Threat Modeling Potentially Vulnerable Devices

October 15, 2014 by · Comments Off
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On Wednesday,12 November 2014, Brian Knopf will discuss
Threat Modeling My Wife: How a security researcher deals with potentially vulnerable devices that provide high quality of life improvements.

Abstract

This talk discusses what I went through when my wife needed to have a pain management device implanted in her back to make her mobile again. From building a threat model to weighing the benefits versus the potential risk and how I overcame security paranoia to better her life. I will talk about the differences between these devices and other devices that have known wireless exploits. While cameras and other IoT devices can be compromised, there is not the same safety concern as when a device is necessary to provide quality of life. Unlike an insulin pump, there is no manual alternative available to make those with chronic pain mobile again.

About the Speaker

20 years of experience in IT, development, QA/QE, and security. Brian has built and managed QA, automation, security, and development teams for companies including Rapid7, MySpace, Youbet.com, eUniverse, and VeriTest. Currently the Director of Application Security at Belkin International responsible for SDL, PSIRT, security research, and pen testing of Belkin and Linksys Networking, WeMo (home automation), and SMB products. This includes security of hardware, firmware, mobile applications, and cloud environments. Prior to Belkin, Brian spent 3 years building Nexpose, the leading Vulnerability Management product at Rapid7.

Meeting Info

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Pizza and networking:  6:30 PM
Presentation, Q&A:  7:00 PM

Location:
Richter Auditorium, Ahmanson Science Center
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

Parking:  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots.  Free parking is available in the visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.

Additional maps:  http://www.ieee-bv-cs.org/meetings/

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FIRST Robotics – Newbury Park High School Robotics Team

April 28, 2014 by · Comments Off
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Team Photo 2014On Wednesday, 14 May 2014, the Newbury Park High School Robotics Club returns to discuss their recent participation in the Los Angeles Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Abstract

FIRST is the largest national robotics competitions of its kind at the high school level.  Students have only six weeks to design, build, program, and test a robot to perform against a field of competitors.  The game, the rules and the robot specifications are different every year.  This year, the game was Aerial Assist.  Aerial Assist is played by two competing alliances of three robots each on a flat 25’ x 54’ foot field, straddled by a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor. The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a 2.5 minute match.

In this competition, students get to:
Work alongside mentors who volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.
Build and compete with a robot of their own design.
Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware.
Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments.
Earn a chance to compete in the World Championship.
Qualify for over $19 million in college scholarships.

We will hear a short presentation in the lecture hall, followed (weather permitting) by an extended demonstration and Q&A outside.  This is an excellent opportunity to get kids interested in science and engineering.

Meeting Info

Registration:  Meetings are free and open to the public.  Please register to attend.  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/25985

Pizza and networking:  6:30 PM
Presentation, Q&A:  7:00 PM

Location:
Richter Auditorium, Ahmanson Science Center
California Lutheran University
60 West Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

Parking:  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots.  Free parking is available in the visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.

Additional maps:  http://www.ieee-bv-cs.org/meetings/

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Information Security and Patient Privacy in the Biopharma Industry

March 13, 2014 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Computer, Events, Security 

On Wednesday, 26 March 2014, Spencer Mott will discuss Information Security and Patient Privacy in the Biopharma Industry.  This is a joint meeting of the Buenaventura chapters of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and IEEE Computer Society.

Abstract

Spencer Mott, Chief Information Security Officer at Amgen will provide a stimulating presentation on information security, patient privacy, and the Biopharma Industry.

About the Speaker

Spencer Mott is Amgen’s Chief Information Security Officer, and Vice President, Information Systems.  Prior to Amgen, Spencer spent six years at Electronic Arts, fifteen years in the Metropolitan Police (London, U.K.), and five years in media and copyright protection for a major film copyright trade association.

Meeting Info

Registration:  No registration is required for this event.  Since this is a joint EMBS/Computer meeting, instead of our usual pizza, we will be offering an optional sit-down buffet-style dinner at 6 PM for $10.

Dinner (optional, $10):  6:00 PM
Hot topics of interest:  6:45 PM
Main presentation:  7:00 PM

Location: Richter Auditorium, Ahmanson Science Center, California Lutheran University

Parking:  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots.  Free parking is available in the visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.

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Writing Software for Consumers and Employers using LiveCode

October 28, 2013 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Computer, Events, Software Development 

On Wednesday, 13 November 2013, Bill Vlahos will discuss Writing Software for Consumers and Employers using LiveCode.

Abstract

Many jobs in the IT field can be greatly enhanced if you know how to write software or scripting. LiveCode is a 4th generation rapid application development environment that works on Macintosh, Windows, and Linux; and can build executable applications for Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iPhones, iPads, and Android.  LiveCode syntax is very English-like and easy to understand, yet it can make very powerful and fast compiled applications.  Bill Vlahos will talk about writing software using LiveCode, and how that can benefit you.

About the Speaker

Bill Vlahos has most recently been IT Manager and Network Manager at AeroVironment for 10 years, and in various IT positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 13 years before that.  He has written the commercial consumer software application InfoWallet, the LiveCode IDE Task List plugin IcTaskList, and many in-house applications using the LiveCode software development platform.

Meeting Info

Registration:  Meetings are free and open to the public.  Please register to attend.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/21635

Pizza and networking:  6:30 PM
Presentation, Q&A:  7:00 PM

Location: Richter Auditorium, Ahmanson Science Center, California Lutheran University

Parking:  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots.  Free parking is available in the visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.

Additional maps:  http://www.ieee-bv-cs.org/meetings/

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FIRST Robotics – High School Robotics Competition – Joint Computer/EMBS/Robotics

April 28, 2013 by · Comments Off
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On Wednesday, 15 May 2013, the Newbury Park Robotics Club returns to discuss their recent participation in the Los Angeles Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Abstract

FIRST is the largest national robotics competitions of it’s kind at the high school level.  Students are given a short 6 weeks to design, build, program, and test a 140lb robot to play a game in cooperation with 3 other robots on a team against another team of 3 robots.  The game, the rules and the robot specifications are different every year.  This year, the game was Ultimate Ascent, which is played by on a flat, 27 x 54 foot field. Each team competes to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a match.

Students get to:
Work alongside mentors who volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.
Build and compete with a robot of their own design.
Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware.
Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments.
Earn a chance to compete in the World Championship.
Qualify for over $16 million in college scholarships.

The team will give us a short presentation in the lecture hall, followed (weather permitting) by an extended demonstration and Q&A outside.  This is an excellent opportunity to get kids interested in science and engineering.

Meeting Info

Registration:  Please register to attend.
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/18455
Since this is a joint Computer/EMBS/Robotics meeting, we will be offering an optional sit-down buffet-style dinner at 6 PM for $10 ($5 for students).

Dinner (optional, $10): 6:00 PM
Presentation only (free): 7:00 PM

Location: Richter Auditorium, Ahmanson Science Center, California Lutheran University

Parking:  Do not park in the faculty/staff lots.  Free parking is available in the visitor lot at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.  Alternatively, CLU Public Safety has provided us with parking passes for on street parking.

Additional maps:  http://www.ieee-bv-cs.org/meetings/

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