Second BSides Huntsville to Offer Cybersecurity Training Courses

Wednesday February 04, 2015

The second annual BSides Huntsville will feature training opportunities at a great value. "CybatiWorks 'Mission: Control Systems'" (taught by CYBATI) and "Intro to Threat Intelligence" (provided by Dragos Security) will be offered on Friday, Feb. 6, at $25 each. The security conference is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7. Both events will be held at Dynetics in Cummings Research Park.

Similar two-day classes in the state have been advertised recently for as much as almost $1,600. 

Matt Luallen, president and co-founder of CYBATI, will teach the industrial control systems class, giving participants a rapid-fire introduction to control systems, where they are, how they communicate, the attack surface and mitigating control opportunities. It will address, for example, how to ensure that attacks against spreadsheets, slide presentations and databases do not expand to cycling a home or business internet-connected HVAC.

Luallen is a researcher, instructor and author, in addition to his role at CYBATI, a strategic and practical educational and consulting company. He is also a certified instructor for the SANS Institute. He is a graduate of National Technological University with a master's degree in computer science, and he holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

"Intro to Threat Intelligence," taught by BSides conference keynote speaker Robert M. Lee, will teach students analysis skills and give them an understanding of intelligence tradecraft that can be made applicable to any type of work - especially network security. Lee is an Air Force cyber warfare operations officer and co-founder of Dragos Security, a critical infrastructure cybersecurity company. He is an adjunct lecturer at Utica College and is a SANS instructor. Lee received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master's in cybersecurity in digital forensics from Utica College. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at King's College London. He authored the book "SCADA and Me" to educate and inform about supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Jonathan Whitcomb, Dynetics vice president, Enterprise Solutions, said, "The training available at BSides Huntsville is an incredible value. We are excited to offer these classes in Huntsville with such qualified instructors."

BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration on the most current topics with regards to cybersecurity. It is an intense event with discussions, demonstrations and interaction from participants. BSides conferences are held all over the world. 

For more information about the classes and a link to register, visit the website.

About BSides

Security BSides is the first grass roots, DIY, open security conference in the world. It is a combination of two event styles: structured anchor events and grass-roots geocentric events. Each BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members. The goal is to expand the spectrum of conversation beyond the traditional confines of space and time. It creates opportunities for individuals to both present and participate in an intimate atmosphere that encourages collaboration. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants. It is where conversations for the next-big-thing are happening. For more information, visit www.securitybsides.com.

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