Chapter Meeting (Feb 2018)

February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm America/North Dakota/Center Timezone
St. Mary's University Center
2540 Park Ave
MN 55404
Event Director

marketing02Our first chapter meeting of 2018 will be held February 20th, 1:00-4:00pm, at the St. Mary’s University Center in Minneapolis.  Come out and join us for our informative presentations and great networking with your coworkers, colleagues and friends!

Meeting Agenda

  • Social networking: 1pm – 1:30pm
  • President and Board opening statements: 1:30pm – 1:50pm
  • Presentation: 1:50 – 2:40pm
  • Break: 2:40pm-2:50pm
  • Presentation: 2:50pm – 3:40pm
  • Drawings and closing remarks: 3:40pm – 4pm
  • Happy Hour

Blue Team On A Budget, Brian Johnson                                  

Our companies continue to get breached because we’re still not getting some of the security basics right.  The good news is we don’t always have to buy an expensive software/hardware solution for every one of our technical security needs.  Instead, by making some minor tweaks to our servers and implementing some free/open-source tools, we can gain a great amount of insight into what’s going on in our network – and even stop threats.

A breach scenario will be played out “live” during the session, so attendees will be able to see how these defensive tools and techniques would play out in a real-world incident.  Also, this session will have a movie theme (A Few Good Men), so expect plenty of Jack Nicholson memes.

Brian Johnson is a security engineer for 7 Minute Security, which specializes in security assessments, penetration testing and training.  He is especially passionate about sharing knowledge, and hosts a weekly blog/podcast to help consumers and businesses strengthen their security posture. When he isn’t camped out behind a keyboard, he enjoys outdoor activities with his family, as well as singing and playing guitar in an acoustic duo.

Security Metrics and Their Importance, Dave Losen                 

Security Metrics and Metric driven security programs are great buzz words. Unfortunately many professionals don’t understand the benefits of tracking and trending security metrics, don’t know how to collect them, and are at a loss on what actionable items they indicate. This talk will overview 20 top metrics, talk about their history and show how a few may be used to the benefit of a proactive, modern, security team.

Dave has spent over 20 years investigating, hacking and developing advanced security tools. He has the unique ability to bridge the gap between kiddy scripting hacker tools to advanced big data machine learning systems, while being able to explain it all in english.




MN ISSA members in attendance at the meeting have the opportunity to win several book giveaways recommended by our speakers:

  • Blue Team Handbook: Incident Response Edition: A condensed field guide for the Cyber Security Incident Responder
  • Blue Team Field Manual
  • Security Metrics by Andrew Jaquith
  • Data-Driven Security by Jay Jacobs & Bob Rudis

See other past recommendations.


Are non-members and guests welcome at meetings and events?

Yes, we welcome individuals at large from the security community to join us for any of our events. We simply ask that, after experiencing personally the value of our community at two events, individuals consider joining ISSA for the additional benefits that membership provides.

Why do we have to register to attend meetings and events?

Besides assisting the board with planning logistics for our events, registering for meetings and events, then checking in when you attend, provides you with self-service documentation you can print out to support your CPE credits if you are audited.