Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BSidesMSP SDR 101 Workshop Information

If you plan on stopping by the SDR 101 workshop at BSidesMSP this weekend, there are a few things to know to make sure sure you get the most out of your time.

First, if you plan on participating, please bring a Windows laptop (Win 7 or later, 32/64 bit) with at least 4 GB of RAM and an Intel i3 or higher-rated processor.  Atom-based laptops may struggle to keep up.  Linux and Mac OS laptops can work great for SDR, but we'll be focusing on Windows-based tools as they are the easiest for the newcomer to get started.  If you bring a Mac or Linux laptop, we'll be happy to discuss some of the SDR theory but we may not be able to help with your specific software.

Second, if you already own an SDR dongle, please bring it.  We will have some available to use during the workshop, available on a first come, first serve basis, but we may not have enough for everybody who is interested.

Third, we may not have internet service at the conference location, so if you can, please download the following software.  We will try to have some drives available locally with the necessary installers as well.
Please review the Quick Start Guide at rtl-sdr.com.  We will go through the software setup at the workshop, but if we do not have internet service, certain pieces of the SDR# installer, such as install-rtlsdr.bat will fail as it automatically downloads certain components.

Each day will start off with a short talk introducing SDR and covering some of the basic concepts you'll need to know to get started.  After that, we'll help you get the software installed and configured, and start working on some demos.  We will cover the topics below, but there should be plenty of time to explore the air waves and find new signals to analyze and play with.
  • Setting up and tuning your rtlsdr
  • Locating and identifying signals
  • Pager decoding
  • ADSB decoding
  • P25 voice decoding

Saturday, May 14, 2016

SDR 101 presentation from MISC.conf

Today I had the privilege of speaking at the first MISC.conf (http://www.misc.mn), where I discussed Software Defined Radio 101.  In this talk, I cover some of the basic hardware and software tools for getting into SDR, focusing on using SDR# in Windows.  I've provided some links to helpful resources to get you started.  In a later blog post, I'll try to outline some of the content that was discussed that isn't reflected in the slides.

The slides are available here.  http://www.slideshare.net/MikeSaunders4/sdr101presentationdistro

Monday, May 9, 2016

Detecting and Preventing the Insider Threat - 2016 ND IT Symposium

I've updated my deck for "Detecting and Preventing the Insider Threat," which was presented at the 2016 ND IT Symposium on May 4, 2016.  The slides can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/MikeSaunders4/insiderthreat2016ndits.  As always, feedback and questions are welcome and encouraged!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Detecting and Preventing the Insider Threat

Today I had the privilege of presenting at the ND Infragard chapter meeting.  The topic of the day was "the insider threat."  Jeremy Strozer of CERT.org's Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University set up the afternoon talking about the insider threat.  I followed with a presentation on detecting and preventing the insider threat from a defender perspective.  The slides can be found on my SlideShare page.  A big thanks to everybody who came out to listen and asked questions!


Friday, September 25, 2015

DerbyCon 2015 Presentation

Today I had the privilege of presenting at DerbyCon 2015 in the stable talk track.  My talk, "Detecting Spear Phishing Attacks Using DNS", was based on a blog post from earlier this year.  The turnout was excellent, the room was packed, and I had a great audience.  If you were there, thank you!

The slides for the talk have been uploaded to SlideShare.  You can find them here: Detecting Spear Phishing Attacks using DNS.

I'll be giving this talk again in November at BSides Winnipeg.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BSides MSP Presentations

Better late than never, I've got the presentations from BSides MSP uploaded.  These are updated versions of two previous presentations. As always, feel free to reach out with questions or comments.


You Will Be Breached

Is Your Data Literally Walking Out the Door?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

You Will Be Breached

Today, I had the chance to talk incident response at the North Dakota IT Symposium, where I shared my presentation - You've Been Breached.  Are you Prepared?

Data breaches are inevitable.  The need for effective incident response programs exists in all sizes of organizations.  How well you recover from a breach depends on how prepared you are to respond.

This talk is an updated version of my previous talk - You Will Be Breached.  This presentation covers the basics of building an incident response program, including several slides of resources useful to helping build an incident response program in your organization.

You can download my slides from Slideshare.

I'll also be presenting this talk at BSidesMSP in June.  Come join us for two days of infosec learning and sharing!