Ottawa Chapter Event: November 26, 2015

Meeting at the Novotel location. Register here.

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Join us on Thursday, November 26th, 2015 as ISSA-Ottawa hosts  


"An Introduction to UEFI and Why We Should Care"


  This talk will provide an introduction to the firmware interface, UEFI (Unified Extensible Framework Interface), designed to replace the standard BIOS on computers, and the supported security controls framework. We will then discuss how these UEFI security controls may be bypassed or where firmware implementations have failed, with the goal of compromising the integrity of the boot process and the running Operating System for malware installation and persistence. We will also review information disclosed from "The Hacking Team" breach on their UEFI technology development


Mr. Sues, CEO of Rigel Kent Security, Cryptid Labs and co-CEO of Invariant Security is an experienced Penetration Tester, Vulnerability Researcher and Security Trainer with an extensive background in both operational penetration testing and the identification of new vulnerabilities in applications and operating systems. Mr. Sues develops tools and exploits, specializing in the development buffer overflow technology for use in assessing client systems. In doing so, he has reverse engineered many commercial and custom UNIX and Windows-based applications, protocols and Operating Systems to locate and analyze vulnerabilities or understand the software's operation. As well, he has evaluated many vendor products, commercial and proprietary encryption algorithms, operating systems, network services, SANs, routers, and firewalls such as Checkpoint and CISCO PIX/ASA firewalls and has performed local host vulnerability assessments of firewalls, routers/switches, Windows Servers and Solaris/UNIX/Linux systems. Mr. Sues is also co-founder of the COUNTERMEASURE series of security conferences and training events held in Ottawa, Canada with the most recent, COUNTERMEASURE 2015, held November 16-20, 2015.


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Established in 1991, the mission of the Ottawa Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is to provide a friendly, interactive environment for those with an interest in information security. Through meetings, guest speakers, discussion forums, this website and the concerted efforts of our members, we strive to accomplish this goal. These local Chapter level benefits are augmented by the advantages of membership in ISSA International which provides an e-newsletter, educational online webinars, and partnerships with other IT security organizations many of whom offer discounts to ISSA members.

All of this is aimed towards helping members be more effective in their work both technically and personally, and towards providing professional development opportunities.

Event Location and Time

The timetable is:

  • 5:00 doors open
  • 5:45 seating
  • 7:45 event ends



Times and Location: This event is held at the Novotel, 33 Nicholas Street, Ottawa in downtown Ottawa, see here for the location

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