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It was an excellent AITP Region 18 conference Oct 6-8, 2017 in Charleston, WV. It was made all the better because of the six La Roche College students that were present. Had they not won a thing, just their presence and humble demeanor would have made me proud to be in the parent chapter representing them. It was just such a pleasure talking with them this weekend.

There were two rigorous student contests, a network design contest and a programming contest. The student teams had two hours to complete each of the contests, no easy task but the La Roche student teams swept them both!! Professor Edge was very impressed for what these teams accomplished in the allotted time.


Network design.
AITP: Carolyn Walters, Brenda Angle, Prof Irene Edge (Kent State Ashtabula),
La Roche: Angela Cisneros, Mohammad Sohail, Kenneth Swegman

 

 

Programming contest.
AITP: Carolyn Walters, Brenda Angle, Prof Irene Edge (Kent State Ashtabula),
La Roche: Jigar Prajapati (student chapter president), Hemang Sharma, Antonio Munoz

 

Congrats to Angela, Mohammad, Kenneth, Jigar, Hemang and Antonio. Congrats also to Dr Michaela Noakes and everyone at La Roche College for helping to shape these students into young professionals.

 

 

Harvey Schoenman
AITP Pittsburgh Chapter board member
AITP Region 18 past president

As promised, following is a link to an excellent article on Reddit pertaining to the Equifax data breach and steps you should take (and not take) now.

Reddit article

AITP Pittsburgh Chapter October Meeting

Date:             Tuesday October 3rd, 2017
Time:             6:00 pm  Dinner/ Networking Presentation 7:30pm
Where:          La Roche College – Use main entrance at Zappala.  
                      Go downs stairs to Ryan Room – Signs will direct you. 
Address:       9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh (N. Hills), Pa. 15237

Parking:        Available             

RSVP to aitp.pgh@gmail.com.
Include: Name, Company or Major if a student, Email Address

Presentation Details

TITLE:

  • In Demand Certifications: How to Make a Redhawk Soar

DESCRIPTION:

  • This seminar will review popular IT and business certifications and will address the value and importance of certifications in the business world.

AGENDA:

  • Introductions
  • The Value of Certifications
  • IT Certifications
  • Project Management Certifications
  • Other Certifications
  • Preparing for Certifications
  • Q/A

Dr. Denis Rudd II

Dennis RuddDenis is the General Manager at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Pittsburgh. He has been with New Horizons since 2003 and prior to coming to New Horizons he was a high school teacher, financial associate, corporate trainer, and currently teaches as an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities in the Pittsburgh area. He is currently researching the quality characteristics of online synchronous training, humor in online classes, and is refining his KIP Model (Knowledge, Interaction, and Personality) of Online Training. Denis has a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Education, a Master’s of Science in Communication and Information Systems, a Master’s of Science in Management Information Systems, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Management and Leadership.

RSVP to aitp.pgh@gmail.com.
Include: Name, Company or Major if a student, Email Address

Our originally scheduled speaker, Dan Veres, will be out of town for work on September 18th.

We are very fortunate to secure Dr Denis Rudd and Brian Cochenour from New Horizons Computer Learning Center as our speakers. The topic will be Cyber Security: Everyone Applies. Dr Rudd has been our presenter on a number of previous occasions and has always done a terrific job.

Our website is experiencing a hiccup and cannot presently be updated with the new meeting information (below).

Harvey


AITP Pittsburgh Chapter September Meeting

Cyber Security: Everyone Applies

Date:             Monday Sept 18th, 2017
Time:             5:30 pm
Where:          Birmingham Bridge Tavern, upstairs room.
Address:       2901 Sarah St, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15203
Parking:        Available all along Sarah St
Cost:             Only what you eat and drink.

RSVP to aitp.pgh@gmail.com.   Include: Name, Company, Email Address

Presentation Details

TITLE:

  • Cybersecurity: Everyone Applies

DESCRIPTION:

  • This session is designed for non-technical end-users of computers, mobile devices, networks, and the Internet, to enable you to use technology more securely to minimize digital risks.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Identifying the Need for Security
  • Securing Devices
  • Using the Internet Securely
  • Common Threats

CERTIFICATION ASSESSMENT:

http://logicaloperations.com/cybersafereadinesstest/

BIOs
Brian CochenourBrian Cochenour
Brian is a Senior Technical Trainer at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Pittsburgh. He has been with New Horizons since 2008 and prior to coming to New Horizons he was a system administrator, a trainer for tech support, fraud specialist, and Technical service representative. Brian first started off as an Applications trainer, but with his background he soon transitioned into the more technical areas. With his background in both end user and corporate technical environments, Brian is able to break down complicated theories into easy to follow lessons. This along with the examples he brings to class have allowed him to branch out into several areas of expertise, including: SharePoint, Microsoft Server, Windows, Networking, and Security. From Cisco to Certified Ethical Hacking, Brian is dedicated to helping his student achieve their goals while also making sure they have some fun along the way. Brian has a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Sciences and Technology. He has a lengthy list of certifications below:

MCT, MCTS: WSS3.0 / MOSS2007 / SP2010 / Win7, MCITP: EDST7 / EDA7 / SP2010,
MCP, MOS, MCAS, MCSA: Win7 / Win8 / Server 2012 / Server 2016, MCSA: Office 365, MCSA: SharePoint 2016, A+, NET+, Security+, ACE, CEH, CEI, CCENT, CCNA, CCNA-S, CCSI

Dr. Denis Rudd IIDennis Rudd
Denis is the General Manager at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Pittsburgh. He has been with New Horizons since 2003 and prior to coming to New Horizons he was a high school teacher, financial associate, corporate trainer, and currently teaches as an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities in the Pittsburgh area. He is currently researching the quality characteristics of online synchronous training, humor in online classes, and is refining his KIP Model (Knowledge, Interaction, and Personality) of Online Training. Denis has a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Education, a Master’s of Science in Communication and Information Systems, a Master’s of Science in Management Information Systems, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Management and Leadership.

RSVP to aitp.pgh@gmail.com.   Include: Name, Company, Email Address

The next chapter meeting will be on Tuesday April 4th. Registration is at 10:30 am and the meeting starts at 11:00 am and lunch will be at noon.

John Pollack, Senior Sales Engineer at Gigamon, will present ‘Harnessing the Power of Metadata for Security’. This presentation will cover; The Big Data Problem in Security, Disrupting the Attacker Kill Chain, the Case for Metadata, an example of a Metadata Engine and Consumers of Metadata.

John is a seasoned technology professional with extensive experience working with organizations ranging from Small/Medium Enterprises to Fortune 500 companies in all business verticals. He works with companies to design and implement Visibility Fabric Platforms integrating Security, Network and Application Performance, and Virtual/Cloud based solutions.

We’ll take a break around noon to grab some lunch and then Joe Wynn, President of WynnSecure, LLC and Co-founder, CEO of Seiso, LLC. will present ‘Improving Your Security Program Success with a Security Management Framework

In this session we will discuss methods for improving and running a successful security program.  A program has a hard chance of being successful if it isn’t funded.  You are not going to obtain funding if you can’t communicate to management what you need to successfully execute the security functions.  But that won’t be enough.  You also have to be able to explain what is at risk of not getting done (and probably isn’t getting done).  Finally, you will need to ensure that risks are appropriately documented and you have a way for organizational leadership to know the risks they are accepting and what risks they want to invest in.

We will talk about a way to document your security management framework to ease your efforts in demonstrating your program.

Joe founded WynnSecure, LLC in early 2016 and co-founded Seiso, LLC in 2017 to provide information security and Chief Information Security Officer (“CISO”) services to organizations of all sizes.  He is responsible for the delivery of executive level information security strategy.  He has held positions of CISO in the energy and higher education sectors where he built service-based and business-strategy aligned information security programs.

Joe has over 25 years of experience in information technology and has specialized in building information security programs, compliance, and audit and for the past 20 years.  Joe holds a BS in Computer Science from Duquesne University, a Master’s degree in Public Management at Carnegie Mellon University, and has a CISSP certification.

After the 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 mpsotace@edmc.edu or phone (412) 995-7342.

Deadline for advance registration is Friday March 31st, there is an extra $5.00 charge for registration after this date.

March Presentation

The March presentation, Information Security Law Update, by Dave Reis, have been uploaded on the Archive page

Forensic Fridays

Digital Forensics in the Courts
A Legal and Technical Update

Friday, March 24, 2017

1 – 4:30 p.m.
Room 204 | Duquesne University School of Law

(and ONLINE)

The evidence in today’s civil and criminal cases – both of a routine nature and as “smoking guns” – is increasingly digital. From smartphones and tablets to social media and the cloud to what is now being referred to as the “IoT,” or “Internet of Things,” the volume and importance of such evidence continues to grow exponentially.

This afternoon seminar will explore current technical, practical and legal issues in locating and acquiring digital data and meeting requirements for its admissibility in court. Speakers will include attorney David G. Ries of Clark Hill, PLC and digital forensic expert Brett Creasy of bit-x-bit, along with academic and law enforcement speakers.

This program is approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board for 3 hours of substantive CLE credit.

Registration

Register to attend in Person

Register for Distance Learning Program

Mike Sotace, CBCP, CISSP
Security Analyst III
Education Management Corp.
1500 Penn  Ave.
Pittsburgh Pa. 15222

(412) 518-4004