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Upstate SC ISSA
The Global Voice of Information Security

Why Upstate SC ISSA?
  • Involved Local Information Security Professionals
  • Learning Opportunities for All Members
  • Monthly Chapter Meetings for Learning & Sharing
  • Real World Resources with Practical Experience
  • Exciting "Hack the Flag" Learning Sessions
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits for CISSP Certification
Next Chapter Meeting - Friday, August 10th, 2018 - 11:30AM to 12:30PM (w/ Lunch @ 11AM)
Our next Upstate SC ISSA Chapter meeting will be held at ECPI, just a few minutes off I-385 and the Roper Mountain exit. ECPI is located at 1001 Keys Drive #100, Greenville, SC 29615. For directions, please visit /directions.htm. The meeting will cover:

  • Presentation: Using Tactical Honeypots for Network Security Monitoring (w/ Signed Books for Door Prizes)
    A strong detection and response capability is required for the success of security program because prevention eventually fails and a motivated attacker can always find a way in. However, economics are not in favor of network security monitoring (NSM). Due to the hardware, software, and labor required it's expensive to deploy an NSM capability and hire qualified analysts to maintain and investigate the high volume of alerts, especially at scale. In this presentation, I'll discuss how honeypots are re-emerging as a practical solution for driving down the cost of network security monitoring. These aren't your traditional honeypots meant to sit outside the firewall to research automated malware. These are focused, use case specific honeypots that are designed to provide detection with a favorable signal to noise ratio. By integrating honeypots into your NSM strategy and taking a targeted approach, a grid of honeypots can realistically become your most cost effective detection tool. Chris will make the case for honeypots like these and discuss implementation strategies that I've seen work. You should come away from this presentation with a unique perspective on honeypots and an actionable plan you can use to start evaluating and deploying tactical honeypots in your network.

    About the Presenter - Chris Sanders
    Chris is an information security author, trainer, and researcher originally from Mayfield, KY but now living in Gainesville, GA. He is the founder of Applied Network Defense, a company focused on delivering high quality, accessible information security training. In previous roles, Chris worked with the US Department of Defense, InGuardians, and Mandiant to build security operation centers and train practitioners focused on defending defense, government, and Fortune 500 networks. Chris is also the founder and director of the Rural Technology Fund, a non-profit that donates scholarships and equipment to public schools to further technical education in rural and high poverty areas. In 2016, the RTF put computer science education resources into the hands of over 10,000 students.

    Chris has authored several books and articles, including the international best seller "Practical Packet Analysis" from No Starch Press, currently in its third edition and in seven languages, and "Applied Network Security Monitoring" from Syngress. His current research focus is the intersection of cyber defense and cognitive psychology to enhance the field of security investigative technique through a better understanding of the human thought and learning processes.

    Chris blogs at You can learn more about Applied Network Defense at and the RTF at

  • Lunch
  • * Lunch is free for all attendees courtesy of our ISSA Chapter! If you'd like to eat lunch with us, please RSVP by sending an email to


We want to hear from YOU on how we can make the Chapter your local Information Security source in the coming year!  More learning seminars?  Studying for your CISSP? Or Security+?  Want to play "Hack the Flag"?  Try your hand at "InfoSec Jeopardy"?

Email us at and let us know what you want to see for Upstate SC ISSA in 2016 and beyond!

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