ISSA Sacramento Valley Chapter Meeting - 11/17/2023 11:30a-13:00p

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Speaker: Hubert Ralph Bonnell, CISSP, CCSE – Security Engineer, Check Point Software Technologies, Inc.
Topic: DNS Security
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Synopsis: DNS attacks are becoming much more prevalent lately. This presentation is intended to introduce the DNS protocol and showcase the current attack surface of the DNS infrastructure. DNS was designed in the early 1980s and carries a number of security risks with its current implementation. Unfortunately it is difficult to secure a protocol not designed for security. At the end of the presentation, mitigation strategies and best practices are discussed in an open forum.

We will cover the following topics:
- Overview of the DNS protocol
- Current DNS security landscape
- DNS security risks mitigation

Speaker Bio: H. Ralph Bonnell is a Pre-Sales Security Engineer at Check Point Software with over 25 years of experience in the cyber security industry. Starting out as a support engineer doing Check Point Software firewall support in the 1990s, Ralph worked for cyber security partners and resellers for a couple decades working with hundreds of vendors before joining Check Point.

Ralph spent over 15 years teaching cyber security classes as well as performing professional services for a variety of vendors. Ralph co-authored several books on Check Point Software, Juniper NetScreen, Sygate, and SonicWall. Contact information and social media links are available at

Meeting Details: This will be a hybrid meeting (both in-person and on-line). You may attend remotely via Zoom or attend in person at Capsity, 3808 Broadway, Sacramento CA (Google Maps and Directions). Either way, please register for the meeting below (the registration link form will be made available several weeks prior to the meeting). Select No Meal if you are attending remotely, or Normal Meal or Vegetarian if you are attending in person (so we can order enough food for lunch). All registered members and guests will receive the Zoom meeting link via email, by the morning of the meeting.

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Friday, November 17, 2023 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
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