A Slice of Blue Team

Date: 2019-10-04
Time: 19:00 – 20:25
Location: Room J102, Sheridan Trafalgar Campus, Oakville
19:00 – Announcements with Louai
19:05 – News Roundup with Nick and Adam
19:25 – Rick’s Random Repo Rundown
19:35 – Feature Story with Adam and Louai
19:55 – Guest Speaker Matthew Siuda on Introduction to Blue Teaming
20:25 – Wrap and refreshments (across the street at the pub)

As the title implies, defense or “Blue Teaming” will be the focus of our talks. While the news often talks about X being hacked or Y having a data breach, the defense perspective often goes unnoticed to the scope of media as the main meat of the story goes to the actual attack.

A blue team is a defensive organizational unit that focuses on maintaining and verifying security controls, as well as investigating security events. Next week, we will dive into the deep-blue where our host Matthew Siuda will go over the challenges, misconceptions, and benefits of being a blue teamer.

Matthew Siuda (@suedeSecurity) is a Security Analyst at Teranet. Teranet is a 25+ year old data organization that manages the Electronic-Land-Registration-System (ELRS) for the Government of Ontario. Drawing from his experiences, he will walk you through his daily life as a blue teamer where he comes face to face with corporate politics and emerging technologies in a rapidly evolving industry.

I hope to see you all there next week!

Meeting on September 20th

Before I begin, I want to welcome this year’s new batch of students to the Information Security System program. We are both a club and community that gathers together to discuss security news and topics of interest related to the cybersecurity industry. We commonly meet in J102 (the big building beside SCAET) near the bus terminals.

Over the past year we’ve migrated our community to Discord where you can talk to alumni and fellow students. Additionally, we encourage you to sign up to our mailing list and come out to our talks that will be occurring over the course of your time at Sheridan. As much as I would like to keep talking about us let’s get to the topic at hand; our next meeting is on September 20th, 2019. Our rough agenda is as follows:

  • Date: 2019-09-20
  • Time: 19:00 – 20:45
  • Location: Room J102, Sheridan Trafalgar Campus, Oakville
  • Agenda
  • 19:00 – Announcements with Louai
  • 19:05 – News Roundup with Nick and Adam
  • 19:25 – Github Repo of the Month with Nick
  • 19:30 – Project Den: Obfuscake with Sean Berwick
  • 20:00 – Guest Speaker John Simpson on The Wonderful World of Information Security
  • 20:45 – Wrap and refreshments (across the street at the pub)

For everyone that has been following this site over the summer, this is a reminder that these events will be run biweekly throughout the year rather than once a month. So don’t forget!

Compared to previous years we are adding some new sections into our lineup such as the Github repo presented by our program coordinator Nick!

Additionally, we will be allocating time to you our fellow students to demonstrate or discuss personal projects and tools you have found interesting or developed in our new segment: “Project Den”. Sean Berwick, is a recent graduate of the “Systems Technician: Software Engineering” program, will be our first ever feature for Project Den next week. Sean has developed a tool called Obfuscake that generates background noise on a target host in an effort to make legitimate data generated by active users to mine, categorize, and use. Whether it’s an organization mining your data or an adversary collecting your keystrokes, the assurance of privacy in our modern world is rapidly disappearing. 

Lastly, we’ll be wrapping up that evening with our guest speaker, John Simpson, a consultant at Trend Micro and fellow co-host at ISSessions. John will be talking about the information security industry as well as provide tips and tricks for students to effectively navigate the ISS program.

To our first years and alumni, we hope to see you at our first meeting of the 2019-2020 school year!

Meeting on August 16th

Summer is coming to a close and school is literally around the corner. Staying hydrated is important as we prepare ourselves for early mornings and late nights yet again. Our next ISS Sessions meeting will be this Friday August 16th, 2019 from 7-8:45 in J102 at the Trafalgar Campus. Our rough agenda is as follows:

Date: 2019-08-16
Time: 19:00 – 20:40
Location: Room J102, Sheridan Trafalgar Campus, Oakville
19:00 – Announcements with Louai
19:05 – University of Guelph MCTI Info Session
19:25 – News Roundup with Nick and Adam
19:40 – Github Repo of the Month with Nick
19:45 – Feature Story with Adam and Louai
20:05 – Guest Speaker Alana Staszczyszy
20:40 – Wrap and Refreshments (across the street at the pub)

I’m a bit late on this post but things have been picking up work wise.

Our guest speaker for this Friday is a penetration tester, almost Sheridan graduate, and international speaker. Alana Staszczyszy will be going over why security’s biggest buzzword – the all-touted “distribution of truth” – is something the security industry should pay great attention to. The foundations of cryptography that are perceived to be so indestructible are, in fact, malleable to the current world political and economic stature. It will a great talk full of intriguing perspectives.

Furthermore, University of Guelph will introduce our their new Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence (MCTI) program after our initial meeting announcements.

There will be lots of new information being talked about this meeting that even I don’t know about. I hope to see you all Friday evening!