ISSA Mid-Atlantic Information Security Conference – 9/1

Join ISM at the 2015 ISSA Mid-Atlantic Information Security Conference on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

Preparing for the Adversary
September 1, 2015    |    NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, Md.

The Mid-Atlantic ISSA chapters are excited to announce the Mid-Atlantic Information Security Conference, located onsite at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) facility in Gaithersburg, MD, on September 1, 2015. With a keynote address from Dr. Ron Ross, the conference will feature a variety of presentations and cutting-edge training opportunities, including hands-on demonstrations and workshops.


Why You Should Attend:

  • Hear experts in the information security field discuss some of the latest topics in tactics and techniques.
  • Attend workshops to get hands on experience with the latest tools and exploits.
  • Earn up to 7 CPE hours.
  • Enter the Capture the Flag event for prizes.


For questions related to the event, please contact Scott Binder at


Pittsburgh Chapter of ISSA September Meeting – 9/1

Come network and earn CPE credits at the next ISSA Pittsburgh Chapter meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.  ISM will be in attendance along with two of our partners, Exabeam and CyberArk, who will be presenting on topics including how to leverage User Behavior Analytics for detecting threats and understanding the impact of privileged accounts and credentials as the primary attack vector.

September Meeting

The new season begins on Tuesday September 1st. We will have 2 presenters for our lunch meetings this season. Registration is at 10:30 am and the first presentation starts at 11:00 am.

The first presentation Greg Parda, from Exabeam, will present ‘User Behavior Intelligence Fundamentals: Behaviors, Characteristics, and Facts. The presentation should give the attendees insight into User Behavior Analytics, what it is, how UBA could have helped in some of our recent breaches as well as the value of UBA to the enterprise security team.

We’ll take a break around noon to grab some lunch then a Mark Nafe, Sales Engineer for CyberArk, will speak on ‘Targeted Attacks and the Privileged Pivot’. Analysis of the latest attacks on large enterprises has determined that one of the most common patterns is the commandeering of privileged accounts to gain access to an intended target, then escalating privileges to move laterally throughout the network to higher value targets. This presentation will examine primary attack vectors, such as privileged accounts and credentials, and provide insight into the code that is launched, including snippets that enable access to more devices (lateral movement).  The session will explain common weaknesses in enterprise security defenses and provide advice for remediating and closing these vulnerabilities. The discussion will put recent breaches in context of broader cyber-attack patterns, and provide lessons learned based on attackers’ typical timeline of activities.

After the second presenter there will be a drawing for $50 AMEX gift card. The winner must be present to claim the prize or we will redraw.

There will be 2 CPE given to attendees of the lunch meetings.

Registration will begin at 10:30 am, first presentation starts at 11:00 am.

Meeting location: The Gulf Tower; Gulf Theater. 707 Grant Street on the 3rd floor.

Cost: $10 for members of AITP, ARMA, InfraGard, ISACA, ISC2, ISSA, OWASP, Steel City InfoSec and TRCPA with advance registration
$15 for non-members with advance registration
$5 for students with advance registration

To register in advance for this meeting contact Mike Sotace at or phone (412) 995-7342.

Deadline for advance registration is Friday August 28th, there is an extra $5.00 charge for registration after this date.


Washington DC Tech-Security Conference – 9/3

Join ISM at the Washington DC Tech-Security Conference on September 3, 2015.  Click below for a free VIP pass to the event.

**2015 Washington DC Tech-Security Conference**

Place:  Doubletree Silver Spring 

8727 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Date:        Thursday, September 3rd, 2015


 (a short walk from the Silver Spring metro stop on the Red Line)

Click on the following link to register for your free VIP pass:


  • VIP passes include Breakfast, Lunch, Conference materials and Entrance into conference sessions and exhibit areas.
  • This conference qualifies for CPE credits and Certificates of Attendance.
  • Gift Cards, iPads, Kindles and many other door prizes and give aways.
  • Featuring (11) IT Security speakers and over 30 exhibits!!


For full conference agenda click on:

Or call Stephanie Lange at 636-778-9495 for more information.

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