Columbia's Information Security Group

A free and informal gathering of information security professionals and enthusiasts in Columbia, South Carolina at the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM.

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2019 Presentation Roster


TTP Safari: Taking a Look at Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures Being Used in the Wild presented by Brandon Poole.

In order to be successful defenders we must know what our adversaries are doing hence the adage "offense must inform defense". During this talk we will discuss some of the TTP adversaries are using today in the wild to get into our networks as well as controls that can be implemented to detect or prevent the TTPs. Talk will end on discussion on MITIRE ATT&CK framework and how to test for gaps in your current security controls.

Brandon is a Detection Engineer at Red Canary, who spends most of his time analyzing, researching, and developing methods to detect evil on endpoints. Brandon's experience prior to Red Canary includes being an independent consultant for a large MSSP helping customers build SOCs, investigating and performing incident response for APT actors, and system/network administrator. Brandon is also a Mentor instructor for SANS.


OSINT: Breach Data, Ethics, and OpSec... Oh My! presented by Josh Huff.

What does breach data look like? Is breach data ethical? How can they be used? What does breach data teach us about privacy and security awareness? What can we do to protect our own data against a breach? Using real-world examples, we’ll discuss these questions and provide resources you can use to leverage breach data in your own investigation.


SOC Survival Guide: Analysis and Investigative Theory presented by Brandon Poole

Investigating security threats can for folks new to the SOC/DFIR roles in infosec. They often become overcome with thoughts such as "How can a deal with this massive volume of data/alerts?" or "What does evil look like?" or lastly "Where do I even start?!?!".

This talk is designed to provide models, processes, and common data pivots to help answer these questions and not just survive but thrive in an entry level SOC role. This presentation will end with a few common SIEM/IDS alerts so the group can apply what they have just been shown.


Multitasking Host Forensics presented by Beth Lancaster

Finding out how a host was compromised and/or what type of malware/exploit is present is a challenge. Dividing forensics tasks into processes that happen simultaneously can provide answers quicker.

Knowing how a host was compromised will help determine if other hosts on your network are vulnerable or have been compromised. This presentation will discuss strategies and steps for host based forensics focusing on things that can be done simultaneously. New analysts may feel overwhelmed at first with hosts forensics. Preparation and planning will help you respond quicker in a crisis. Strategies for what to examine first for a given situation can save valuable time. We will step through a typical situation that requires host forensics to attempt to identify the source of the exploit.

  • Acquire a memory dump

  • Pull network data from your SIEM

  • Pull the password hashes and start password cracking with tools such as John the Ripper and/or Hashcat

  • Review system log files Review application log files

  • Start running anti-virus on the image


The Modern State of Insecurity presented by Tom Collins and John Giglio

Online security can be a world of uncertainty: we’re facing a new wave of sophisticated threats, while still dealing with the same fundamental threats from decades ago (SQL injection, ransomware from the 80’s).

This presentation explains how security threats are evolving - and what we need to be especially conscious of in the modern era.


Breaking Into Banks Like A Boss presented by Brice Self

Is your money safe? Are the movies real? Can you dodge lasers, sneak through vents, and dress in disguise to steal millions of dollars? Yes. Yes, you can. Let me show you how I broke into banks with billions of dollars on the line through social engineering and bypassing physical security.


Validating Supply Chain Integrity Through Hardware Analysis presented by Mackenize Morris

Supply chain hardening becomes an unmanageable solution after the supply chain leaves your organization. With the rising number of contractors, subcontractors, overseas workers, and vendor customer relationships, managing the trust relationship between entities is impossible. In order to validate the supply chain an organization must test their hardware for outside interference when it arrives before moving into service.


Detectors as Code: Building Better Detectors presented by David Burkett

David Burkett is the Threat Intelligence Manager at Soteria a Security Solutions and Advisory company.

Detectors as Code is a practice of applying traditional DevOps practices to the detector logic used by an organizations security tools. By taking a DevOps approach to Detector development, you'll build in resilience to your detector logic, change control, version control, and have improved collaboration within security team.


Social Engineering 101: Scam School presented by Ralph Collum

Ralph Collum is an information security professional with over 13 years’ experience. He currently holds many different industry certifications in security. Mr. Collum specializes in Information Security Training and Consulting for Training Concepts and Rapid Defense Institute with a focus on information assurance and infrastructure management. He works with companies on risk management and vulnerability management, as well as penetration testing. His goal is to secure companies by educating them on the methods used by attackers, identifying vulnerabilities, and mitigating issues through appropriate levels of awareness and security.

Do you know what is the biggest security vulnerability within your organization today, people? Because of that, social engineering is one of the biggest security challenges facing organizations today. In this presentation you will learn about the latest threats, solutions, and how to defend against the threat of human hacking.


  • What is social engineering?

  • Why is it such an impact to organizations today?

  • Social Engineering Phases

  • Social Engineering Types and Designs

  • Countermeasures to Social Engineering

  • Questions and Answers


TBD - Interested in presenting? Head over to the CFP page to fill out a presentation application.


TBD - Interested in presenting? Head over to the CFP page to fill out a presentation application.


End of another great year at ColaSec. Join us at Conquest Brewery for a chili cookoff and beer!