ISSA February Meeting

The next meeting will be on Tuesday February 6th. Registration is at 10:30 am and the first presentation starts at 11:00 am. Lunch will be at noon and during lunch we will have our second presenter.

Our first presenter is Scott Hamilton is a Sr. Sales Engineer with Gigamon. Scott will be presenting ‘Packet Flow Switches and their Place in Security ‘.

A lot of people don’t know what a Packet Flow Switch (PFS) is and how it can help with providing both NetOps and SecOps with visibility throughout the network.  In this presentation I’d like to help you understand what a PFS can do for you and some of the “gotchas” that a good PFS and implementation can take care of.  Some things I’ll address are TAPs vs. SPANs/Mirror ports, Inline monitoring, monitoring in the virtual realm; VM, public and private cloud.  And then, talk about the features a good PFS solution should help with: de-duplicating packets, slicing, masking data, generating NetFlow data, SSL Decryption, Header Stripping and Adding, Application Session Filtering, load balancing across tools, and a few others.

Scott has more than 25 years engineering experience in multiple roles, Scott has worked with 100s of organizations in both pre- and post-sale engagements to understand and help solve their network performance management challenges. He balances both technical and business skills to advise clients about best practices and solutions for todays’ complex networks.

We’ll take a break around noon to grab some lunch then Srikrupa Srivatsan (Krupa), Senior Product Marketing Manager at Infoblox, will present ‘Securing your Infrastructure by using DNS.

Srikrupa has 18 years of experience in technology in various roles including software development, product management and product marketing. Currently, she is responsible for messaging, positioning and bringing to market Infoblox’s security solutions that ease security operations and provide DNS based security. She has an MBA from University of California, Haas School of Business and a Computer Science Engineering degree.

After the second presentation we will have the drawing for $50 AMEX gift card and lunch. The winner must be present to claim the prize or we will redraw.

There will be 2 CPE given to attendees of the lunch meetings.

Meeting location: The Gulf Tower; Gulf Theater. 707 Grant Street on the 3rd floor.

Cost: $10 for members of AITP, ARMA, InfraGard, ISACA, ISC2, ISSA, OWASP, Steel City InfoSec and TRCPA with advance registration
$15 for non-members with advance registration. $5 for students with advance registration

To register in advance for this meeting contact Mike Sotace at or phone (412) 995-7342. Deadline for advance registration is Friday February 2nd, there is an extra $5.00 charge for registration after this date.

BSides Pittsburgh

Mark your calendars. We are proud to announce that BSides Pittsburgh will be on Friday, June 22nd at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore of Pittsburgh this year. Our website at has been updated to reflect the new venue.

Visit our the Pittsburgh Chapter of ISSA website for more information on events in the area as well as copies of meeting presentations;

Mike SotacePresident of the Pittsburgh Chapter of ISSA