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October 2011

Spoke on SQL Injection issues (see below) at meetings of the Vancouver CIPS Security SIG and OWASP Vancouver Chapter.

June 2011

Spoke on SQL Injection issues at the IT4BC Conference in Richmond, BC ("How to own a BILLION Identities in Less Time than it takes to Boil an Egg").

June 2010

I will be presenting at the PIA-BC's Spring Conference at the Beach Club Resort in Parksville, Vancouver Island BC, June 4-5. The topic will be "Private Investigators! - How to Protect Your and Your Clients' Digital Assets", and will cover best practices in IT and Information Security for private investigation firms (see here for more details).

April 2010

First  informal meeting of the Vancouver Chapter of OWASP (of which I am chairman) at Steamworks! (http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Vancouver)

March 2010

Presented at the CIPS Security SIG March 2010 War-games day (http://www.infosecbc.org).

December 2009

Taught a CWNA/SP boot-camp in Kansas City KS of all places. Bah, humbug!

November  2009

Made it to the OWASP Appsec DC conference in Washington DC. First visit. Avoid the politics and you will be ok. Came second in the CTF competition ("I wuz cheated, I wuz!").

September 2009

Presented to the Drupal User Group on web application security (http://groups.drupal.org/vancouver).

August 2009

Finally put my money down and bought a copy of "Hyperion", the first book in Dan Simmon's Hyperion Cantos SF series. Wonder what they'll do for the movie.

June 2009

Made it to London, UK, for the  European e-Identity Conference, June 25-26th, and to Cardiff, Wales, for Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds Live on Stage, June 24 (based on the book by H.G. Wells, www.thewaroftheworlds.com). I survived the invasion and have the T-Shirt to prove it.

May 2009

Played a small part behind the scenes in determining the true origin's of Mr. Coleridge's e-mails in White Rock local election dispute (http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/46113347.html).
March 2009

Wrote and passed the exam for the Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP) certification. Yay!

February 2009

Still buried in the snow. Attending the 10th Annual Privacy and Security Conference in Victoria, February 2-4. We have had a  flyer included in the delegates' kits, advertizing our company and services.

January 2009

Buried under snow here on the Mountain. Ain't goin' nowhere... (at least the silly season is over!)

December 2008

Taught a 5-day Certified Penetration Testing Specialist (CPTS) class in Ottawa,Canada. First visit to Montreal and Quebec City too.

Reading the Hyperion Cantos backwards - can't seem to find a copy of the first book in the series ("Hyperion").

October 2008

Presented paper on "Blind SQL Injection" to students of the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) School. The powerpoint is available here.

September 2008

Teaching three evening courses at BCIT - "Introduction to Computer Crime Studies (FSCT7220)", "Cryptography Practice and Theory (FSCT8580)", and "Applied Wireless Networking (COMP3660)". I do not have a life!

Just finished teaching Ethics at UBC for their NASP program.

July 2008

Instructor for the Mile2 Certified Penetration Testing Specialist / Expert bootcamp in Tampa, Florida (July 7 through 12).

Finally obtained the Certified Penetration Testing Expert (CPTE) and Certified Penetration Testing Specialist  (CPTS) certifications.

May 2008

Presented the online webinar 'The Art of Pentesting' in conjunction with Mile2 and Nexient Learning. A link to the online archive of this presentation will be available soon.

Another successful presentation (13 students) of our 4-day Web Application Security course took place, Monday May 12 to Thursday May 15, at the On-Track Computer Training facility in downtown Vancouver (1600 - 650 West Georgia St.) The course outline and some background information is available here.    

April 2008

Atttended the  RSA Conference  in San Francisco , April  7-11.

Presenting Business Continuity Planning (FSCT7130) course at BCIT.

March 2008

Off  to Tampa (yes, the one in Florida), for some training by Mile2 to become a Certified Pentest Specialist (CPTS). Now Rui will be even more dangerous! He will be teaching two modules - wireless hacking and web application hacking.  

February 2008

Attended the 9th Annual Privacy and Security Conference and Exposition in Victoria BC. 

November 2007

Attented the 10th WestCoast Security Forum in Vancouver, November 19 and 20.

Finished reading Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy. Soon to be a movie starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig (the 007 guy). Oh, to be a Young Adult again.

September 2007

Our 4-day Web Application Security course in Vancouver, BC. has now wrapped up. We will be presenting this material again in early 2008.  If you are interested in attending please contact us. The course outline and some background information is available here.  

Started teaching Introduction to Computer Crime Studies (FSCT7220) and Applied Cryptography (FSCT8580) at the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT). These courses are part of the School of Computing and Academic Studies Forensic Program. Also started teaching Applied Wireless Networking (COMP3660), based on the Certified Wireless Network Administration (CWNA) certification.

Rui is trying to get one more certification under his belt (Certified Wireless Security Professional, CWSP).

August 2007

Project in the Yukon of all places.

Taught  Ethics course at  the University of British Columbia (UBC) (part of the NASP program).

July 2007

"Summertime and the living is easy"

June 2007

Finally finished plodding through Neal Stephenson's book Cryptonomicon (see below).  If you venture this way, try to distinguish the fact from the faction!

May 2007

Rui presented a short talk at the CIPS  Vancouver Security SIG May "Local Innovators" session, on his experiences running a security consulting firm.

I (Rui) am plodding through Neal Stephenson's book Cryptonomicon.. From a review by the Library Journal we have "Computer expert Randy Waterhouse spearheads a movement to create a safe haven for data in a world where information equals power and big business and government seek to control the flow of knowledge. His ambitions collide with a top-secret conspiracy with links to the encryption wars of World War II and his grandfather's work in preventing the Nazis from discovering that the Allies had cracked their supposedly unbreakable Enigma code." At 918 pages (and that includes the appendix by Bruce Schneier describing the Solitaire Cipher), this is not something to take in at one sitting. I teach Cryptography at a local college (http://www.bcit.ca/study/outlines/fsct8580200730), and use it extensively in my work, so this book (with it's off-hand and sometimes detailed  inclusion of cryptographic techniques and history) is most interesting. Very readable and highly recommended!  

Rui taught the telecommunications security course at the University of British Columbia (UBC) (part of the ISSP program).
Taught  part of the Business Continuity Planning course at  BCIT.

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