SkyDogCon News!

 

Thank you...

The instructors have taught, the speakers have spoken, the contests played, and we see another SkyDogCon come to a close.

We would like to thank our instructors Georgia Weidman and Branson Matheson for broadening the minds of those who attended their classes.  These two do so much for our community and we were honored to have them at our conference.

We would like to thank our speakers who gave of their time and knowledge to speak passionately about topics they have become experts in and share that knowledge freely with others.

We would like to thank G. Mark Hardy for his work on the Encryption Challenge once again and for hosting Hacker Jeopardy.

We would like to thank Chris Hadnagy for bringing his Social Engineering CTF to Nashville and we look forward to doing it again next year.  We certainly hope Chris enjoyed himself and brings this competition back.

We'd like to thank the entire Duplicity Team for another great year with the Duplicity CTF competition.

We would like to thank our sponsors who make it possible for us to have a conference like SkyDogCon and wish to help the Hacker/Maker community.

We would like to thank Redvers Davies and Chad McFall who spent countless hours before and during the conference to make sure everyone who attended the conference got one of what we believe and others have told us are the best conference badges... ever.  But the thanks on the badges don't stop there.  People like MadMex, Jake23, K4k, SkiBoy, and so many countless others spent hour upon hour of their time working on the badges so that others could have something so cool.

We'd like to thank our staff and volunteers who gave freely of their time and energy for the year before SkyDogCon 2013 planning the event, and to all the hard work during the conference including long days and nights to pull off another successful year for our community.

But most of all, we'd like to thank each and every one of you, our attendees.  You all believed in us, and came to our conference for our third year.  You came to learn, to laugh, and to live the experience that you can only get from the Hacker/Maker community.  You came to teach and show others.  You came to share with one another.  It's YOU ALL who make this conference possible.  You make us want to host it, to make it better each and every year, and to raise the bar for you.  You are our friends and family, and we cannot thank you enough.

So with the close of another conference, we look forward to seeing each and every one of you in 2014. 

Until then... thank you, and Go Hack Yourself.

 

One Day...

Two Days...

FREE IT SECURITY COURSE... THAT'S RIGHT... FREE!

SkyDogCon is happy to announce the offering of an all day class on Thursay, October 24, 2013 for SkyDogCon Attendees.  This class is open to anyone who has purchased a ticket for SkyDogCon and will start at 8 AM Thursday morning and end around 5 PM.

If you are interested in taking this course, please e-mail operations@skydogcon.com to let us know so we can have space and materials available for all participants.

 

HANDS ON SECURITY FOR SYSTEM ADMINISTRATORS

 

System administrators often run into interesting conflicts between sysadmin, customer, and IT security needs. These conflicts generally lead to difficulty in achieving a balance between administrative convenience, good customer service, and minimal risk. There are processes or services available that can significantly improve any of these areas; however, many times they are costly or resource intensive. This course is designed for system administrators who want to improve the security posture of their organizations, using IT security standards paired with good system administration practices, resulting in better service, lower risk, and minimal impact to time and budget.

We will walk a path, covering many domains of IT security and enterprise system administration in ways that utilize the interconnection between good system administration practices and security fundamentals. We will discuss recent risks and threats, analyze them with respect to your environment, review possible impacts and develop mitigations that you can apply immediately. Training includes instruction, discussion, many hands-on labs, and a strong dose of common sense.

Attendees should bring a laptop capable of running a Virtual Guest and will be provided a VM in which to work. The class will have access to a test network of systems for training and lab exercises. You will return to your organization with a toolbox of documentation, (mostly) free software, and a good starting point for developing better practices to improve security and system administration.

Who should attend:

Beginning to mid-level system administrators of any stripe with an interest in IT security and a desire to improve their security. It is suggested that participants have experience with the  *nix command line.

Take back to work:

Documentation, tips, tricks, and tools tailored to your environment that can be implemented to improve security posture, processes, and operations in your organization.

Topics include:

  • The relationship between system administration and IT security
  • Security theories, standards and risk mitigation as applied by SA's
  • Information management using Trac and Subversion
  • Good system administration practices that directly improve IT security
  • Basic configuration driven system management using Puppet
  • Host and network auditing, hardening, and monitoring
  • Developing an effective security awareness program

INSTRUCTOR

Branson Matheson is a 24 year veteran of unix and security. He started as a cryptologist for the US Navy and has since worked on NASA Shuttle Projects, TSA security and monitoring systems, internet search engines and continues to support many open-source projects. He founded sandSecurity to provide policy and technical audits, support and training for IT Security, System Administrators and internet and unix Developers. Branson currently is a systems architect for NASA and has his CEH, GSEC, GCIH and several other credentials, but generally likes to spend time answering the question "I bet you can't…"

 

Again, if you are interested in taking this course, please e-mail operations@skydogcon.com to let us know so we can have space and materials available for all participants.

 


Fee: FREE WITH PURCHASE OF REGISTRATION TO SKYDOGCON
Skill Level: Entry Level IT Slacker to Senior Security Specialist
When: October 24, 2013 (Thursday)
Where:  TBA
For More Information: Send an e-mail to operations@skydogcon.com
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It's Not Too Late To Sponsor SkyDogCon 2013

SkyDogCon couldn't possibly exist without the generous sponsorships from those in the IT Community who believe in advancing the defense and boundries of IT Security and the Hacker Spirit.  These sponsors know what it means to "think outside the box," and realize that the world is a much better place with those of us who can't just accept the mundane.

If your company embraces this same spirit of innovation and pushing the boundries of what is, and what can be, please speak to your company about sponsoring SkyDogCon.

Give back to the community that gave so much to all of us...

To sponsor like these fine folks did:

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

And our profound thanks and appreciation for those who have already stepped up to sponsor SkyDogCon 2013 and make all of this years conference possible.  Folks, when you see these people at SkyDogCon 2013 in just 2 weeks from today, give EACH of them a hug and buy them a beer.
They deserve it.

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SkyDogCon 2013 Badge - Daughtercard Specs!

Wanna make your own daughtercard to work with the SkyDogCon 2013 Badge? The badge guys sent me all of the files needed to design your own add-on board for the badge! The PDF of the pins is located here and the files necessary to design your own board are in this directory.

Have fun with these! We're looking forward to see what attendees come up with. There may even be a large prize for the best hack!

*** FREE *** PREMIUM LEVEL CLASS - THURSDAY OCTOBER 24

SkyDogCon is happy to announce the offering of an all day class on Thursay, October 24, 2013 for SkyDogCon Attendees.  This class is open to anyone who has purchased a ticket for SkyDogCon and will start at 8 AM Thursday morning and end around 5 PM.

If you are interested in taking this course, please e-mail operations@skydogcon.com to let us know so we can have space and materials available for all participants.

 

HANDS ON SECURITY FOR SYSTEM ADMINISTRATORS

 

System administrators often run into interesting conflicts between sysadmin, customer, and IT security needs. These conflicts generally lead to difficulty in achieving a balance between administrative convenience, good customer service, and minimal risk. There are processes or services available that can significantly improve any of these areas; however, many times they are costly or resource intensive. This course is designed for system administrators who want to improve the security posture of their organizations, using IT security standards paired with good system administration practices, resulting in better service, lower risk, and minimal impact to time and budget.

We will walk a path, covering many domains of IT security and enterprise system administration in ways that utilize the interconnection between good system administration practices and security fundamentals. We will discuss recent risks and threats, analyze them with respect to your environment, review possible impacts and develop mitigations that you can apply immediately. Training includes instruction, discussion, many hands-on labs, and a strong dose of common sense.

Attendees should bring a laptop capable of running a Virtual Guest and will be provided a VM in which to work. The class will have access to a test network of systems for training and lab exercises. You will return to your organization with a toolbox of documentation, (mostly) free software, and a good starting point for developing better practices to improve security and system administration.

Who should attend:

Beginning to mid-level system administrators of any stripe with an interest in IT security and a desire to improve their security. It is suggested that participants have experience with the  *nix command line.

Take back to work:

Documentation, tips, tricks, and tools tailored to your environment that can be implemented to improve security posture, processes, and operations in your organization.

Topics include:

  • The relationship between system administration and IT security
  • Security theories, standards and risk mitigation as applied by SA's
  • Information management using Trac and Subversion
  • Good system administration practices that directly improve IT security
  • Basic configuration driven system management using Puppet
  • Host and network auditing, hardening, and monitoring
  • Developing an effective security awareness program

INSTRUCTOR

Branson Matheson is a 24 year veteran of unix and security. He started as a cryptologist for the US Navy and has since worked on NASA Shuttle Projects, TSA security and monitoring systems, internet search engines and continues to support many open-source projects. He founded sandSecurity to provide policy and technical audits, support and training for IT Security, System Administrators and internet and unix Developers. Branson currently is a systems architect for NASA and has his CEH, GSEC, GCIH and several other credentials, but generally likes to spend time answering the question "I bet you can't…"

 

Again, if you are interested in taking this course, please e-mail operations@skydogcon.com to let us know so we can have space and materials available for all participants.

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