press-release dated 17 September 2014
(Entrance is behind St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, via reddish door on 16th St NW, NOT via Newton St NW).
There has been heightening awareness about online security over recent years. The Snowden revelations have made the topic gain prominence with the main stream media and the general public. Concerns have been further amplified by widely publicized personal data thefts from large companies’ systems, vulnerabilities found in widely used networking software, the growing inadequacy of passwords as a means to maintain data security, and the privacy concerns raised by social media corporations’ use of our lives’ data streams. The topic is one that renders otherwise informed people powerless with its confounding technical issues and what to do about them. The CryptoParty format is meant to help educate lay and expert communities, and provide a friendly place for ad hoc Q&A.
Local DC hackerspace, HacDC, is hosting its 3rd annual CryptoParty. This event is aimed at all levels of computer expertise including anyone interested in cryptography, securing their information and identity on the Internet, and in the socioeconomic issues surrounding data privacy.
Talks have been scheduled on strengthening the security of email, WiFi, passwords, web browsing, and more. Speakers on topics relevant to public policy and legislative agendas are in the pipeline. Mini-workshops will be conducted on setting up encrypted email, placing secure phone calls, password management, and more. Two tracks are planned for novice and expert participants, respectively.
RSVP on Meetup.com (not required but useful for planning purposes): meetup.com/hac-dc/events/187948232/
Event page at cryptoparty.in
Event Google Doc: http://goo.gl/jpazAQ
Arshad Noor is the CTO of StrongAuth, Inc., a Silicon Valley company focused on cryptographic key-management for more than 13 years. He has authored/designed open-source cryptographic tools: CSRTool, StrongKey, CryptoEngine and CryptoCabinet, written many papers/articles: Identity Protection Factor, Regulatory Compliant Cloud Computing, Data Encryption Infrastructure, etc. – and has spoken around the world at conferences hosted by RSA, NIST, ISACA, ISSA, ISSE, OWASP, CARTES, ABA and others.
Ben the Pyrate is a programmer, hacker, and social justice activist. Ben is a long time member of HacDC and one of the founding members of Project Byzantium. Having been obsessed with crypto since childhood, he is always looking for opportunities to share his passion for secret messages.
Hank Leininger has been breaking stuff and building stuff for a while. While playing defense, he wrote the HAP-Linux kernel hardening patches in the late ‘90s, which have been a part of GRSecurity since the 2.4 kernel series. In 2004 Mr Leininger co-founded KoreLogic, Inc., an expert security consulting practice. He does not have any interesting letters after his name.
Joe Klein, has played all roles in the security business over the last 30 years. As a researcher he developed the first IPv6 IDS, a Predictive Internet Threat Intelligence system, sensor networks security, hacked cars and other things that move, hacked time, and now runs a company creating the next generation security systems, based on biologically inspired methods and practices. He also has patents and provisionally patents including one in ‘Integrated cyber network security system and methods’. When not geeking on technology, life is about training for triathlons, hanging out with friends at ‘hacker spaces’ and conferences, and enjoying an amazing life.
Mark is currently the Chief of Incident Management for a Industrial Control Systems (ICS/SCADA) focused response team where he has served in a variety of roles for the past 6 years. Mark has previously done consulting in web application security, penetration testing and critical infrastructure security. Mark has a BS in Computer Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
Zak Zebrowski is a data miner, specializing in forensic database analysis. He is interested in all things Perl, and enjoys teaching.
HacDC is a member-operated community organization in Washington, D.C. devoted to collaboration in the creative use of technology. Founded in 2008 by a diverse group of engineers, artists, and hobbyists, HacDC hosts free and open activities to share knowledge, skills, and ideas. It features a meeting space and a workshop stocked with specialized tools and supplies useful for the collaborative development of technological and artistic projects. Visitors are encouraged to call before coming to make sure a member is available to show them around. +1.202-556-4225
HacDC is a District of Columbia Non-Profit Corporation, incorporated on March 26, 2008 (file number 280867), and organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.