Back on May 18th, I attended the inaugural BsidesNH event. It was a fantastic one-day event. The day started pretty early for me driving down from Maine arriving at Southern NH University. I arrived to pick up the fantastic badge made out of an old 3.5″ disk. After grabbing some coffee and a snack I settled into the auditorium and for a day of great talks. There were a few that stood out to me from the day that I will talk about.
The second talk of the day was Ghost in the Shell: When AppSec Goes Wrong by Tony Martin. Tony first talked about covered some basics of web application security. He framed these issues around the research he has done into various NAS devices and vulnerabilities he has discovered. Including the ability to create shadow users that have administrative access to devices but are not visible through the administrative interfaces of the device.
After lunch was Chinese and Russian Hacking Communities presented by Winnona DeSombre and Dan Byrnes, Intelligence Analyst from Recorded Future. They covered operations and cultures of Chinese and Russian underground groups. This was a very entertaining presentation and a summary of the information contained in the report: Thieves and Geeks: Russian and Chinese Hacking Communities.
The second to last talk of the day was Hunting for Lateral Movement: Offense, Defense, and Corgis presented by Ryan Nolette. He covered the ways attackers move around and infiltrate further into a network…Corgies. A great quote that stuck with me from his talk was: “If you teach an analyst how to think they will punch above their weight.” I feel this quote not only applies to security analysts but all levels of IT professionals.
BsidesNH was a well run and enjoyable event and a great addition to the Security events in New England. Thanks to all of the organizers and sponsors. I look forward to attending next year!