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  • 14 Feb 2012 12:55 AM | Chris Sullo (Administrator)
    As you may know, we are planning the RVAsec conference for June 16, 2012. We have great lineup of speakers coming in from all over, and are starting to post that info. 

    We have decided it would be sweet to have two half hour talks for local speakers, and do a mini call-for-papers.

    So, if you are interested, and are available on June 16... here's the info we need, in an email to info/@/rvasec.com:
    - your full name
    - handle, if you have one
    - talk title
    - talk abstract (500 words or less)
    - brief biography (150 words or less)
    - have you talked at conferences before?
    - have you given this talk elsewhere, and if so, where?
    - I have _______ I will send you as a bribe to get picked

    Depending on space, sponsors, etc., we may end up with more than 2 talks, but for now that's all we can plan for. As soon as the venue is locked down things may change!

    No company/vendor/software pitches, no non-free software releases, Richmond area locals only, and no whining if you don't get picked!

    We will contact you if we have follow-up questions, need more info, or want to further discuss your topic(s).

    Get your emails in by 3/15--that's all!
  • 02 Feb 2012 10:13 PM | Chris Sullo (Administrator)
    Thursday 1/26 marked a new milestone for richSEC: we had talks!

    Since richSEC's inception, having speaking events on a regular basis has always been on the roadmap. Thanks to Nick Popovich's coordination with 
    Rapid7, we were able to put together a great evening of talks and a fun social event at Capital Ale House (after they got the beverages flowing!). We had a great turnout of approximately 50 people from numerous Richmond companies. 

    Nick Popovitch put on an excellent live demonstration where he showed how a captive portal can be used for unauthorized access, Eden Martinez from Rapid7 presented "Pentesting Isn't Just for Pentesters Anymore," and I gave a presentation on Nikto, discussing some of the basic aspects and highlighted things to come in the upcoming release.

    We will definitely be putting on more events like this! If you are interested in speaking, sponsoring or know of potential sponsors, please contact us so we 
    can start planning.  

    In case you missed it, we hope to have video of the event up soon! 

    Please take a minute to complete the following quick survey about the event, whether you made it or not:

    Lastly, I'd also like to give a huge thank you to Ashley and Rapid7 for sponsoring us! 

    I look forward to seeing you all at the next event.
    -Chris

  • 19 Nov 2011 12:07 PM | Jake Kouns (Administrator)
    Thanks to everyone that came out to our last meeting.  It was a great turn out and everyone seemed to have a good time.  One thing that we have heard over and over is.. "We didn't know when the meeting was scheduled."  As part of the survey, one of the questions asked was if should we have a set date each month?  The results were mixed so we have not done so at this point.  However, at each meeting there have been suggestions such as sending out meeting invites and multiple reminders.  We did that for the November meeting and it seemed to work!

    Moving forward we are going to continue creating the event on the RichSec site as well as sending out meeting invites to get it on your calendar.  We apologize in advance for the RichSec spam, but it has been requested and appears to work.

    As always we value your opinions and feedback so let us know!
  • 15 Nov 2011 3:29 PM | Jake Kouns (Administrator)
    Just a quick reminder that our next meet and greet for RichSec is Thursday, 11/17 @ 6pm.
    You can find all the details about the event here:

    If you plan to attend it would help if you register so we have an idea on the number of people attending.
    But if you don't have a chance for any reason, it's not an issue--just show up!

    We are also extremely pleased to announce and want to thank Guidance Software, Inc for generously sponsoring this event. Thanks for the support!  

    Look forward to seeing everyone and help spread the word about the event!
  • 29 Aug 2011 1:08 PM | Jake Kouns (Administrator)
    Just a quick reminder that our next meet and greet for RichSec is tomorrow Tuesday, 8/30 @ 6pm.
    You can find all the details about the event here:

    If you plan to attend it would help if you register so we have an idea on the number of people attending.
    But if you don't have a chance for any reason, it's not an issue--just show up!

    We are also extremely pleased to announce and want to thank CXI for generously sponsoring this event. Thanks for the support!  

    We also want to thank Finn McCool's Irish Pub for hosting the event again.

    We have a few tables reserved, but depending on the number of people we may need more--so please register if you have a minute.

    Also, if you haven't had a chance yet please take a moment to complete the survey.  We want to make sure we build RichSec into an organization that properly server the security community.

    Thanks, and we look forward to seeing everyone again and meeting new people!
  • 02 Aug 2011 12:52 PM | Deleted user

    We had some discussions during the first meeting about where to hold future meetings and what to do during the meetings. That discussion has moved to the forum. Additionally, we want to solicit some targeted feedback in the form of a survey. It should only take a few minutes and your answers will help shape the community into something we all find useful.  Click here to take the survey now!


    If you have further feedback please feel free to email us!

  • 14 Jul 2011 9:10 PM | Chris Sullo (Administrator)
    Thanks to everyone who attended the first RichSec meeting last week. If you couldn't make it, or have joined since then, don't worry--we've already got the next few months' dates reserved so take a look at the calendar. August's date is a bit more than a month out since several of us are traveling early in the month for BlackHat/Defcon/Bsides in Vegas.  But it's scheduled, so reserve the night!

    We had a good turnout for our first meeting--fifteen by my count--and it was a good mix of people with various levels of experience in the security industry--all the way from those of us with more than a few years under our belts to those looking to get into the security business. The venue was good for talking (thanks to Finn McCool's for reserving several tables for us) and the price was right (thanks to Udig for picking up the tab!) All in all, it was a good evening and I'm glad to have met a few more people in the local tech community.

    Since the meeting, the forums have been active, so be sure to login and take a look. If you're heading out to Vegas next month be sure to post there and we'll see if we can meet up in the City of Sin. On the top right of each section is a 'subscribe' link which will notify you of new threads, or in each thread there is a 'subscribe to thread' which will notify you of new posts--it won't happen automatically, unfortunately. You can also set your notification prefs (frequency, etc.), by editing your profile.

    We had some discussions about where to hold future meetings and what to do during them, and that discussion has moved to the forum. However, Jake & I thought it would also be a good idea to solicit some targeted feedback in the form of a survey. This will help shape the community into something we all find useful, whether we are new to the industry or an "old hat" like me. Look for an email on this in the next day or two. In the meantime, take a minute to log in and check out the forum, or register for one of the next meetings!

    -Chris
  • 05 Jul 2011 11:13 PM | Jake Kouns (Administrator)
    Just a quick reminder that our first meet and greet for RichSec is this Thursday, 7/7 @ 6pm.
    You can find all the details about the event here:

    If you plan to attend it would help if you register so we have an idea on the number of people attending.
    But if you don't have a chance for any reason, it's not an issue--just show up!

    We are also extremely pleased to announce and want to thank UDig for generously sponsoring a portion of our first event.  Thanks for the support!  

    We also want to thank Finn McCool's Irish Pub for hosting the event. They have agreed to provide us a happy hour menu from 6-8 PM which includes $2 Finn's brew, $2.25 domestic drafts & bottles and specials on wine, drinks and appetizers.

    We have a few tables reserved, but depending on the number of people we may need more--so please register if you have a minute.

    Thanks, and we look forward to meeting everyone!
  • 01 Jun 2011 11:27 PM | Chris Sullo (Administrator)

    Richmond is small for a "big city," and as a result we have a serious lack of security organizations or gatherings. Perhaps because we’re a little too close to D.C. we don’t even have the standard fare for a metropolitan area: 2600 meetings, OWASP meetings or even a DEFCON Group. Our highlights are the local ISSA/ISACA chapters and Hack.RVA--all of whom excel in their spaces, but aren’t quite right for many of us. 

    RichSec is going to change that.

    The goal for RichSec is to create a community whose local members generate and share ideas, network with one another, and generally work to grow their own knowledge & careers while helping others do the same. Not as stuffy as a typical business organization, and not as disorganized as an informal gathering, RichSec will strive for a hybrid approach that can attract serious speakers and talks while also encouraging members to get up and speak in a comfortable and relaxed environment. We’ll cover the technical and the business aspects of security, so no matter which end of the spectrum you fall in you will hopefully learn something new. 

    Our core goals are:

    • Build a community and forum for local security professionals to talk openly in a relaxed environment
    • List local, security-specific jobs for security-related job-seekers
    • Sponsor or create local security events

    Between the industry-wide growth of the security profession and the influx of security jobs in the local market (many at the new GE security center), Richmond is poised to become a hub in the space. Building a strong community in the area will help solidify that growth and make industry leaders of the members. If a lesson can be learned from the rapid growth of security startups in Atlanta, it’s that networking and knowing the right people is just as important as excelling at security work. With your participation and input, RichSec will be that network.

    Stay tuned for details on our first meeting--please sign up for a member account (not-SSL--we know & are working on it with our provider) or the newsletter, so we can notify you when a venue and date have been selected. If you have suggestions about meeting spaces or are interested in giving a short talk, please register and head over to the discussion forum to speak up.

    Don’t forget that the job board and feeds are live, so if you’re "on the market" you may want to check it out!

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