September 2018 Chapter Meeting & November Training

September Chapter Meeting

Our next chapter meeting will be Thursday, September 20th at 8:00am in our usual location, the MSU Federal Credit Union Mount Hope Road / Farm Lane Community room.  Back by popular demand: Lansing ISSA will be hosting a cyber tabletop exercise for the September 2018 chapter meeting! 

The tabletop exercise will simulate a real-world cybersecurity incident.  This exercise will be lead by Lansing ISSA board members and will allow attendees to react to events as they unfold in the classroom setting.  Part of this exercise will involve teamwork with other ISSA members and area professionals – so bring your thinking caps and get ready to solve problems under pressure!  The scenario will be a surprise, so be prepared for anything to happen!

Please register for the September Chapter meeting here!

Annual Training Event

To all those who have waited in suspense… we have finalized the last bits of our awesome upcoming training event and are ready to unveil all the details! This year, Lansing ISSA is bringing in Secure Ideas for our Lansing Cyber Academy (LCA) training.  Secure Ideas is an independent security-consulting and penetration testing firm focused on providing organizations with the services and knowledge needed to improve the security posture of their computing and network environment. Their site provides more details as to their operations and general training courses – take a look here:

LCA 2018: Tactical Security Operations Training from Secure Ideas

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM EDT

LOCATION: MSU Federal Credit Union Headquarters 2 (HQ2) at 3899 Coolidge Road, East Lansing MI 48906

Course Description

This Tactical Security Operations course will cover the following topics:

  • Distributed network scanning using nmap
  • Using Metasploit to demonstrate vulnerability risk
  • Performing network traffic analysis 
  • Analyzing systems for signs of compromise 
  • Automation using Python 
  • Strategies for planning security operations

The course will include a mixture of lecture and lab work to help students learn about each of the topics through practice. Secure Ideas will provide a virtual machine with open source tools installed and preconfigured for the class. Each student will receive the course materials and virtual machine for later use. Training tools used will include: nmap, Metasploit, Kali Linux, Python, Burp Suite, and the Social Engineering Toolkit.

Event Details

This will be a full day training session from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Doors will open at 8:00AM, and attendees are welcome to arrive after this time to set up their workspace and network with other information security professionals. Lunch and snacks are included with this training.

Required Materials

All attendees will need to bring their own laptop and power cord (outlets will be provided). Laptops will need 4 to 8 GB of RAM, 50 GB of hard drive space, and virtualization software (VMware workstation, player, or fusion recommended) pre-installed. Please note: A virtual machine will be distributed at the beginning of class and it does not play well with Oracle VirtualBox. There will not be any wireless internet available during the event; all training materials will be provided at the event on USB drives for local installation.


Ready to sign up?? Great! Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Lansing ISSA members: $75.00
  • Information Security Organization member: $100.00
  • General Admission: $125.00
  • Limited number of student tickets available: $50.00

We will be confirming Lansing ISSA membership upon registration for the event. It’s easy to register for ISSA and select your Lansing ISSA chapter – visit to get started or contact us at and we’ll happily guide you through it! 

Information Security Organizations currently valid for this discounted price include: other ISSA chapters, ISACA, ISC(2), WMCSC, and InfraGard. Please provide proof of membership at the door or to prior to the event. 

A limited number of student tickets will be available this year (only 5 tickets!) for current undergraduate or graduate students. Please prepare to provide student ID for verification at the door to the event if you select this option.

You can pay direct at the door, but our preferred method is via EventBrite, which you can find right here: