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This is our main meeting.  This meeting usually takes the form of 1 or usually more presentations.  We try to keep a good balance of novice and advanced subjects so that nobody will be overwhelmed of bored.  Just show up, and we hope you learn something.

If you would like some examples of what to expect at this meeting, check out some of the videos that have been made of our presentations.

Topics:
Various topics ranging form beginner's to advanced, user to administrator.
When: Second Thursday of each month at 7:00PM
Where: Desert Breeze Substation: 251 North Desert Breeze Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

What to expect:

  • 6:30 - mingling/networking and last minute setup
  • 7:00 - Formal meeting starts with announcements and other PLUG business
  • 7:15 - Presentation(s)
  • 9:00 - Clean up and CAT (Chat About Technology) at a local restaurant. (We sit around and talk about Linux and other geeky stuff over food) We usually meet up at BJ;s in the Chandler fashion center mall located at:
    3155 W.Chandler Blvd.
    Chandler, AZ  85226 (Map to BJ's)
We have two presentations for February, from Yael Grauer and der.hans.

Yael will discuss hacker-show Mr. Robot and what it gets right about tech. Hans will cover etckeeper, a tool for tracking configuration changes.

For more info, Meeting time and location see:
http://phxlinux.org/index.php/meetings/14-east-valley-meeting.html


Yael Grauer: What Mr. Robot Gets Right

Description: Not only does Mr. Robot set the bar for dystopian hacker suspense thrillers, it’s also a great hacking show that’s true to the culture and portrays technology authentically.

In this presentation, Yael will discuss what Mr. Robot gets right... and the mostly free, mostly open source programs used by the characters on the show.

Biography: Yael is a freelance tech reporter covering online privacy and security, mass surveillance, and digital freedom. She has written for WIRED, Ars Technica, Slate, Motherboard, the Intercept, Forbes Tech, and more. She also co-hosts Monday Morning Dumpster Dive, a podcast on Friday news dumps that also airs on KJZZ.

For fun, Yael enjoys hiking, gardening, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and spending time with her husband and their puppy.


der.hans: etckeeper - revision control for /etc/

Description: Ever debug a service problem for hours just to discover it was a new typo in a configuration file? Ever have someone (maybe you) bork a conf file and not realize it for days? Put /etc/ into version control, then track what changes and when.

etckeeper tracks changes in /etc/ with version control. It ties into package management systems for automagic checkins after updates.  It also records important metadata such as permissions and ownership that version control systems (VCS) usually do not track.

Use the VCS you know and let etckeeper help you with some of the oddities found in /etc/.

An imporatant feature is detecting inadvertant changes or tracking what someone (maybe even you) did late at night or early in the morning. By tracking changes, you can document them, replicate them elsewhere or even back them out.

Biography: der.hans is a Free Software, technology and entrepreneurial veteran. He is a repeat author for the Linux Journal with his article about online privacy and security using a password manager as the cover article for the January 2017 issue.

He is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch.

He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LFNW) and many local groups.
We have two presentations on security this month, from Aaron Jones and der.hans. Aaron will review a variety of security incidents from 2016 while Hans will cover security and privacy practices we can take and how a password manager makes it easy.

See our meeting page for time and location

Aaron Jones - 2016 - A Year End Review!

Description: We are going to look back at 2016 and some of the gnarly security hacks that took place. We will discuss the FBI database leak, Podesta emails, DNC, and a super massive bank hack foiled by bad spelling.

Bio: Aaron is a frequent flyer at PLUG who likes the command line. He spends his time doing computer stuff and even went to school for computers at some point in his life. He uses Linux, I3, and Bash.

der.hans - Online Privacy, Security and Password Management

Description: Take control of your online security and privacy. Continuing breaches at high-profile sites prove that you can't rely on cloud services to protect your accounts.

This updated presentation is the basis my January 2017 Linux Journal cover article.

Password managers such as KeePassX make it easy to use different, strong passwords and usernames for each site. They also enable other good security practices. Take charge of your personal online security.

Also covers practices that can effectively keep your online accounts
seperate from each other so that a security breach at one company doesn't
expose your other accounts. Avoid the domino effect.

Bio: der.hans is a Free Software, technology and entrepreneurial veteran. He is a repeat author for the Linux Journal with his article about online privacy
and security using a password manager as the cover article for the January
2017 issue.

He is chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch.

He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL,
LFNW) and many local groups.
In December as always we will havce our end of year party.  Please bring your friends and family.

The party is a pot luck so,if you can, bring food or drinks to share with everyone. It's a holiday party, so we'll likely have tons of snacks and deserts. This presents an opportunity to bring a main course, salad or veggie side dish.

We meet at the usual time and usual place

No alcohol, sorry.
We have 2 presentations this month from Kaia Taylor and Aaron Jones.

Kaia Taylor
What I've learned setting up a VM environment for pen test practice

Description:
  1. Goals of this talk
    • Why I'd like lots of questions and comments
  2. Goals of pen testing
    • Why everyone should be interested in pen testing
    • Overview of security related jobs
    • Overview of certifications
  3. Hosts
    • What I looked at, pros, cons
    • What I ignored, pros, cons
  4. VMs
    • Different Unixes I tested
    • Attempts to use DSL for DDOS simulation
  5. If I could do it again...
  6. What next
Bio:
Kaia has been working with Unix for about 25 years and is now focused on Unix security patching. Kaia has taught evening Unix classes at South Mountain Community College, and worked at three large companies plus a few smaller ones as a day job. Kaia's certifications include a Masters in Information Science, RHCE, Security+, CISSP. Currently working on GPEN.


Aaron JonesManaging Your Money - The Linux Way

Description:
Do you want to learn how to manage your finances using Linux? This talk will cover several command line tools you can use to keep track of your finances as well as introduce a few companies that tout Linux support for their financial products.

Bio:
Aaron is a frequent flyer at PLUG meetings. He regularly evangelizes the command line interface, loves Linux, and likes FOS-Software. His distributions of choice are Ubuntu and Arch and he uses the I3 WM.
This month we bring you 2 presentations.

Dynamic HA Deployments with HashiCorp Tools, and KDE 20 year Celebration My Journey

Anthony Kosednar: Dynamic HA Deployments with HashiCorp Tools

An overview of HashiCorp's open source tool set and how to get started on using it yourself

Will Cover:
  • Image Creation
  • Deployments (Computing, Infrastructure, & Storage)
  • Cluster Management
  • Secret/Credentials/PKI Management

Bio: Anthony Kosednar is an Information Security Engineer with a background in Aerospace. By day he helps secure corporations and large events (such as Super Bowl XLIX). By night, he puts on the cape of software architect for the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range. Through the darkness of night he helps program the systems that operate the range.

Scarlett Clark: KDE 20 year Celebration My Journey

KDE 20 year Celebration My Journey

Bio: Scarlett is a globe-hopping Kubuntu developer. She volunteered for years, but currently her dayjob pays her to work on KDE.

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