Training in Advanced Network Defense Offered at Hacker Halted Academy – Hacking Conference and Training in Miami Florida, October 25-31, 2012

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Kevin Cardwell, US Navy veteran and former Leading Chief Information Security Officer for the Network Operation Center (NOC) and current consultant and advisor to government entities in the US and UK, will be teaching CAST 614: Advanced Network Defense in Miami, Florida in October 2012.

This 3-day comprehensive and face-paced course, taught by Kevin Cardwell, will teach attendees how to think like hackers and use this premise as the foundation to defend against future attacks. In a stark contrast to the defensive role many play against hacking, students will go on the offensive to execute the hack and perform penetration testing. This course provides the mental framework with which to create a robust and solid defense against hackers.

When asked about the course, Mr. Cardwell noted that, “the course will cover how to develop and secure a baseline and harden your enterprise architectures from the most advanced-style attacks.” He went on to say that this class is intended for firewall administrators, system architects, system or windows administrators, or “anyone else whose main responsibility is identifying security weaknesses in computer systems or networks.”

During his 22 years in the US Navy, Mr. Cardwell tested and evaluated surveillance and weapon system software on projects like the Multi-Sensor Torpedo Alertment Processor (MSTRAP), the Tactical Decision Support System (TDSS), among others. He also worked for the Department of Defense as a member of a project that brought internet access to ships at sea. This experience becomes even more poignant as he teaches students how to use Active Directory Rights Management Services (RMS) and the implementation of Read Only Domain Controllers that can be deployed at sites where maintaining physical security is impossible.

Those attending this class will also see how software-created certificates, which are configured to allow the export of the private keys, can be “jail broken” and compromised. They will then be shown countermeasures for this type of attack using hardware-based certificates with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip that protects against private key exploitation. The concept of leveraging the TMP hardware security chip to establish automatic authentication of authorized network devices will also be explored.

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About Kevin Cardwell
Kevin Cardwell is a veteran of the US Navy, has contracted with the DOD, and holds several advanced hacking certifications. He currently works as a free-lance consultant and provides consulting services for companies throughout the world, and as an advisor to numerous government entities within the US and UK . He is an Instructor, Technical Editor and Author for Computer Forensics, and Hacking courses. He is technical editor of the Learning Tree Course Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures and Computer Forensics. He is author of the Controlling Network Access course. He has presented at the Blackhat USA Conferences. He is a contributing author to the Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator V3 Study Guide and The Best Damn Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Book. He developed the Strategy and Training Development Plan for the first Government CERT in the country of Oman, he servers as a professional training consultant to the Oman Information Technology Authority, and is currently developing the team to man the first Commercial Security Operations Center in the country of Oman

About Hacker Halted
EC-Council’s flagship information security conference, Hacker Halted, aims to raise awareness toward increased education and ethics in information security. This information security conference series covers in-depth topics into the development of security issues plaguing the world. Hacker Halted features many world-renowned subject matter experts and high-level speakers, as well as some of the best technology companies showcasing their products and services. Hacker Halted provides the most sought after technical training and certification classes offered through Hacker Halted Academy by top training companies and led by well-respected instructors. Hacker Halted has grown; from a single annual conference in Miami to a global conference series with events held in Malaysia, Dubai, Egypt, Singapore, Mexico, and Japan since its inception in 2009.

About EC-Council
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and security skills. EC Council is the owner and developer of the world-famous E-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), License Penetration Tester (LPT) programs, and various others offered in over 60 countries around the globe. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the US Federal Government via the Montgomery GI Bill, and the US Government National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) certifying EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH), Network Security Administrator (ENSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP), Certified Security Analyst (E|CSA) and Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) program for meeting the 4011, 4012, 4013A, 4014, 4015 and 4016 training standards for information security professionals and most recently EC-Council has received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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