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Hacktober Events!

Hacktober events are aimed at raising cybersecurity awareness for Washington state employees and encouraging conversation about the role everyone plays to safeguard public data and protect critical services. You are invited to attend and learn more about how to protect your workplace and your home against cyber threats. Please download our Hacktober calendar and share it with your coworkers.

The following events are scheduled through the month of October:

Cybersecurity for your home and family

Please join us for a presentation by the state Office of Cybersecurity (OCS) on "Cybersecurity for home & family." Aaron Brown, lead security analyst for the OCS Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), will discuss what attackers are after, steps to protect yourself and your family, how to identify if you have been hacked and what to do if you have been hacked. (Here is Aaron's slide presentation and a link to an earlier presentation by Aaron on the same topic archived on YouTube.)

  • Date: Oct. 2
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Place: 1500 Jefferson Street, Olympia
  • Room: 1213 (First floor presentation room)

A study of the ransomware attack at the City of Sammamish

Steve Schommer, the interim information technology (IT) director for the City of Sammamish, will discuss the ransomware attack that hit the city’s computer systems Jan. 23, 2019. He was recruited out of retirement by the city shortly after the attack to help it navigate the aftermath. Steve, who has a strong skill set in mitigating cyberattacks, had previously retired in 2018 after spending 31 years in municipal government. He is a licensed civil engineer, has an MBA in information systems, is a Washington state Fusion Center liaison officer and a member of the FBI InfraGard program.

  • Date: Oct. 16
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Place: 1500 Jefferson Street, Olympia
  • Room: 2208 (Second floor presentation room)

Cyber-physical security and interconnected of things

Penny McKenzie, a cybersecurity engineer for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), will give a presentation on physical security and IoT. Penny’s expertise includes network monitoring and intrusion detection of industrial control systems (ICS), forensics analysis, incident handling procedures, the convergence of cyber and physical security and internet of things (IoT) cybersecurity. At PNNL, her research includes incident response, network monitoring protocols for ICS, cyber-physical security for federal facilities and IoT pattern of life behaviors. Her work supports many organizations including the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She also has piloted and helped develop an early career cybersecurity competition for students and professionals. (Here is a link to Penny's presentation archived on YouTube).

  • Date: Oct. 17
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 
  • Place: 1500 Jefferson Street, Olympia
  • Room: 1213 (First floor presentation room)

Privacy and your smartphone

Smartphones have turned into very powerful computers that we use for shopping, banking, traveling and social media. Jesse Regalado will reveal the types of information your phone is tracking, and how you can protect your privacy. Jesse has decades of computer forensics experience in the public and private sector.  As a detective sergeant in the High Tech Crimes Unit of the Washington State Patrol, Jesse investigated hundreds of cases involving technology.  He also held security roles at the Department of Social and Health Services, the state Office of CyberSecurity, served as Chief Information Security Officer for the state Department of Ecology and was an instructor for the University of Washington in Digital Forensics.  Jesse specializes in digital forensics, cybersecurity, and ethical hacking. 

  • Date: Oct. 30
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Place: 1500 Jefferson Street, Olympia
  • Room: 1213 (First floor presentation room)

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Lunch & learn sessions 

After the attack

Aaron Brown, lead security analyst for the OCS Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) will walk through the different stages of a cyberattack and what organizations should be prepared for during a security incident.

  • Date: Oct. 8
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Place: 1500 Jefferson Street, Olympia
  • Room: 2330 (Space is limited. Please RSVP by email at cybersecurity@ocs.wa.gov)

* Bring your own lunch.

Washington Cyber Intelligence Exchange, WaCIX

Steve Wilson, a cyber threat intelligence analyst with the state Office of Cybersecurity, will discuss the state’s new threat intelligence exchange, WaCIX, which was launched earlier this year to keep the state of Washington agencies, counties and cities more informed of the cybersecurity threat landscape. Membership is open to any Washington state agency, county or city that wants to be part of the WaCIX threat intelligence sharing community (bring your own lunch). 

  • Date: Oct. 15
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Place: 1500 Jefferson Street, Olympia
  • Room: 2330 (Space is limited. Please RSVP by email at cybersecurity@ocs.wa.gov)

* Bring your own lunch.