EventsAerstone on the Road!
In late April of 2015, Aerstone will be presenting a presentation at CS Week in Charlotte, NC on the FTC Red Flags Rule, and its applicability to the Utility industry. This rule requires companies under FTC jurisdiction, including financial institutions and certain creditor organizations, to develop an identity theft prevention program. Affected organizations must put early warning systems in place to detect the potential patterns, practices, or specific activities indicating the possibility of identity theft. Aerstone’s presentation, presented in conjunction with AAC Utility Partners and Bryan Texas Utilities, will help arm utility companies with the information they need to define the Red Flags that make sense for their organization — including credit agency alerts, suspicious documents, PII discrepancies, and suspicious account activity.
In early 2014, Aerstone exhibited at ShmooCon 2014, which is the annual east coast hacker convention. Our booth attracted tons of traffic from attendees interested in our Atari 2600, our theremin, and (of course) information about Aerstone’s cybersecurity services. We produced two contests for attendees to tackle: our ShmooCare website that participants had to fix in order to be able to register for healthcare <smile>, and our “Magic Encoder Challenge.” Congratulations to our winners — we’ll see you in January at ShmooCon 2015, with a new set of puzzles and challenges.
The OWASP Foundation’s flagship global conference is AppSec USA. As the single largest fundraising event OWASP hosts, AppSec USA is most than just another security conference. Proceeds directly benefit open source projects such as the OWASP Top Ten, the Cheat Sheet series, Zed Attack Proxy, WebGoat, and more.
Aerstone was not only a sponsor of AppSec this year, but also highly engaged — as Aerstone employees were involved at all levels of planning. Mark Major was the director of the AppSec 2014 conference, Chris Campbell designed and led the development of the capture-the-flag exercise (“WaspNest CTF“), Jess Garrett organized the AppSec home brewed beer competition (“Code Brew“), and the rest of Aerstone’s Colorado employees all volunteered at the event.
On the presentation side of the house, Aerstone’s own Jon Pettyjohn was chosen as an AppSec speaker. Jon led an interactive presentation for developers and other IT professionals to demonstrate the benefits of the popular network scanner nmap, used by security professionals for decades. The objective was to show those unfamiliar with network scanning the value of this multi-purpose tool to developers, testers, admins, etc. Jon’s presentation included hands-on activities to allow attendees to use the tool against a variety of targets, simulating real-world scenarios and challenges.
To give back to the cybersecurity community, Aerstone invests integrally into organizations such as the OWASP Foundation and its supporting events. One such event is the Front Range OWASP Conference (“SnowFROC”), a multi-track track cybersecurity conference. Every year, hundreds of security professionals, application developers, and more descend on Denver, Colorado to participate.
In 2013 Aerstone was more than just the SnowFROC diamond sponsor. Our own Mark Major directed the conference, Jess Garrett led web development and speaker logistics, and every single member of Aerstone’s Colorado office volunteered during the event to make it the largest and most successful in SnowFROC history.