ShowMeCon Brings True Hands-On Training to the Classroom Via Pre-Conference Classes

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“ShowMeCon’s pre-conference classes provide students with useful training needed for the real-world threats they face on a daily basis,” said Dave Chronister, Co-founder, Hacker University.

ShowMeCon, St. Louis’ only premier hacking and information security conference is featuring pre-conference training brought to you by its co-host, Hacker University— a recognized leader and influencer in information security training. Hacker University offers technical courses including its very own Hands-On Hacking, as well as Social Engineering & Penetration Testing and Secure Routing and Switching.

“ShowMeCon’s pre-conference classes provide students with useful training needed for the real-world threats they face on a daily basis,” said Dave Chronister, Co-founder, Hacker University.

Hands-On Hacking will be held on June 9th - 12th, 2016, from 9 a.m.— 5 p.m. This 4-day class is designed for those who have been tasked with testing their company networks in order to better understand and defend those networks. Students will learn the fundamentals of testing their IT environments via hands-on hacking labs that simulate various security issues faced by today’s organizations. At the end of each day, attendees will participate in a Capture the Flag which will re-enforce what they have learned. By the end of the course, students will have the skills to create a robust testing program for their organization. Award-winning instructor and world-renown hacker, Dave Chronister, will be teaching this class which he created.

Secure Routing & Switching will be held on June 11th - 12th, 2016, from 8 a.m.—6 p.m. In this intense 2-day class, students will learn the fundamentals of routing and switching from a blue and red team perspective. Using hands-on labs, students will receive practical experience with routing and switching technologies with a detailed discussion on how to attack and defend the network infrastructure. Students will leave the class with a solid understanding of how to configure and operate routing and switching protocols as well as how to attack and defend the control, management and data planes in their organization’s networks. World-renown instructor and network engineer, Paul Coggin, will be teaching this course which he also developed.

Introduction to Social Engineering & Penetration Testing will be held June 11th - 12th, 2016, from 9 a.m.—5 p.m. This is also a 2-day course designed to provide students with an overview of social engineering and its application to penetration testing. Initially, the basics of social engineering and why it works will be explored. Then, the class will dive into non-traditional topics such as spycraft, acting, pressure sales and the psychology behind them. Next, building upon that knowledge, the class will create social engineering attacks, including steps of the process from planning to post-attack, real-world examples of phishing and phone exercises. Lastly, the course will focus on physical and social engineering attacks. Industry-recognized social engineer and security expert, Valerie Thomas, will teach this training class in which she created.

ShowMeCon will be held at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. For more information on these courses, course outlines and prerequisites, please visit the website at You can also find additional information on the conference and sponsorships at the website.

About ShowMeCon
This highly technical forum showcases eye-opening presentations from world-renown ethical hackers and security experts that will leave you amazed and frightened at the same time. By giving you access into the mind of a hacker, you will better understand how to protect your networks and critical data. ShowMeCon pulls back the curtain and exposes how hackers are winning the war on physical and cyber security. Whether you’re a large corporation or a small business, you should attend this mind-blowing event as you witness the cream of the crop unveil the latest attacks, techniques, tactics and practices of today’s hackers. Plus, gain insight and understanding into ways to effectively protect yourself and your business.

About Parameter Security & Hacker University
Hosting and sponsoring ShowMeCon is St. Louis-based, ethical hacking firm Parameter Security™ and its training counterpart Hacker University™. Parameter Security is comprised of Certified Ethical Hackers who emulate the minds and behaviors of malicious hackers to test the security of your systems and employees. Parameter Security offers IT compliance audits, penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, social engineering, wireless security audits, secure code reviews, computer forensics and more. Parameter Security’s subsidiary, Hacker University, offers a variety of courses from end-user security awareness training to IT security professional certifications such as Hands-On Hacking, Security+, CISSP and more. For more information about Parameter Security and/or Hacker University visit

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