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PLUG's Security Meeting topic for November 14th

PLUG - Tue, 2017/11/07 - 10:48
Aaron Jones: Introduction To Holiday Safety

Description:
Introduction To Holiday Safety is a two hour course focused on preparing for the holiday rush. While the holidays are a great time to shop, eat, and have fun, they are also a popular time for criminals who will be looking for ways to enrich themselves illegally. We will be discussing some of the tools and tactics used such as phishing, credit card skimming, and purse snatching and some of the things you can do to protect yourself. This class is targeted towards the general public and does not require any experience in cyber security.

About Aaron:
Aaron is an experienced Linux user with several years of teaching experience. He works in the industry as a software developer while also providing consultancy on cyber security related topics. His discussions are AZ Post certified for training credit for law enforcement and he prides himself on providing quality educational material that is relevant and topical. He has a Masters Degree in Intelligence Analysis with a focus in Cyber Security, is a life long learner, and prides himself on staying up to date with the ever changing field of cyber security.

Topics for November 9ths Meeting

PLUG - Tue, 2017/11/07 - 10:42
More presentations TBA

Ed Nicholson: onBoarding for 4 free resources: Archive.org, MusicBrainz, OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia


Description:
This presentation is 4 mini-presentations, each about you getting set up to contribute to free public digital assets.

onBoarding Archive.org - Get your library card to over 306 Billion web pages and have a place to host your own digital artifacts. And then, there is the WayBackMachine.

onBoarding MusicBrainz - Join the Open Misic Encyclopedia, the free and open source for music information and identification. Add your knowledge to MusicBrainz and have MusicBrainz annotate, update, and correct your music collection's meta data.

onBoarding OpenStreetMap - A map of the world, and you can make it a map of your world. join OSM and start mapping your roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, etc... developer? want to use OSM data? visit Mapbox.com for access and tools and community.

onBoarding Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, if you sign up for a log-in! Have something you want to follow? Doing research? Company or Organization data sheet? Sign up and get it into Wikipedia.

About Ed:
I have been involved with Free Software and how people, organizations and populations use, create and experience information. I enjoy The Prescott National Forest as my "office" and The Valley of The Sun as a home away from home. Personal systems run either Fedora, Project Atomic, Android or OpenBSD.

PLUG's Security Meeting topic for November 14th

PLUG - Mon, 2017/11/06 - 20:48
Aaron Jones: Introduction To Holiday Safety

Description:
Introduction To Holiday Safety is a two hour course focused on preparing for the holiday rush. While the holidays are a great time to shop, eat, and have fun, they are also a popular time for criminals who will be looking for ways to enrich themselves illegally. We will be discussing some of the tools and tactics used such as phishing, credit card skimming, and purse snatching and some of the things you can do to protect yourself. This class is targeted towards the general public and does not require any experience in cyber security.

About Aaron:
Aaron is an experienced Linux user with several years of teaching experience. He works in the industry as a software developer while also providing consultancy on cyber security related topics. His discussions are AZ Post certified for training credit for law enforcement and he prides himself on providing quality educational material that is relevant and topical. He has a Masters Degree in Intelligence Analysis with a focus in Cyber Security, is a life long learner, and prides himself on staying up to date with the ever changing field of cyber security.

For time and location see: https://phxlinux.org/index.php/meetings/20-plug-security.html

Topic for Security meeting on November 14th

PLUG - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 01:00

For November's meeting Aaron Jones will teaching us about shopping safely and protecting your accounts.

Your Instructor: Aaron is an experienced Linux user with several years of teaching experience. He works in the industry as a software developer while also providing consultancy on cyber security related topics. His discussions are AZ Post certified for training credit for law enforcement and he prides himself on providing quality educational material that is relevant and topical. He has a Masters Degree in Intelligence Analysis with a focus in Cyber Security, is a life long learner, and prides himself on staying up to date with the ever changing field of cyber security.

Topics for PLUG meeting on October 12th

PLUG - Sun, 2017/10/08 - 23:44
We'll have 2 presentations at our Thursday meeting.  Joseph Sinclair will present Modern C++ on Linux and ​Ed Nicholson will present Project Atomic and Immutable Linux


Joseph Sinclair: Modern C++ on Linux

Description:
C++ today is very different from what it was just a few years ago. The revitalized and fast-moving (for ISO) standards process as well as major changes both to the language core and the standard library have produced almost a new language.
This presentation is a practitioner's perspective on the state of C++ development on Linux platforms today, the recent standards improvements, how "good" C++ idiom today looks almost nothing like "good" C++ from 15 year ago, and perhaps a bit about all the ways C++ code is done badly.
No slides, but some live code samples are possible.

Biography:
Joseph Sinclair is a software engineer, long-time linux user, and general all-around tech head. He occasionally wonders what it would be like to dream in binary, and sometimes remembers that most people don't actually know what a convolution code is or why 8b10b encoding is important.

Ed Nicholson: Project Atomic and Immutable Linux

Description:
This presentation is about the changes to a system's life cycle as an Immutable Linux such as Fedora-Atomic.

Immutability of a system has been an objective for some time, and with good reason. The shift in deployments to containers has made this a critical feature for the stability and manageability of the large number of systems that support the services we have today. We will look at how this has resulted in some very basic changes to a typical systems life cycle and how easy it is for you to have your own container ready servers.

Biography:
Ed has been involved with Free Software and how people, organizations and populations use, create and experience information. Ed enjoys The Prescott National Forest as his "office" and The Valley of The Sun as a home away from home. His personal systems run either Fedora, Project Atomic, Android or OpenBSD.

 

Topic for Security meeting on October 10th

PLUG - Sun, 2017/10/08 - 23:38
At this month's security meeting Aaron Jones will be discussing SQL and SQL injection as well as database security.

Your Instructor: Aaron is an experienced Linux user with several years of teaching experience. He works in the industry as a software developer while also providing consultancy on cyber security related topics. His discussions are AZ Post certified for training credit for law enforcement and he prides himself on providing quality educational material that is relevant and topical. He has a Masters Degree in Intelligence Analysis with a focus in Cyber Security, is a life long learner, and prides himself on staying up to date with the ever changing field of cyber security.

Topics for 9/14 meeting

PLUG - Thu, 2017/09/14 - 13:10

We'll have 2 presentation on Thursday, "Intermediate shell scripting: getting more bash for your $" and "SSH and the shell-go forth securely", both from der.hans

 

der.hans: Intermediate shell scripting: getting more bash for your $

Description:
Want to take your shell scripting to the next level? Interested in adding string manipulation and arrays to your arsenal? In shell math?

Shell still has the best system integration for stringing together our favorite command line tools such as ls, grep and sed. Better yet is doing some of that work in the shell without reaching for a forked program, especially inside loops. This presentation will cover intermediate scripting techniques and useful command line tips.

After attending this session, audience members will understand string operators, in shell math, indexed arrays and associative arrays. They will also be familiar with regular expressions, globbing and differences between the two. Finally, attendees will be familiar with useful builtin variables.

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der.hans: SSH and the shell-go forth securely

Description:
SSH is the go to tool for sysadmins and developers for interactive connections to remote machines. It creates secure, encrypted connections between computers, even across hostile networks. Unless you accept keys without verification (DON'T DO THAT!!!).

SSH can also create tunnels for encapsulating other connections, including other protocols and data. Sysadmins can bridge protocols across networks for ease of access such as a one-off data sync. Devs can present the dev database on their desktop to ease use of graphical development tools.

After attending this session, audience members will be able to create a local tunnel from client to server, a remote tunnel from server to client, and do simple analysis of local vs remote evaluation of a command. Attendees will be able to use tunnels for SSH or sample other protocols (MySQL and HTTP), and tunneling via a third party system. They will also be familiar with dynamic SOCKS proxies and using SSH to tunnel graphical applications. Finally, attendees will also learn SSH configuration and command line tips for convenience of use, including using forced command to restrict an SSH key to one purpose.

Biography:
der.hans is a technology and entrepreneurial veteran. Roles have included director of engineering, engineering manager, IS manager, system administrator, community college instructor, developer and DBA.

In his free time, der.hans endeavors to help build community through user group and conference leadership. He is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch.

He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LFNW) and many local groups.

 

See you there...

 

Installfest location change for 9/16 and 11/04

PLUG - Tue, 2017/09/12 - 19:01

The regular location for the installfest isn't available on the 16th of September as well at the 4th of November, so the installfest will be held at:

Mesa Center for Higher Education 245 W 2nd St, Mesa, AZ 85201

Topics for PLUG meeting on 8/10

PLUG - Thu, 2017/08/10 - 16:08

Aaron Jones: Introduction To Cyber Reconnaissance

Description: Introduction to Cyber Reconnaissance is a two-hour course focused on providing learners with a gentle introduction to the tools and techniques used to probe and locate targets for attack.

Biography: Aaron is an experienced Linux user with several years of teaching experience. He works in the industry as a software developer while also providing consultancy on cyber security related topics. His discussions are AZ Post certified for training credit for law enforcement and he prides himself on providing quality educational material that is relevant and topical. He has a Masters Degree in Intelligence Analysis with a focus in Cyber Security, is a life long learner, and prides himself on staying up to date with the ever changing field of cyber security.

der.hans: SSH series: Inroduction to SSH

Description: SSH is the go to tool for sysadmins and developers to make secure, encrypted, interactive connections to remote machines. It's even secure across hostile networks, unless you accept keys without verification (DON'T DO THAT!!!).

The introduction to SSH will describe what SSH is and the basics of how it works. It will also cover verifying an SSH host key, making an SSH connection and running a remote command.

Biography:
der.hans is a technology and entrepreneurial veteran. Roles have included director of engineering, engineering manager, IS manager, system administrator, community college instructor, developer and DBA.

In his free time, der.hans endeavors to help build community through user group and conference leadership. He is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch.

He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LFNW) and many local groups.

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