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Defense Against the Dark Arts

“O.W.L. Defense Against the Dark Arts: Social Engineering


You are invited to attend a special evening session of Defense Against the Dark Arts to prepare for your O.W.L.’s (Ordinary Wizarding Levels). On the agenda are defenses against an advanced group of jinxes used to trick you into granting dark wizards access to your eclectical computer thingy-widgets. While it is unusual to demonstrate dark magic in a classroom, this O.W.L. level session will contain several demonstrations of the techniques to provide context to better perform the counter jinxes. We’ll look at telly phoney scams, email “Phishing”, and common in-person social engineering attacks designed to gain access to Ministry of Magic buildings or other important physical locations. Students are reminded that while this is an after hours session, proper attire for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry strongly suggested.”

Derek Rook is a professional hacker and security educator. A passion for technology has lead him through a 15 year career in almost every IT specialty, including technical support, web development, IT operations, and systems engineering before finally settling on security. Derek’s offensive security career took off when his team took first place in the invitation only SANS NetWars Tournament of Champions, where some of the best hackers in the world compete in a simulated corporate environment challenging both offensive and defensive skills. Since then he has committed himself to raising awareness and education about offensive and defensive capabilities, both to the security community and the greater public at large. Derek holds certifications in intrusion analysis, network forensics, incident response, and penetration testing.

Our Friday Night Science Talks are 100% free and all ages! We’ll break out our 14″ Sky-Watcher USA telescope after the talk for some views into the cosmos, so don’t miss it!

October 13 2017


Date: October 13, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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