based in Herndon, Virginia. She is an Open Source Intelligence Expert and Army veteran trained as an Arabic linguist. Ms. Plessas worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency for Radiance Technologies in Military Geography and Urban Analysis. She has been declared the Department of Homeland Security Technical Expert for Internet Research. She has authored white papers on technical Internet tools as well as a book on Internet research for government use. Ms. Plessas consults and speaks to federal, state and local intelligence, law enforcement, government and corporate entities about using open source research and social media for their unique needs.

The ISSA-LA Summit is the only educational forum in Los Angeles specifically designed to encourage participation and interaction in finding solutions to cybercrime. The Summit is part of ISSA-LA’s important community outreach program. The goal of the program is to help the community stay safe from cybercrime by enabling the necessary collaboration between business, nonprofit and community leaders, technical IT professionals, law enforcement and the information security community.

Registration is open to anyone interested in learning more about information: business professionals in law, healthcare, accounting, insurance and banking; technical IT personnel; law enforcement professionals fighting cybercrime; faculty and students in college and university cybersecurity programs; and information security practitioners.

For more information on the Seventh Annual Information Security Summit and to register visit http://summit.issala.org. There is a special promotional package that includes admission to both the Summit on June 4th and the one-day training programs on June 5.

About ISSA-LA
The Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA-LA) is the premier catalyst and information source in Los Angeles for improving the practice of information security. The Chapter provides educational programs for information security and IT professionals. The Chapter also conducts outreach programs to businesses, financial institutions, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and consumers. ISSA-LA is the founding Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, an international not-for-profit organization of information security professionals and practitioners. Please follow the Chapter on Twitter at @ISSALA as well as LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook.

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