Wednesday, August 30, 2006


I forgot to mention that there's a Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) chapter for NoVA. It looks like they meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month.

Monday, August 28, 2006

NoVA Sec First Meeting Pictures

Paul Zedeck was kind enough to send the following pictures from the first NoVA Sec meeting last week. In the first picture, I'm caught demonstrating the proper posture one should assume while holding a Thinkpad laptop. As you can see, we were not allowed to hold our meeting inside the Panera Bread. Not really, just kidding. Here you can get a sense of the number of people that attended the meeting. We probably had 25 people. It was a really nice night to sit outside. I believe we will hold the next meeting at a managed security services provider in the NoVA area. I'd like to know if anyone inside wondered what 25 people were doing outside their restaurant.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Thanks for Great First NoVA Sec

Thanks to everyone who participated in the first NoVA Sec meeting last night. I figure we had about 25 people show up. I'll work on selecting a date for the next meeting. I'll also work on a presentation about FreeBSD for the next meeting.

Paul promised to email the pictures he took. When I get them I'll post a few here.

Ken asked about learning penetration testing. The main public resource I know is Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual.

For those of you who didn't participate, the "formal" meeting lasted about an hour (7 to 8 pm) and the informal part another hour. We talked about future possibilities, group interests, and security issues in our area. Wireless, Minix, and analyst training were other issues. We raffled four books I brought, and I would request that those of you who won a book please review it at This will make the publishers glad to send us books (assuming the books are any good).

Thank you!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

First NoVA Sec Meeting 1900 Thu 24 Aug 06

Let's hold the first NoVA Sec meeting at 1900 on Thursday, 24 August 2006 at the Panera Bread at:

Fairfax Towne Center
12120 Fairfax Towne Center
Fairfax, VA 22033
Tel: (703) 246-0056

This place has free wireless.

The price of admission is a laptop running something other than Microsoft Windows. Whoever brings the most exotic OS on their laptop will get a free book from my stash of books that publishers send me to review. The winner will be decided by an attendee vote. See you there!