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Call For Papers

If you are a builder, breaker, or defender, we would love to have you share your knowledge with us. We may even hold a few meetings dedicated to FireTalk style presentations, so feel free to submit talks of any length. Additionally, if you would really like to learn about a specific topic, please feel free to share ideas with the group. Someone may already have experience and be willing to present. Email Us with your submission (it doesn't have to be anything too formal).

Chapter Leaders

The chapter leader is Trenton Ivey. Additional Chapter leaders are:

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May 27th, 2014

  • What: Talk: A History of Hiding Things
    • Privacy has always been important, but code breakers have been working on solving secret messages for over 1,200 years. The battle between the code makers and breakers has caused cryptography to evolve from simple mono-alphabetic substitution ciphers to public key cryptography with 'perfect forward security'. As we explore the history of cryptography, pen-and-paper ciphers will be used to demonstrate many of the fundamental elements of cryptography. The Enigma machine will be used to show how a relatively simple tool can lead to very complex cipher-text. Modern cryptography algorithms such as AES and RSA will be explained in as simple terms as possible. The talk will end with a discussion on why the instruction to, 'never roll your own crypto' might be hurting privacy.
  • When: 6:00 PM
  • Where: MATC Downtown Campus - Room S120

June 24th, 2014

July 29th, 2014

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  • April 29th, 2014: Informal dinner get together @Mo's Irish Pub
  • March 25th, 2014: OWASP Trivia Night @MATC Mequon Campus
  • February 25th, 2014: Informal dinner get together @Mo's Irish Pub
  • January 28th, 2014: snOWASP 2014 - Cancled Due to Weather
  • December 31st, 2013: - No Meeting for the New Year
  • November 26th, 2013: 2013 OWASP Top Ten (Talk by Trenton Ivey)
    • Description: The OWASP Top Ten provides information about the most critical web application security flaws found on the internet. OWASP recently updated the list. This talk reviewed the 2013 OWASP Top Ten. There were be plenty of demos to help explain the security flaws on the list.
  • October 29th, 2013: Informal dinner get together @Mo's Irish Pub
  • September 24th, 2013: Talk by Doug Rogahn: Low Tech Hacking
    • Description: Doug spoke about Low(er) Tech ways to hack and how to prevent physical security vulnerabilities. Your web server is only as secure as the place it is stored. This talk provided an opertunity to learn how to pick door locks, clone RFID cards, lift fingerprints for biometric readers, and escape from handcuffs (note: if you use your skills for good, you probably will never need this last skill. OWASP does not endorse criminal activity.)
    • Speaker Bio: Doug has worked as an Ethical Hacker and Application Penetration Tester for FIS for the last 3 ½ years. He has always had an interest in finding out how things work and finding interesting ways to accomplish tasks. He enjoys combining his knowledge of how things work to find unintended ways of bypassing safeguards. As an ethical hacker for FIS Doug has championed the cause of needing to test all possible entry points including physical security. He has been picking locks as a hobby for nearly 20 years but recently has brought his knowledge to the next level through additional training and practice.
  • August 27th, 2013: Informal dinner get together @Mo's Irish Pub
  • July 30th, 2013: Talk by Zach Grace: Web Application Fuzzing Techniques
    • Description: Zach demonstrated web application fuzzing techniques using Burp Intruder and fuzzdb. The techniques included parameter fuzzing, URL fuzzing, brute forcing, and results analysis. Zach showed how fuzzing can help zero in on application flaws quicker, making testing more efficient.
    • Speaker Bio: Zach Grace is the Manager of Penetration Testing and a penetration tester at 403 Labs. Zach spends most of his time exploring and exploiting client systems that range from large corporations and financial institutions, to universities and small mom and pop shops. Zach enjoys analyzing the subtle nuances of his penetration testing targets, so he can continue challenge himself while evolving his techniques.
  • June 25th, 2013:Informal dinner get together @Mo's Irish Pub
  • May 28th, 2013: Talk by Neal Bridges: Ninja Tactics
    • Neal Bridges, a former Network Warfare Operator for the Air Force, a SANS instructor, and a Senior Network Penetration Tester at FIS will be talking about Ninja Tactics (i.e. covert hacking) and how to detect and avoid Ninja's in your network.
  • April 30th, 2013: Informal dinner get together @Mo's Irish Pub
  • March 26th, 2013: Firetalks:
    • Phil Gonzalez: 5up34 1337 H@x04 (or more accurately, getting back to basics)
    • Trenton Ivey: An Intro to RSA Cryptography
  • February 26th, 2013: Cancelled Due to Weather
  • January 30th, 2013: Informal dinner get together @Mo's Irish Pub

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