Con Recovery

Wow, I kind of forgot about do an update to the Con ūüė¶ but,

¬†Shmoocon was great! Got to see old friends and make new ones. Presentation went great. I hope to do another next year but with some audience participation. More details to come but get your cannons ready. ūüėČ

Notacon was awesome as well. Met lots of people. It is always fun after the con when you send people LinkedIn friend requests. Thanks to everyone for helping make another great Con.


Shmoocon Paper Accepted

I’m speaking at Shmoocon.¬†

Check out Version 1 launcher video’s at :

¬†(Mad Props to Larry. I never would have done if he didn’t ask me or write cfp.)

Building the 2008 and 2009 ShmooBall Launchers

Larry Pesce and David Lauer

Its a series of tubes! Pneumatic tubes!

This talk will describe the infamous 2008 and new 2009 ShmooBall Launchers built by Larry, and introduce Dave’s 2009 design. This talk will include all of the steps behind the planning and building process for our launchers, as well as the history, and backgrounds for the design. We’ll talk about the methods of building, safety considerations for the operator, target and environment, selection of building materials, design considerations and testing. We’ll also discuss some of the construction issues, failures and reasons for what may be considered design flaws. Discussion will also be had about improvements made, and how we can improve for next year.

Larry Pesce (Chief Research Officer, PaulDotCom Enterprises) – In the last 13 years in the computer industry, Larry has become a jack of all trades, most recently focused on the computer security field. In addition to his industry experience, Larry is also a Security Evangelist and co-host for the PaulDotCom Security Weekly podcast at Larry is also Co-Author of “Linksys WRT54G Ultimate Hacking” and Contributing author of “Using Wireshark and Ethereal” and “How to cheat at configuring Open Source Security Tools”, all from Syngress publishing.

David Lauer has been involved in the computer industry since 1990. His broad background covers a large part of the IT industry. He began his career in programming and database development before he found his calling in networking and security (where his professional strengths and personal preferences mesh seamlessly). He has found that this knowledge of software development and database design often gives him a unique perspective on day-to-day issues. David is also a Co-Host of the SecurityJustice Podcast.

Movie star teaching in Northeast Ohio!

The famed star of ‚ÄúThe PCI ultimatum‚ÄĚ, Dwayne Edwards, also of Dwayne‚Äôs world of security, is going to be teaching two classes at Corporate College East.

Deactivating the robot.

He may not teach us how to stop the robots but, then again it is Dwayne!

Hope to see you there.

Security Breaches ‚Äď Executive Session ‚Äď Cost $99


Foundations of Information Security ‚Äď Cost $595

Collaboration Technology and Engaging the Campus 2008

Thursday, May 8, 2008
Case Western Reserve University
Thwing Center
Cleveland, Ohio

9am – 4 pm

To the Cleveland 2.0 Community:

I would like to ask for your support in distribution this invitation to your friends, colleagues, on your blogs and wikis… This is an outstanding opportunity for the entire ¬†community to learn and participant in the emerging world of collaboration technology. In addition to workshops, panels, and keynotes, there are big raffle drawings for computer systems and more (must be present to win). The website is open for registration at
Case Western Reserve University will highlight new technologies and how they enhance research and discovery during its campus Collaboration Technologies Summit 2008 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8 in Thwing Center. In addition, the keynote and panels will be streamed in ClevelandPlus in SecondLife <> .

All university faculty, staff, students, alumni, neighborhood and community partners are invited to attend the symposium and demonstration event‚ÄĒthat will be conducted simultaneously at collaborative sites throughout world.

The event will feature a keynote address by Anthony D. Williams. An author, researcher and consultant, Williams’s latest project is the bestselling book (co-authored with Don Tapscott) called Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything.

Two panels at the summit will be anchored by Campus Computing Project Director, Dr. Kenneth Green, Visiting Scholar at Claremont Colleges. The first panel is titled Making Sense of the explosion of Web 2.0 tools and their relevance and consequence in Higher Education. Panelists include educators and faculty leaders from Case Western Reserve University, University of Southern California, Bradley University, and Researchers from IBM. At the end of the day-long event Green will host a panel called Collaboration Technology‚ÄĒWhat’s Next?: Bold Predictions, Cautionary Notes and Take Away Lessons. Panelists include leaders from Case Western Reserve University, Tri-C, MIT, and the co-founder of SecondLife, Cory Ondrejka.

Cleveland Day of .NET Saturday, May 17, 2008

Cleveland Day of .NET is a free one day conference targeted at developers using the Microsoft .NET platform. It is a collaborative effort among the various local user groups and is open to all developers, local or otherwise. This event is occurring on Saturday, May 17, 2008 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. More info on location and speakers will be posted as it becomes available.

Cleveland has a lot of passionate, knowledgeable developers that have been asking for the opportunity to get together and share their knowledge with each other. Now we all have that chance!

There will be numerous sessions to choose from covering a variety of topics. The exact session list will be coming in a few weeks but you can look forward to topics such as:

  • Silverlight
  • DLR / IronRuby / IronPython
  • SharePoint / MOSS
  • SQL Server 2008
  • … many more


HTCIA Spring Training Conference May 12-14th in Cleveland

HTCIA Spring Training Conference May 12-14th in Cleveland

Interested in forensics and computer security?
Looking for something locally?
Don’t have much money to spend?
Than you’ll want to check out this great conference happening here locally in May‚Ķ

The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA)

2008 Spring Training Conference

When: May 12 – 14, 2008

Location: Lakeland Community College

Cost: $225

For schedule of sessions and speakers see this page:

For more information visit

Notacon – April 4th – 6th 2008

Hi,¬†is happening April 4th – 6th 2008. Right here in Cleveland Ohio. (That’s local for me.)

From the website:

NOTACON, an annual conference held in Cleveland, Ohio, explores and showcases technologies, philosophy and creativity often overlooked at other “hacker cons”. Our desire is not to supplant other events, but complement them and strike a balance that has gone unnoticed in our community for far too long.

With each new year we build upon the successes and knowledge of the previous years. Our goal is to enlighten, educate, and entertain attendees, presenters, and staff alike. We try to do this by finding new ways to apply technology to graphics, art, music, or social interaction.

Notacon espouses an ethos of exploration, participation and positive contributions. Hence, while some of the material we may cover is controversial or potentially “black hat” in nature, we feel it is important to bring light to all topics so that everyone can learn from the experience and create something good, fun or interesting from it.

Events during Notacon run from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. These include over 40 presentations, contests such as “Anything but Ethernet”, game shows, prize giveaways and a whole lot of who-knows-what. Anything can happen, and usually does.

Feel free to get involved in our community now by exploring our getting involved section. Also, please join our forums, mailing lists, IRC server, and other online communities. Feel free to check out our archives (2004, 2005, 2006) from previous years as well.

Free Wireless Networks Lab March 12th!

All NEOISF Members,

Matt Neely is holding a lecture and lab in March on locating and securing wireless networks.  In this lab participants will learn basic information about 802.11 networks, how to find wireless access points using NetStumbler and Kismet and tips on securing 802.11 network. This is a two hour class that will include both a lecture and hands-on lab.

Thanks to Baldwin-Wallace’s generous donation of this class is FREE to all NEO Info Sec Forum members!

There is a catch.  Seating is limited.  Only 34 slots are available so we are requiring folks to register to attend this class.  Further, if you register you need to attend Рplease notify us in advance if you are unable to attend so we can free up that seat for someone else.

Here are the details…

Title : Using NetStumbler and Kismet to Find Wireless Network
Topic : Covered above
Date : Wednesday March 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Location : Baldwin-Wallace College Exact location details will be sent once registration is confirmed
Cost : FREE
Computer for Lab : All machines will be provided by Baldwin-Wallace.  No need to bring your own laptop.
Technical Level : Intermediate

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Again, you MUST register to attend due to the limited seating and slots are FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND!

If you are interested REGISTER NOW by replying to this email with the following information.¬† This will help us understand our audience…

EMAIL ADDRESS (not shared with anyone):

Matt Neely
Steering Committee Member
Northeast Ohio Information Security Forum

Shmoocon was awesome!!!


Shmoocon was great. Learned a lot, met a lot of new friends, and got to see old friends. I took some great pictures at the Saturday night pictures. Sadly I can only post a few of them. Two of my favorite pictures from the party are of the coat rack. A security conference and almost everyones coat is in the pile.  

Coat rack at Shmoocon 2008 (Pic 1)

Coat rack at Shmoocon 2008 (Pic 2)

Here is a link to my ShmooBall launcher.

If I haven’t sent you your pictures please send me an e-mail and let me know.


Web Application Security Hands-On Class – Apr 24 – 25, 2008 (Cleveland)

A friend of mine is putting on a Web Application Security Class. The class was awesome and a lot of fun. Lots of Hands-On labs.

Apr 24 Р25, 2008