The Top Secret Colonials are holding a virtual presentation on Thursday, February 4th at 4:30 pm. Ryan Painter from FireEye will present on Attacker Activity and Detection/Prevention Strategies. Students will be able to earn 1 hour of SET credit for professional development. You will need to click the meeting link below to join. Names will be collected for those earning SET credit.
Title: Trends in Attacker Activity and Detection/Prevention Strategies
This presentation will focus on some of the latest trends in attacker tactics, techniques, and procedures across various industries. In addition to an examination of these attacker methodologies/defense evasions, strategies for detecting and preventing some of this activity will be discussed.
Ryan Painter is a Senior Consultant at FireEye Mandiant in their Strategic Services consulting division. In this role, Ryan is part of a team responsible for identifying opportunities for improvement in organizations’ information security management, operations, and strategy practices. Prior to joining Mandiant, he held security operations roles including VP and Interim Global Head of Vulnerability Management at BNY Mellon, Team Manager – Threat and Vulnerability Management at Highmark Health, and positions as a SOC and Vulnerability Analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Forensics and Information Security from Robert Morris University and a Master of Science in Information Science from University of Pittsburgh, and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. in Information Systems and Communications program at RMU. He also holds an adjunct lecturer appointment at West Virginia Northern Community College where he teaches courses in network security, networking, and CompTIA A+ prep. Ryan is based in New York City.
Now through March 31st, All Star Sports Bar & Grill (www.allstarsportsbargrill.com) in Robinson Township will donate 10% of food sales to the Top Secret Colonials student organization at RMU. Take out option is available!
To contribute to this fundraiser, all you need to do is take a photo of your itemized receipt from All Stars and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org before March 31st, and TSC will receive 10% as a donation!
The Top Secret Colonials are holding another virtual presentation on Thursday, November 19th at 2:00 pm. Kevin Cody from Argo AI will be presenting on Security at Argo AI which tests autonomous (self-driving) vehicles in the Pittsburgh Area. Students will be able to earn 1 hour of SET credit for professional development. Below you will find the link to the Google Meet session. Names will be collected for those earning SET credit.
Google Meets Link:
Kevin Cody is a penetration tester at Argo AI, with experience working at several Fortune 500 enterprises. Although his particular expertise is geared toward hacking Web and Mobile applications, he is also experienced in the entire gamut from mainframes to embedded systems. Kevin is adamant on helping build-up developers through security, which can be seen in his involvement within OWASP or while speaking at events like CodeMash or BSides. In his spare time, Kevin can be found attempting to repair something (via online DIY videos), reading tech books, fishing, or simply spending time with his wife and children.
The Top Secret Colonials are holding a virtual presentation and workshop on Thursday, October 29th at 2:00 pm.
The topic of the virtual presentation and workshop will be “Deepfakes”. Chet Hosmer, Chief Scientist and Sr. Vice President of WetStone Technologies, will be presenting. Chet will present during the first half of the session on Deepfakes where he will pull video from Twitter and run a Python script to determine if the video is real or has been altered. For the second half of the presentation you will be taught how to pull EXIF data from an image using python. Files will be sent prior to the presentation so that you can participate remotely. Below you will find a link to the Google Meet session. You will need to click the link to join. Names of everyone that joins the presentation will be collected and all (undergraduates) will receive credit for 1 hour of professional development SET credit.
Chet Hosmer is Chief Scientist, Sr. Vice President, and a co-founder of WetStone Technologies, Inc. Chet has been researching and developing technology and training surrounding data hiding, steganography and watermarking for over a decade. He has made numerous appearances to discuss the threat steganography poses including National Public Radio’s Kojo Nnamdi show, ABC’s Primetime Thursday, NHK Japan, CrimeCrime TechTV and ABC News Australia. He has also been a frequent contributor to technical and news stories relating to steganography and has been interviewed and quoted by IEEE, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Government Computer News, Salon.com, and Wired Magazine. Chet also serves as a visiting professor at Utica College where he teaches in the Cybersecurity Graduate program.
The Top Secret Colonials are holding their second virtual presentation for the semester on Wednesday, October 21st at 2:00 pm.
The topic of the virtual presentation will be “The Rise of IoT”. Amber Schroader, the founder and owner of Paraben Corporation, a mobile and computer forensics company, will be presenting. Below you will find a link to the Google Meet session. You will need to click the link to join. Names of everyone that joins the presentation will be collected and all (undergraduates) will receive credit for 1 hour of professional development SET credit.
Ms. Schroader is the Founder and CEO of Paraben Corporation as well as the chief architect responsible for the design of Paraben’s extensive line of digital forensic solutions. As a pioneer in the field, Ms. Schroader has been key in developing new technology to help investigators with the extraction of digital evidence from hard drives, email, and handheld and mobile devices. Ms. Schroader has been a leader in the field of computer forensics for over twenty years. During this time, she has developed and taught numerous courses for the computer forensic arena specializing in the field of wireless forensics, mobile technologies, email analysis and extraction, as well as network forensics. Ms. Schroader is also a sought after keynote speaker, expert witness and appeared on NBC Nightly News other national and international media. Ms. Schroader has extensive experience in dealing with a wide array of forensic investigators ranging from federal, state, local, and corporate. With an aggressive development schedule, Ms. Schroader continues to bring new and exciting technology to the computer forensic community world-wide and is dedicated to supporting the investigator through new technologies and training services that are being provided through Paraben Corporation. Ms. Schroader is involved in many different computer investigation organizations including The Institute of Computer Forensic Professionals (ICFP), HTCIA, and HTCC.
The Top Secret Colonials are holding their first virtual presentation for the semester on Tuesday, October 20th at 4:30 pm.
The topic of the virtual presentation will be “Securing Patient Data: What happens to your data after it is collected by your healthcare provider?” Dr. Gary Janchenko will be discussing the security issues surrounding patient information.
Below you will find a link to the Google Meet session. You will need to click the link to join. Names of everyone that joins the presentation will be collected and all (undergraduates) will receive credit for 1 hour of professional development SET credit.
Dr. Gary Janchenko’s Bio:
Dr. Gary Janchenko is the CIO for Central Ohio Primary Care, the nation’s largest independent physician practice with over 500 physicians across 80 locations around the greater Columbus, OH area. Before joining COPC, Gary worked for Pediatric Alliance, P.C. for 10 years, serving as their CIO for 8 years before their acquisition by Allegheny Health Network. He is a lifelong learner, recently earning his Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University as well as an MBA and an M.S. in Management Information Systems both from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his work at COPC, Gary is an adjunct faculty member at Robert Morris University, The University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University.
Top Secret Colonials (TSC) will be holding a 48 hour gaming marathon where all money raised will go to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s toughest diseases, particularly leukemia and other cancers. The hospital does not charge patients for their care and relies on donations to keep helping children. If you’re not able to attend the event, you can also donate directly via a GoFundMe page.
Steps to Sign Up for the Gaming Marathon
A donation of $10 and advanced registration is required to participate for both Non-RMU and RMU students. Before attending please make sure to review all rules and information here before filling out the registration form: Rules and Information
BEFORE REGISTERING, You are required to make a Discord Account or a Twitch Account whichever you prefer.
Discord account can be created here: https://discordapp.com/register.
Twitch account can be created here: https://www.twitch.tv/
If you need any extra help with activating/registering for Discord or Twitch please review the Rules and Information Presentation linked above!
Registration form: https://forms.gle/r7mXLtiQoNkJgbFN6
The Top Secret Colonials’ 48-hour Gaming Marathon in underway (April 17-19, 2020). This year, the marathon is being held virtually since the COVID-19 pandemic does not allow for it to be held on campus. You can find out more about the event and how you can participate here:
The Top Secret Colonials have been hosting this event for seven years. They normally raise money for various children’s charities, but this year, the group decided to raise money for an organization that is helping the people of Pittsburgh during this pandemic – The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The Tribune Review has published an article featuring this great event that has already raised over $3,000 for this cause! Read the article here:
Even if you do not want to participate in the gaming marathon, you can still contribute to the cause by donating directly to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank using the event’s GoFundMe page. You can donate here:
Well done, Top Secret Colonials!
The Top Secret Colonials are holding their third online presentation on Tuesday, April 21st at 1:00 pm. Students will be able to earn 1 hour of SET credit. Below you will find a link to Google Hangouts. You will need to click the link to join.
Intelligence Analyst Felipe De Vega who is with the Department of Defense Special Access Program Cyber Threat Intelligence Cell will present on Jumping the Air Gap.
Presentation Topic: Jumping the Air Gap
Information system owners and information security personnel have viewed the air (physical) gap between information systems as an effective mitigation to protect data exfiltration. This can include disparate networks, or disconnected stand-alone information systems.
Intelligence Analyst Felipe De Vega’s Bio
Department of Defense Special Access Program Cyber Threat Intelligence Cell
Felipe de Vega is an intelligence analyst with ManTech International Corporation and a retired career naval intelligence officer. He is a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and an honors graduate of National University.
At sea, de Vega served as air intelligence officer for Electronic Attack Squadron 131 (VAQ-131) onboard USS Constellation (CV-64) during Operation Southern Watch. He also served as air wing intelligence officer for Tactical Support Wing / Carrier Air Wing Reserve 20 (CVWR-20).
Ashore, de Vega led instruction for satellite imagery analysis courses at Fleet Intelligence Training Center, Pacific in San Diego. He was the operations officer of Joint Reserve Intelligence Center, New Orleans and served as red team leader and Navy intelligence doctrine developer at Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, VA. Additionally, he completed National Capital Region tours at the Office of Naval Intelligence and U.S. Cyber Command.
In his current position, he provides intelligence and supply chain risk management assessments that support the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Air Force, and Navy Special Access Program systems accreditation.
Google Hangouts Meeting Information
Phone Numbers (US)
PIN: 572 123 798#