SFISSA’s 2018 Hack the Flag and Chili Cookoff

The South Florida ISSA Chapter is again held our annual Hack the Flag/Chili Cookoff in October of 2018. For the third year we were hosted at FIU's Graham Center on their main campus.As always, we had 2 games, a beginner and an advanced. We had a lockpick village. We had ... Read More
2018 ISSA International Conference

2018 ISSA International Conference

This past week I attended the 2018 ISSA International Conference in Atlanta. I've attended the last 4 conferences (San Diego, Austin, Chicago, Orlando). There were good and bad points about this year's conference. I'm not sure where the 2019 conference will be, but hope I can attend it as well.The ... Read More
Security Maturity Models (Part 1 of 2)

Security Maturity Models (Part 1 of 2)

At the 2018 BSides Miami conference I spoke on the topic of "Security Maturity Models". In part, due to technical problems with the presentation, am presenting a lot of what I spoke on there. This is a topic I continue to research and gather information on, so I may do ... Read More
Report on BSides Miami 2018

Report on BSides Miami 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018 we had our first Security BSides conference in the South Florida area: BSides Miami. Hosted at i2 Labs on Biscayne Bay, we had two tracks of speakers, several panels, and about 80+ participants.I spoke at the conference on the topic of Security Maturity Models. Interestingly, the ... Read More

NIST releases v1.1 of the Cybersecurity Framework

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Hopefully by this point most are aware that NIST released after much work the updated version of the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), now version 1.1. This had been worked on over the last 2 years, was the topic of 2 workshops at NIST headquarters and produced 2 drafts.It added one categories ... Read More

Report on HackMiamiCon6

HackMiami held its 6th Conference in 2018. And this year we had another new location, tho it wasn't the organizers fault. :) The previous location suffered a fire, so this year they moved to Seacoast Suites. This limited them a bit, as the rooms were not as spacious as with ... Read More
Report on BSides Orlando 2018

Report on BSides Orlando 2018

Security BSides Orlando was back in 2018, the 6th year. There were some issues this year. They have been tied, scheduling-wise, to SANS in Orlando, but this year they had a weird schedule of April 3-10, which is Tuesday thru Tuesday, rather Sunday-Saturday like schedule. So they went with April ... Read More

Critical Security Controls v7 RELEASED

I have previously posted on the Critical Security Controls, which many still incorrectly called the "SANS Top 20" and the like, tho SANS hasn't been managing them for some time. The current org that manages them is the Center for Internet Security, which has overseen them since around 2015. They ... Read More

March Updates on Frameworks & Standards

Last month I posted some information on several information security framework/standards being updated and sense then there have been updated on all of them. So here we go:NIST CSF v1.1. The second draft was released at the end of 2017, and we just wrapped up the comment period on this ... Read More
Report on BSides Tampa 2018

Report on BSides Tampa 2018

On Saturday, February 17th, I was in Tampa for the 5th Security BSides Tampa Conference. This was my third time attending, and my third time speaking. I spoke on the topic of the new "SOC for Cybersecurity" report. I'll do a separate posting on this report, giving resources.This conference had ... Read More
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