June 8-9, 2017

Speaker Feature: Derek Banks & Troy Wojewoda

Derek Banks

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Derek Banks is a Security Analyst for Black Hills Information Security and has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry starting as a systems administrator for multiple operating system platforms, moving on to monitoring and defending enterprise systems from potential intruders and performing vulnerability analysis and now as a penetration tester. He has worked in the aerospace, defense, banking, manufacturing, and software development industries.

Troy Wojewoda


Troy has been in the IT and Infosec industry for over 10 years working in a wide array of roles such as application and system administration, network intrusion detection, wireless security, host and network digital forensics and incident response. Today, he leads the incident response team at his current employment and is also focused on cyber intel processing, IOC hunting, advanced adversary tracking, malware analysis and custom tool development. When Troy is not cybering the things, he enjoys being in the outdoors, taking things apart, home brewing and spending time with his wife and children. Troy currently holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Christopher Newport University and has multiple certifications, including: GSEC, GCIA, GCIH, GAWN, GREM, GCFA, GNFA, CISSP

Poor Man’s Spy vs. Spy – Analysis of Red Team Attack Techniques by Blue Team Forensicators

How advanced are the cyber attack techniques that are all over the news these days? Could you detect a determined attacker that gains a foothold in your network with open source host and network based monitoring tools? This talk will walk through an attack modeled after real world attacker techniques and show how you can detect and respond using custom and open source resources.

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Speaker Feature: Barry Kouns

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Barry Kouns is CEO and principal consultant for Information Security Program services at Risk Based Security, Inc., an information security, threat intelligence, and risk management consultancy. Barry’s experience includes information security consulting, risk assessment and quality management. Barry has provided training, procedure development and pre-certification consulting services resulting in the successful ISO/IEC 27001 certification of more than three dozen organizations.
He has earned a B.S. in Statistics from Virginia Tech and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering Management from North Dakota State University. He has earned the CISSP designation, is a trained ISO /IEC 27001:2013 Auditor & ISMS Implementer, and is ITIL Foundation Certified.
Barry was a Captain in the United States Air Force and served as a B-52H Navigator/Bombardier.

Can Game Theory Save Us from Cyber Armageddon?

What can the movies “War Games” and Doctor Strangelove” teach us about avoiding a cyber Armageddon? The Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) doctrine, first introduced in the 1960s, is largely attributed with preventing any full-scale conflicts between the United States and the Soviet Union. MAD was part of U.S. strategic doctrine which believed that nuclear war could best be prevented if neither side could defend itself against the other’s missiles. Although not talked about very much today, the ghost of MAD and the lessons it teaches remain even if people would rather not think about it. Join this interactive session as we explore the parallels and learn the lessons of the MAD doctrine as it applies to cyber warfare today. It’s the same thing that the computer Joshua learned, the only way to win in cyber warfare is not to play.

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Speaker Feature: Roman Bohuk & Jake Smith

Roman Bohuk

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Roman Bohuk is an about-to-graduate senior at Deep Run High School. He has been a part of the Center for Information Technology at his school where he was introduced to both theoretical and applied computer science, some cybersecurity topics, and project management. In the past, Roman was fortunate to meet a few industry professionals, which enabled him to participate in several security and programming conferences and contests. Roman’s experiences and observations prompted him to look for ways to help other students with fewer opportunities to explore the computer science field. Together with Jake, Roman is a co-creator of MetaCTF, a small organization that has hosted CTF contests at schools, universities, and security contests for over 3 years.

Jake Smith 

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Jake Smith has just finished up his senior year at Deep Run High School as part of the Center for Information Technology (CIT) program. Over the last four years through competing in competitions such as CyberPatriot and various CTFs, Jake discovered his passion – cybersecurity – which he plans to pursue in college. He is also the co-creator of MetaCTF, a cybersecurity capture-the-flag competition designed to help middle and high school students learn and practice their “hacking” skills all while in a safe, open environment.


Think of the Children: Preparing the Next Generation of Security Specialists

Undoubtedly, cybersecurity is one of the hottest topics in today’s industry. For example, a Cisco report from a few years ago estimates there to be over 1 million unfilled cybersecurity positions worldwide. But how are we preparing people to fill this critical job gap? What kinds of skills should be taught and do current programs do a good job of preparing students? How do you teach “the security mindset”?
This talk will discuss a few issues (and solutions!) as seen by high school students who are interested in the cybersecurity field. How can industry professionals and organizations help train the people capable of securing their businesses? Join this session to learn some of the ways you or your company could get involved.

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Speaker Feature: Grayson Walters


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Grayson Walters has over 20 years of Information Technology and Information Security experience. Currently, he serves as the Information Security Officer for the Virginia Department of Taxation. Previously, Grayson served as the Information Security Officer for the Virginia State Corporation Commission. His prior positions include leading the security engineering branch of a Richmond based IT consulting firm where he oversaw penetration testing, security policy development and security product implementation activities for dozens of clients. Grayson also served as the Lead Network Architect for Standing Joint Force Headquarters – Homeland Security after his enlistment in the US Navy.
Grayson currently serves on the Commonwealth Information Security Council, and recently served on committees sponsored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Homeland Security.
Grayson holds an M.S. in Computer and Information Systems Security from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems Security from Strayer University.

Building a pentest program on a shoestring budget

You don’t have $85,000 laying around to bring in an external pentest vendor. Even if you did, you’re afraid your program is so full of holes you will be overwhelmed by the findings. Even worse, if they do a bad job and fail to get in, it will reinforce the organization’s false sense of security. What are your options; do nothing, continue worrying about the specter looming in the darkness? No, you pull together a rag tag group of spunky upstarts and get the job done yourself. No budget, no problem. In this talk, we’ll cover options that can fit into your standard operations, without having to beg for budget. Even if you are privileged with a strong budget, scheduled external pentests, and ongoing security operations, you can pick up some tips on how to integrate self-tests to validate the controls you implemented in your remediation process.

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Speaker Feature: Jeremy Dorrough



Jeremy has built his career around protecting assets in the most critical IT sectors. He started his career working in a Network Operations Security Center for the US Army. He then went on to work as a Network Security Engineer defending Dominion’s North Anna Nuclear Power Station. He also spent a couple years as a Senior Network Security Engineer/Architect at Genworth Financial. Currently Jeremy works as an Advanced Solutions Architect for Comm Solutions Company focusing on named accounts in the Central VA area. He has presented at DefCon, UNC, JMU, ECPI, FBI Infragard and holds or has held CISSP, CISM, CEH, GIAC GPPA, CCSK, CCNA. Jeremy has spent over 10 years researching and implementing new ways to defend against the latest attacks. He is happily married and a father to two soon to be hackers.

Zero Trust “Lite” Architecture to Securely Future-Proof Your Network

The traditional 3-tier data center architecture model continues to challenge security professionals who are tasked with embracing a highly mobile workforce. I and many others were taught years ago that we must design an onion like perimeter that has a trusted user base and critical data living inside a well-protected perimeter. Forrester turned this model on its head when they coined the term “Zero Trust” in a report published in 2010. I prefer not to speak in absolutes, so I’ll proposed an alternate, more flexible approach to implementing the Zero Trust methodology. Instead of eating the elephant, I’ll show how implementing bite sized portions of the Zero Trust model will help future proof your organization against challenges such as BYOD, SaaS offerings, Cloud hosted resources, mobile workers, and the ever increasing compliance requirements on segmentation.

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Speaker Feature: Jason Ross


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Jason Ross is a Senior Consultant with NCC Group – a global information assurance specialist providing organizations with expert security consulting services. Working primarily from Rochester, NY, he has developed and delivered training tools and programs on topics such as advanced mobile penetration testing, android forensics techniques, and enterprise-level malware analysis.
Jason has spoken at many regional conferences across the United States, as well as major security conferences including Blackhat DC, BSides Las Vegas, DerbyCon, and DEF CON Skytalks.

DevOpSec – Killing the Buzz

The DevOps movement continues to grow, and it is beginning to move out of small startups into large enterprises. DevOps and Agile development bring a lot to the table, but are often viewed as coming at the expense of security. This presentation explores ways to integrate security into DevOps environments: identifying the benefits of doing so, outlining potential problems, and attempting to provide solutions to them. Ultimately, the talk hopes to provide practical guidance and tools that can be used as a base to improve security throughout the stack.

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Speaker Feature: Mike Shema



Mike Shema is VP of SecOps and Research at Cobalt.io, where he organizes crowdsourced pen tests. Mike’s experience with information security includes managing product security teams, building web application scanners, and consulting across a range of infosec topics. He’s put this experience into books like Anti-Hacker Tool Kit and Hacking Web Apps. He has taught hacking classes and presented research at conferences around the world.

Managing Crowdsourced Security Testing

The crowdsourced security model has been embraced by organizations running public bug bounty programs. These programs are intended to discover and resolve vulns in production applications, but they can unexpectedly deviate from being an effective part of the security development lifecycle into a source of noise. This presentation questions what role such programs have in improving security and what pitfalls they pose for security budgets. It covers strategies for keeping a bounty program focused on positive contributions to development and avoiding the traps that make it a distraction.

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Speaker Feature: Seth Hanford


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As a Staff Information Security Engineer, Seth Hanford applies his experience to incident response, PSIRT, and security operations functions for both enterprise and customer security. Hanford has been an individual contributor for PSIRTs, CSIRTs, and intelligence teams in small businesses, large enterprises, and several global teams. He has worked on-site in operations center watch floors, collaborated globally with FIRST Special Interest Groups, and has more than a decade of experience being an effective full-time remote worker. He has also had the pleasure to serve as a manager both globally and locally, and recruited for world-class threat research teams as well as to relaunch a Fortune 100 SOC into a threat-driven detection & response team.

Defend the Defenders: Managing and Participating in Excellent Teams

Response teams apply threat models to protect an organization’s goals and to determine which controls are important to defend organizational interests. But defensive teams themselves are under threat: working in emergency response takes its toll on individuals. Budgets, over-commitment, urgency, and crisis all put a great deal of pressure on incident responders. This presentation will examine “threats against the goals of the SIRT itself” for managers and “blue team” practitioners: how to build, manage, and participate a defensive / incident response team under fire. Attendees will learn a practical approach for identifying and defending against the key threats against their team goals. The speaker will share examples from his own past threat modeling, such as: how to find, hire, and retain good candidates; how to maintain morale when under crisis; how to improve a struggling team; how to (re)organize to meet imminent challenges to long-term success; and more.

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