IT Web Security Summit Presentations 2015 (including my co-presented session)

Posted on July 17, 2015

The IT Web Security Summit remains the premier Information Security event in South Africa. I had the privilege of co-presenting with an ex-colleague Mohamed Khan this year on “Practical application of data analysis in information security”. This presentation along with all of the others from the two days are now available on-line on the ITWeb website with the audio recordings. An invaluable resource and highly recommended to all those who couldn’t make it to the summit or want to catch up on a session that they missed.

Day 1 sessions

Day 2 sessions

Direct link to my presentation

Direct link to the audio recording (MP3)

 

Recovering your Hyper V VM after a BIOS upgrade

Posted on June 30, 2015

I recently performed a BIOS upgrade on my Dell Latitude E5540 laptop. This had a couple of unanticipated consequences.

Firstly, Microsoft Bitlocker wouldn’t run – it recognised a hardware change and required the recovery key to be entered before it would proceed. Thankfully I had saved this into OneNote and could access this from my phone.

Secondly, my VM’s would boot in Hyper V. I was getting a message along the lines of : Hyper v failed to restore VM XXX using processor-specific features. The virtual machine ‘<VM Name>’ is using processor-specific features not supported on physical computer ‘<Hyper-V Host>’.

This one stumped me for a while. I googled various options and tried some solutions, including helpful (but unhelpful) ones suggesting that during the BIOS upgrade some BIOS options had been changed and I need to go and change them back. I spent an hour going through all of the options, but for the life of me could not identify any that had changed, and if they had I certainly had no idea.

In desperation I decided to create a new VM, and point it back to the existing virtual disks. This probably would have worked, but in the process of doing this I noticed that in Hyper-V manager if I right clicked on my existing VM there was an option to reset the state. This worked like a charm and the problem was solved, now the VM booted from scratch. Simple really when you know how.

Discussion of 2013 CISA Review Q,A&E sample exam:ISACA CISA Exam (Session 15) live on Hangouts OnAir

Posted on June 09, 2015

On Saturday the study group went through a mock exam, and using the Sample Exam from the 2013 Review Questions, Answers and Explanations Manual. This evening we will be discussing questions and areas which the participants struggled with from the Exam as well as any other areas of concern. Please join us.

This session will be hosted by yours truly, Justin Williams. Top placed candidate in the Dec 2014 exam.

Hangout link : https://plus.google.com/events/c9rkl5fnpaavk2m6n0u66loopsc

Youtube link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxbIgR6kuOw

 

 

Tips and Techniques for the ISACA CISA Exam (Session 14)

Posted on June 06, 2015

Apologies for the delay in getting up the slides from Tuesday’s session. The video is up on Youtube and you can find it below. I have also uploaded a copy of the very useful guide by Shirish Deshpande & Rafeq. Goodluck to all candidates, hope that things are going well with your studies, and don’t forget to use the CISA discussion forum on the ISACA website if you have any specific challenges.

 


Link to video on Youtube

Download the slides : ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 14 2nd June 2015 Exam tips

 

Download Shirish Deshpande & Rafeq’s excellent Tips guide :  tipsforcisaexam

 

The last session before the exam will be next week Tuesday. The video will be broadcast live through hangouts and available on Youtube pretty soon thereafter.

 

 

Facilitated CISA Study Session 19/5/2015 : Chapter 5 Part 2 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on May 19, 2015

On 19 May (this afternoon) we are discussing Chapter 5 of the study material. We will be discussing specific challenges participants may have and also questions from any of the sources that they may have got wrong or are having difficulty understanding.

If there are specific questions you might have, please email them through (preferably as a word document or similar) so we can discuss them.  If we don’t get to them all in the session they can be carried forward to the following week or even an additional special sitting considered.

The sessions from the last few weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try to do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

Slides will be made available after the session.

Facilitated CISA Study Session 12/5/2015 : Chapter 5 Part 1 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on May 11, 2015

On 12 May we are discussing Chapter 5 of the study material. We will go through a general overview of the Chapter and then be discussing specific challenges participants may have and also questions from any of the sources that they may have got wrong or are having difficulty understanding.

Raniel is going to lead this session provided he has recovered from his illness. If so he will give his insights into Chapters 4 and 5.

If there are specific questions you might have, please email them through (preferably as a word document or similar) so we can discuss them.  If we don’t get to them all in the session they can be carried forward to the following week or even an additional special sitting considered.

The sessions from the last few weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try to do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

Slides will be made available after the session.

ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 11 12th May 2015 Chapter 5 pt1

CISA Presentation raniel ch4 ch5

 

For those who missed the last two sessions, they are available on Youtube as follows:

CISA Special Q&A Session (Session 9) public

CISA Chapter 4 Part 2 (Session 10) public

 

Facilitated CISA Study Session 28/4/2015 : Chapter 4 Part 1 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on April 28, 2015

This evening we are discussing Chapter 4 of the study material. We will go through a general overview of the Chapter and then be discussing specific challenges participants may have and also questions from any of the sources that they may have got wrong or are having difficulty understanding. Raniel was going to lead this afternoon’s session but has taken ill so I (Justin) will lead it. Don’t forget we are also planning to host a question binge discussion session / catch-up on Saturday 2nd May 2015 (the full schedule of the remaining sessions is in the slide deck).

The sessions from the last few weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try to do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 


You can download a copy of tonight’s slides here : ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 8 28th April 2015 Chapter 4 pt1

Facilitated CISA Study Session 21/4/2015 : Chapter 3 Part 2 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on April 21, 2015

This evening we are discussing Chapter 3 of the study material. We will had an overview last week so if you didn’t catch that please go back and look at last week’s recording. This afternoon we are discussing specific challenges participants may have and also questions from any of the sources that they may have got wrong or are having difficulty understanding.

The sessions from the last few weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try to do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

You can download a copy of tonight’s slides here : ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 7 21st April 2015 Chapter 3 pt2

Facilitated CISA Study Session 14/4/2015 : Chapter 3 Part 1 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on April 14, 2015

This evening we are discussing Chapter 3 of the study material. We will have an overview of the content of the chapter and then discuss specific challenges participants may have and also questions from any of the sources that they may have got wrong or are having difficulty understanding.

The sessions from the last few weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try and do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

You can download a copy of tonight’s slides here : ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 6 14th April 2015 Chapter 3 pt1.

Facilitated CISA Study Session 7/4/2015 : Chapter 2 Part 2 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on April 07, 2015

This evening we are discussing Chapter 2 of the study material. Refer back to last week’s broadcast for an overview of the chapter content. This week we are discussing specific challenges participants may have and also questions from any of the sources that they may have got wrong or are having difficulty understanding.

The sessions from the last two weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try and do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

Download the slides from the session here.  ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 5 7th April 2015 Chapter 2 pt2

Working with SQL Server error logs in Log Parser Studio

Posted on April 05, 2015

Microsoft Log Parser Studio (LPS) has become one of my favourite (free) tools whenever it comes time to work with log files of any significant size. In the past I have always used one of the pre-define log type formats when working with log files. Recently I needed to work with SQL Server error logs and was a little concerned initially that there was no pre-defined format for these logs and trying one of the standard log types didn’t give me the output I expected (or needed).

With a little bit of effort I managed to figure out what was required, it turned out to be fairly simple. The trick was using the TSV format and then customising the settings.

LPS - select TSVLOG

 

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The new Nespresso Limited Edition Monsoon Malabar is available

Posted on March 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

Nespresso Monsoon Malabar

 

The new Nespresso Monsoon Malabar is available to try. It’s an Indian coffee of a fairly high (8) intensity that is ideally enjoyed as an espresso. Time to head on down to the Nespresso shop and grab some to try.

Will report back once have had a chance to sip on some.

 

Slides for Facilitated CISA Study Sessions 24/3/2015 & 31/3/2015 : Chapter 1 Part 2 & Chapter 2 Part 1

Posted on March 31, 2015

Last week we held the third of the CISA facilitated study sessions at the ITSec offices.  The number of attendees is still growing and we have an increasingly diverse group of attendees which is greatly beneficial to all participating.  The last two sessions were broadcast on Google Hangouts on Air.  Our listener count was up to two :)  The benefit of doing the broadcast is that it is recorded and now available for anybody to watch / listen to. Check it out (links in post below) and let us know if it is useful.

This evening’s session beings in about two hours. Please feel free to join us.

Attached below are the slides from the session of 24/3/2014 as well as tonight’s session (they are also in the recorded hangout).

ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 3 24th March 2015 Chapter 1 pt 2

ITSec CISA Prep June 2015 session 4 31st March 2015 Chapter 2 pt 1

Facilitated CISA Study Session 31/3/2015 : Chapter 2 Part 1 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on March 31, 2015

The sessions from the last two weeks have been reasonably successfully broadcast and recorded on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try and do the same for this afternoon’s session.  If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

Hangouts are limited to a maximum of 10 people participating via video / audio and many more who can watch the video feed and participate in the chat. First come first serve.

Facilitated CISA Study Session 24/3/2015 : Chapter 1 Part 2 to be broadcast via Google Hangouts

Posted on March 19, 2015

Last week’s session seemed to work reasonably well on Google Hangouts On Air so we will try and do the same for the next session. If you have missed it the recording is available. If there is something we can improve ahead of the next session please let us know.

Link to the Google Hangout event

Link to Youtube live broadcast

 

 

Hangouts are limited to a maximum of 10 people participating via video / audio and many more who can watch the video feed and participate in the chat. First come first serve.

 

 

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