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August 9: “Exploring the Social & Behavioral Science Underlying Social Media” by John Grimes

August 2, 2016 Comments off

Birmingham InfraGard Meeting

Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Meeting Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Topic: Exploring the Social & Behavioral Science Underlying Social Media

In the wake of 911, then CIA Director George Tennant observed :”With our ever increasing dependence upon the internet, we have entrusted our national security and entire way of life to a technology that we barely understand.” Now, fifteen years later, should a similar alarm be sounded about the Social Media phenomena?

During our brief time together on 9 August, we will delve into this evolving phenomena, its social and behavioral addictive allure, and the first, second and third order effects its presents for both the attacker and defender of critical infrastructure.

Presenter: John Grimes

1 March 2015 marked the first day in over thirty-plus  years that COL (ret’d) John Grimes was no longer in the exclusive employ of any three or four letter governmental agency when he launched Cyber.Kinetic.Weaponry, a subsidiary of Grimes Professional Corporation.  As the name suggest, CKW provides its portfolio of clients with the full spectrum of intelligence and security professional services world-wide.

Lunch Details: Barbecue lunch courtesy of your Infragard Birmingham Member Alliance chapter

RSVP here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/infragard-birmingham-member-alliance-aug-meeting-exploring-the-social-behavioral-science-underlying-tickets-26890166211)

Location: 

Brasfield & Gorrie
3021 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

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July 12: “Ransomware Trends and Tactics” by Brendan Griffin with PhishMe

July 2, 2016 Comments off

Birmingham InfraGard Meeting

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Meeting Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Topic: Ransomware Trends and Tactics

Presenter: Brendan Griffin, Threat Intelligence Manager and malware analyst with PhishMe

Brendan has spent the last several years reversing, including prominent botnet malware such as Dridex and Dyre along with the rising tide of encryption ransomware.  He oversees the production of daily machine- and human-readable intelligence reporting as well as strategic and longitudinal data analytics to identify and track malware trends.

Lunch Details: Barbecue lunch courtesy of your Infragard Birmingham Member Alliance chapter

RSVP here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/infragard-birmingham-member-alliance-july-meeting-ransomware-trends-and-tactics-by-brendan-griffin-tickets-26389714346)

Location: 

Brasfield & Gorrie
3021 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Categories: Meeting Announcements

May 10: The Future of Money by Dr. Yuliang Zheng from the University of Alabama at Birmingham

May 2, 2016 Comments off

Birmingham InfraGard Meeting

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Meeting Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

RSVP Here (bit.ly/BHamIGMay16Meeting)

Topic: The Future of Money

Digital cash has undergone transformational changes over the last few years. We examine cryptographic foundations of digital cash, and discuss blockchain based consensus protocols that underpin all notable digital cash systems. We also discuss security challenges posed by these new types of digital cash and survey the applications of blockchain in an array of real world problems ranging from smart contracts and title registration to financial services.

Presenter: Dr. Yuliang Zheng, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Professor Yuliang Zheng is known as the father of the signcryption technology which is now an ISO international standard for data security. His pioneering research into the application of one-way hash to immunizing public key encryption against adaptive attacks has been embodied in numerous international standards for public key cryptography, including those from ISO, IEEE and IETF. An internationally recognized authority in cryptography and network security, Professor Zheng has published over 200 scholarly articles and books on security and holds a multiple number of patents in cyber security. He plays an active, leadership role in international research communities, serving as the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Public Key Cryptography (PKC) conferences sponsored by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). In addition, he served as an associate editor of The Computer Journal published by the Oxford University Press and is on the steering committees for a number of research and industrial forums including Information Security Conference (ISC), IEEE Information Assurance Standards Committee, and Workshop on Long-Term/Information-Theoretic Security.

In his more than 30 years of experience with information security technology and applications, Professor Zheng has traversed both the commercial and scholastic sides of the industries. He worked for two years as a software engineer at a telecommunication company after completing his undergraduate degree, and, after earning his PhD, moved to Australia. There he worked at first as a cyber security research scientist at the Australian Defense Force Academy, then as a professor at the University of Wollongong and Monash University. In August 2001, Professor Zheng was recruited as one of the top 10 international experts in cyber security to join the faculty of UNC Charlotte where he founded the Information Security and Assurance Center (ISAC). Since July 2015 Professor Zheng has been with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, serving as the Chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. In addition to scholarly research, he has consulted for a large number of banks, e-commerce, computer and telecommunication companies, and governments at all levels.

Professor Yuliang Zheng earned his Bachelor of Science degree with Highest Distinction in computer science from the Nanjing Institute of Technology in 1982. He then won a prestigious young researcher’s award from the Ministry of Education for studies at Yokohama National University in Japan, where he earned his master’s and PhD degrees in electrical and computer engineering.

Lunch Details

  • Lunch is available for purchase via Eventbrite and provided by LunchBox Express.
  • Lunch includes:  Any sandwich or wrap (Includes pickle spear, tortilla chips, homemade salsa with salad of the day OR homemade dessert), a drink (Water, Sweet Tea, Coke, Diet Coke or Sprite).

FAQs

Location: The Conference Center at Brasfield & Gorrie, 3201 7th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There are two visitor parking lots and ample, free street parking.

What is the refund policy?

Cancellation must be made through Eventbrite before Monday, May 9 at 11:30AM CT.  Refunds (minus any Eventbrite fees) will be acknowledged within 2 business days and can take up to 5 days to process.

What if I can’t attended, but I purchased a lunch?

Any lunches left over at the end of the meeting (1:00 PM CT) will be donated to the Chapter.  We cannot carry over payments to the next month meeting.

Can I bring my own lunch?

Absolutely!  If you did not order a lunch, feel free to bring your own.

Will there be any extra lunches (that can be bought at the door)?

No.  Lunches are made to order.

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April 12: Jefferson County EMA – County-wide notification system / Trinity to Grandview Hospital move

April 7, 2016 Comments off

Birmingham InfraGard Meeting

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Meeting Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Topic 1: The Jefferson County County-wide notification system (and all of its uses)

Topic 2: (If time permits) The Trinity to Grandview Hospital move

Presenter: Jim Coker, Director, Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA)

Mr. Coker retired as a Captain from the Hoover Police Department following a 35 year law enforcement career.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy; a graduate of the University of Alabama (undergraduate) and Faulkner University (graduate school) and is an adjunct professor at Faulkner University.  In September of 2014, he became the Jefferson County EMA Director.  Mr. Coker is also the Chairperson for the Alabama Mutual Aid System Advisory Council, and on the Greater Alabama Council Board of the Boy Scouts of America.  He served in the Alabama Army National Guard, and also as the Incident Commander (Central Alabama) for the Alabama Incident Management Team.

RSVP Here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/infragard-birmingham-member-alliance-april-meeting-jefferson-county-ema-county-wide-notification-tickets-24409982916)

Lunch Details

  • Lunch is available for purchase via Eventbrite and provided by LunchBox Express.
  • Lunch includes:  Any sandwich or wrap (Includes pickle spear, tortilla chips, homemade salsa with salad of the day OR homemade dessert), a drink (Water, Sweet Tea, Coke, Diet Coke or Sprite).

FAQs

Location: The Conference Center at Brasfield & Gorrie, 3201 7th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There are two visitor parking lots and ample, free street parking.

What is the refund policy?

Cancellation must be made through Eventbrite before Monday, April 11 at 11:30AM CT.  Refunds (minus any Eventbrite fees) will be acknowledged within 2 business days and can take up to 5 days to process.

What if I can’t attended, but I purchased a lunch?

Any lunches left over at the end of the meeting (1:00 PM CT) will be donated to the Chapter.  We cannot carry over payments to the next month meeting.

Can I bring my own lunch?

Absolutely!  If you did not order a lunch, feel free to bring your own.

Will there be any extra lunches (that can be bought at the door)?

No.  Lunches are made to order.

Categories: Meeting Announcements

March 8: Cyber Threatscape… experiences and perspectives from a local agent

March 2, 2016 Comments off

InfraGard Birmingham Member Alliance March 2016 Meeting

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Meeting Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Topic: Cyber Threatscape

An overview of the Cyber threatscape followed by experiences and perspectives from a local agent.

Presenter: Local Agent, FBI Field Office, Birmingham, AL

 

RSVP Here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/infragard-birmingham-member-alliance-march-meeting-cyber-threatscape-experiences-and-perspectives-tickets-22509315970)

Lunch Details

  • Lunch is available for purchase via Eventbrite and provided by LunchBox Express.
  • Lunch includes:  Any sandwich or wrap (Includes pickle spear, tortilla chips, homemade salsa with salad of the day OR homemade dessert), a drink (Water, Sweet Tea, Coke, Diet Coke or Sprite).

FAQs

Location:
The Conference Center at Brasfield & Gorrie, 3201 7th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There are two visitor parking lots and ample, free street parking.

What is the refund policy?
Cancellation must be made through Eventbrite before Monday, March 7 at 11:30AM CT.  Refunds (minus any Eventbrite fees) will be acknowledged within 2 business days and can take up to 5 days to process.

What if I can’t attended, but I purchased a lunch?
Any lunches left over at the end of the meeting (1:00 PM CT) will be donated to the Chapter.  We cannot carry over payments to the next month meeting.

Can I bring my own lunch?
Absolutely!  If you did not order a lunch, feel free to bring your own.

Will there be any extra lunches (that can be bought at the door)?
No.  Lunches are made to order.

Categories: Meeting Announcements

February 9: A Glimpse Inside the Insider Threat

February 1, 2016 Comments off

Topic:  A Glimpse Inside the Insider Threat

Update from a thirty year Intelligence Community veteran social & behavioral scientist’s research on better detecting, assessing, defending and defeating the insidious threat posed to all organizations from one of its closest and most trusted insiders.

Social Media Analytics – https://www.dropbox.com/s/x3dfi9l1l9sn31p/CW15-John2.mp4?dl=0
The New Air University – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgqqoI0fgxA&authuser=0

Presenter:  John Grimes, JD

1 March 2015 marked the first day in over thirty years that John Grimes was no longer in the exclusive employ of any state or federal governmental agency when he launched Cyber.Kinetic.Weaponry, a subsidiary of Grimes Professional Corporation.

From 1 May 2012 until then John served the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research as its first Director of Intelligence Analytics. He had only returned to campus the previous February after serving for 18 months as the Senior Intelligence Officer (Forward) with the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) and the University of Virginia, in both Afghanistan and Charlottesville, VA. While forward deployed and based in Kabul, AFG John directed 180 NGIC intelligence agents and analysts for all of calendar 2011 across NGIC’s science and technology programs of record including Counterinsurgency Targeting, Biometrics, Domain (i.e., document, cell phone, pocket litter, etc.) Exploitation, Weapons Technical Intelligence and Anti-Armor Analysis providing direct support to ISAF & INTERPOL.

Prior to this deployment, John also deployed as the Senior Intelligence Officer in the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 2002-2003 where he directed the intelligence operations for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan (all Army Green Berets, Navy Seals, Air Force SOF and Marine Corps Reconnaissance personnel). During his thirty years in uniform as a member of all three components of the US Army, he also served as a member of the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) instructing courses in Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Criminal Investigation where he also coached the UAB Mock Trial Team (Nat. Champion 2006) between deployments.

Colonel Grimes is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Sniper/Ranger, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Defense Against Methods of Entry (DAME), Special Security Officer, and Psychological Operations Officer schools. He is a graduate of the Command and General’s Staff College (Commandant’s List) and is an Advanced Course graduate and branch qualified in Infantry, Military Intelligence, Civil Affairs, and Judge Advocate. His awards and decorations include the NATO Badge, Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Excellence in Competition Bronze Medal, Pistol. COL Grimes is also rated as a by the FAA as a Commercial Pilot in both Single & Multi-Engine Fixed Wing and Helicopter, with Instrument Rating.

John’s Blazer Roots run deep being a native of Birmingham, Alabama where he graduated from Ramsay High School in 1972, the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1976 and Cumberland School of Law in 1981.

RSVP Here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/infragard-birmingham-member-alliance-february-meeting-a-glimpse-inside-the-insider-threat-tickets-21220645522)

Lunch Details

  • Lunch (Charhouse) provided by Brasfield & Gorrie (if you RSVP by Feb 5th)
  • RSVP after Feb 5, feel free to bring your own lunch

FAQs:

Location / Building?

  • Brasfield & Gorrie – Main Building – Multi-purpose Room
  • Seating is limited… so please sign-up early.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

  • There are two visitor parking lots and ample, free street parking.

Can I bring my own lunch?

  • Absolutely!
Categories: Meeting Announcements

December 8: Cyber Security Challenges in the Financial Services Industry

December 4, 2015 Comments off

Birmingham InfraGard Meeting

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Meeting Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Topic: Cyber Security Challenges in the Financial Services Industry

Regions Bank recently hosted a US Congressman, sharing with him the cyber security challenges facing financial services and what steps banks are taking to better protect themselves and their customers.  Regions’ CISO will provide highlights from that presentation.

Presenter: Jeff Kennedy, CISO, Regions Bank

Jeff joined Regions in January 2015 serving as Chief Information Security Officer. Regions is a top U.S. bank-holding company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with $122 billion in assets, operating approximately 1,650 banking offices in 16 states.

Previously, Jeff was the Director of Operational Risk at BOK Financial Corporation, where he was responsible for Information Security, Corporate Purchasing, IT Risk Management and Enterprise Operational Risk Management.  Jeff started his career at Synovus, spending 21 years with the company.  The last 5 years he served as the IT Group Executive, where he was responsible for all aspects of technology strategy and delivery.

Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia and is a Certified Public Accountant.

RSVP Here (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/infragard-birmingham-member-alliance-december-meeting-cyber-security-challenges-in-the-financial-tickets-19848318856)

Lunch Details

  • Lunch is available for purchase via Eventbrite and provided by LunchBox Express.
  • Lunch includes:  Any sandwich or wrap (Includes pickle spear, tortilla chips, homemade salsa with salad of the day OR homemade dessert), a drink (Water, Sweet Tea, Coke, Diet Coke or Sprite).

FAQs

Location: The Conference Center at Brasfield & Gorrie, 3201 7th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There are two visitor parking lots and ample, free street parking.

What is the refund policy?

Cancellation must be made through Eventbrite before Friday, December 7 at 9AM CT.  Refunds (minus any Eventbrite fees) will be acknowledged within 2 business days and can take up to 5 days to process.

What if I can’t attended, but I purchased a lunch?

Any lunches left over at the end of the meeting (1:00 PM CT) will be donated to the Chapter.  We cannot carry over payments to the next month meeting.

Can I bring my own lunch?

Absolutely!  If you did not order a lunch, feel free to bring your own.

Will there be any extra lunches (that can be bought at the door)?

No.  Lunches are made to order.

Categories: Meeting Announcements