Chapter Meeting – November 2020 Building a Home Intrusion Detection System for Fun & Learning

What: ISSA Portland November 2020 Membership Meeting

Topic: Building a Home Intrusion Detection System for Fun & Learning

When: Thursday, November 12th, 2020 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Networking opens at 11:10, presentations begin at 11:30, see note below.


Format Change: We hear you! We all miss the networking opportunities of live meetings in pre-pandemic times. Starting in November, ISSA Portland will open Zoom meetings 20 minutes early so we can catch up with you and give you the opportunity to grow your network. Over the coming program year we will be experimenting with Zoom features to expand the networking component of our meetings. We welcome your feedback and suggestions – contact us at

Description: Are you interested in understanding what’s happening on your home network? Want to see if the attackers are already inside? Want to fiddle with the tools and configurations, without the barriers to experimentation you face at work, like change management or reams of approvals? Whether intrusion detection is your job or not, peeking under the hood of your own home network is a fun and eye-opening way to build up your security superpowers where they matter most – protecting your family and yourself.

We will explore an all-in-one, enterprise-class Intrusion Detection, packet capture and analysis system you can build in a home lab with inexpensive hardware and open-source software to impress your friends and learn along the way!

Speaker Bio: Brian Ventura is an Information Security Architect with the City of Portland, Oregon, he focuses on enterprise information security governance, risk and compliance. Brian is a SANS instructor for the CIS Controls, Risk Management and CISSP certification. He enjoys designing and managing technical solutions, sharing expertise and continually learning. He’s also a huge Timber’s fan!

Note: Due to the ongoing lock down restrictions in Oregon, this will be a virtual chapter meeting. Pricing for attendance has been reduced.

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