Meeting: 2016.09.28 Written by thehask on September 26, 2016

The Halifax Area Security Klatch

Full Speed Ahead!

Hello everyone,

Hope you all had a wonderful summer break! The board took some well deserved time off to recharge and are looking forward to seeing everyone at this months meeting. I am very pleased to announce PaloAlto Networks as this months HASK sponsor. Ken Lemay of PaloAlto networks  will have some opening remarks and Phil Cummings of  Communications and Technology Services (ICTS) at the Province of Nova Scotia will be our first presenter.

Planning for AtlSecCon 2017 has already started and we cannot wait to share some of our ideas with you. Sponsorship inquiries have been coming in fast and furious and the call for papers will soon be announced.

Thank you,
Travis and the AtlSecCon Board.


PaloAlto Networks is the next-generation security company maintaining trust in the digital age by helping tens of thousands of organizations worldwide prevent cyber breaches. With our deep cybersecurity expertise, commitment to innovation, and game-changing Next-Generation Security Platform, customers can confidently pursue a digital-first strategy and embark on new technology initiatives, such as cloud and mobility. This kind of thinking and know-how helps customer organizations grow their business and empower employees while maintaining complete visibility and the control needed to protect their critical control systems and most valued data assets.


Historic Properties
1887 Upper Water St
3rd Floor (Above Lower Deck)
Halifax, NS


6:00-7:00 pm – Complimentary apps and drinks from our sponsor PaloAlto Networks
7:00-7:45 pm – Introduction by Ken Lemay and presentation from Phil Cummings
7:45-8:30 pm  – Breaking in with OWASP Zap and Metasploit – Lilly Chalupowski
8:30-9:00 pm –  Passwords! Passwords! Passwords! – Julien Savoie


Phil Cummings is an IT professional with over 35 years of experience, Phil has spent the last 20 years managing perimeter network security through the use of enterprise firewalls and VPN technologies.  Phil has presented at PaloAlto Networks User conference three times and has also made presentations to local security groups. Leveraging many of the capabilities of a  Next Generation firewall technology has enabled a more robust security posture to deal with existing threats and to be in a  better position to deal with future threats.  Phil is a currently employed as a Senior Technical Architect within Information, Communications and Technology Services (ICTS) at the Province of Nova Scotia.

This talk will cover the tools and technologies that are available on most Next Generation firewall platforms and how the platform and capabilities can be used to reduce your risk exposure in a real world situations.  The presentation will touch on current trends being seen and how to deal with them and how to be better prepared to address evolving attack techniques.

Lilly Chalupowski
Talk: Breaking in the front door with OWASP Zap and Metasploit
Abstract: This talk will be an introduction to OWASP Zap (Attack Proxy) and how to use it to break into a web application (front door) resulting in a reverse meterpreter shell using metasploit.
Duration: 30 minutes

Julien Savoie
Talk: Passwords! passwords! Passwords!
Abstract: Everything you ever wanted to know about passwords.  While often seen as a remedial issue within infosec, the state of passwords within any organization plays a central role in it’s security.  Explored will be a number of issues such password selection, expiration, complexity, storage, cracking and password reuse.  As a bonus, I’ll be sharing my own passwords to all of my social media accounts.
Duration: 30 Minutes