The Charlotte ISSA chapter is committed to providing the Information Security professionals of Charlotte opportunities to grow both technically and professionally through training, meetings and summits.

Annual Charlotte-Metro ISSA Summit 2019

  • When: Thursday May 2nd, 2019 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

  • Where: Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S College Street, East Wing, Charlotte, NC 28202

  • Cost: $45 for Members (please use your registered ISSA email address as the promotional code). $160 for Non-Members

The Charlotte Metro Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is pleased to announce the ISSA Information Security Conference to be held on May 2, 2019 at the Charlotte Convention Center. This day-long event is designed to provide a forum in which industry leaders, policy makers, and regional peers can share information regarding emerging technologies, trends, and best practices within Information Security and related fields. The Conference features a full day of talks and presentations as well as educational opportunities with hands-on workshops, demonstrations of new technology, peer networking, and the opportunity to exchange the latest security information, strategies and techniques. A number of nationally acclaimed information security experts and media personalities are slated to deliver keynote addresses in addition to an array of technical presentations in areas such as: Audit / Compliance, Vulnerability / Risk Management, OS Security, Identity and Access management, Hands-on Attacks, Forensics / Incident Response, and Future Challenges.

Keynote Speakers

Dave Kennedy – Founder of TrustedSec and Binary Defense Systems

Dave Kennedy – Founder of TrustedSec and Binary Defense Systems

David Kennedy is founder of TrustedSec and Binary Defense Systems.  Both organizations focus on the betterment of the security industry from an offense and a defense perspective.  David also serves as a board of director for the ISC2 organization. David was the former CSO for a Diebold Incorporated where he ran the entire INFOSEC program. 

David is a co-author of the book “Metasploit:  The Penetration Testers Guide” the creator of the Social-Engineer Toolkit (SET), Artillery, and several popular open source tools.  David has been interviewed by several news organizations including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Katie Couric, and BBC World News.  David is the co-host of the social-engineer podcast and on several additional podcasts.  David has testified in front of Congress on two occasions on the security around government websites.  David is one of the founding authors of the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES); a framework designed to fix the penetration testing industry. David is the co-founder of DerbyCon, a large-scale conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  Prior to the private sector, David worked for the United States Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq twice for intelligence related missions.

Brent Huston - Serial Entrepreneur, Advisor, Inventor & Futurist

Brent Huston - Serial Entrepreneur, Advisor, Inventor & Futurist

Brent Huston is focused on information security, crime, fraud & industrial espionage. Interested in the impacts of technology across these activities. Frequent author, speaker and teacher on technology related risk & cyber-crime topics.

I am an expert-level security & criminal researcher with a history of innovative approaches, responsible disclosure, rational  control development & substantial findings. I have world-class experience with IoT, ICS/SCADA, utility & critical networks including threat modeling, segmentation, pen-testing, protocol/process/business logic weaknesses & incident response. My deep knowledge areas include application security, fuzzing, honeypots, open source intelligence & attacker deception/tampering. 

To date, I have brought more than a dozen technology products to market & hold two US patents. I act as an adviser, mentor & investor in multiple technology companies around the world. I’ve reviewed hundreds of products for security & scaleability, prepped many entrepreneurs for funding & performed market & trend analysis for several highly recognizable brands & product companies.

Bob West - Managing Director, Deloitte

Bob West - Managing Director, Deloitte

Bob West is the managing director with Deloitte in the Cyber Risk Services practice. He has worked in cybersecurity and identity and access management for over 20 years.

Previously, Bob was managing director at Careworks Tech and was responsible for the cybersecurity line of business. Prior to Careworks Tech, Bob was Chief Trust Officer at CipherCloud, a leading cloud security company. Prior to CipherCloud, Bob was CEO at Echelon One, an information security consulting and research firm. Prior to Echelon One, Bob was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati where he was responsible for the enterprise information security strategy. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Bob worked for Bank One in Columbus where he held several key leadership roles, including Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Bank One’s Retail Group. Prior to joining Bank One, Bob was a manager with Ernst & Young’s Information Security Services practice in Chicago, and a Senior Systems Officer with Citicorp International in New York and Chicago.

Bob received his bachelor of arts from Michigan State University and a Masters of management information systems from North Central College.


Special CSO Panel Featuring Marci McCarthy

Marci McCarthy is the CEO and President of T.E.N.

Marci McCarthy is the CEO and President of T.E.N.

Marci McCarthy is the CEO and President of T.E.N., an information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm. McCarthy has more than 20 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience, including founding T.E.N.’s flagship program, the Information Security Executive® of the Year (ISE®) Program Series, which is lauded by the IT industry as the premier recognition and networking program for security professionals in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, McCarthy launched ISE® Talent, which specializes in executive-level searches as well as high-demand security industry skill-sets and specializations across all industry verticals.

Special Event - Penetration Testing Workshop

  • When: Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 8:00 AM – Wed, May 1, 2019, 5:00 PM EDT

  • Where: Charlotte Convention Center, 501 South College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

  • Cost: ISSA Members - $225.00 Includes $25 Food Court gift card for breakfast and snacks and includes a Complimentary ticket to the May 2, 2019 Infosec Summit. Please use registered ISSA email address as promotional code.

    • Non-Members - $350.00 Includes $25 Food Court gift card for breakfast and snacks and discounted ticket (Member pricing of $45.00) to the May 2, 2019 Infosec Summit.

Course Description
This workshop is designed to introduce IT and cyber security professionals and students the mindset and tactics of malicious attackers in order to better defend networks against cyber attacks. One only has to look to the daily news cycle to not only see the number of security attacks that occur on a regular basis, but also the damage done to organizations by such attacks. Attackers continue to leverage old attacks while also introducing new tactics, which present a real and present danger against any organization, its clients, shareholders and employees. Every corporation needs IT professionals that understand how an attacker thinks and acts, as well as someone that can successfully integrate such knowledge into their daily job responsibilities.

Over the course of two days, participants will gain an understanding of how attackers work to compromise a target network and its resources, including an in-depth look at the Attacker Methodology. For those wishing to demonstrate their newly acquired cyber security knowledge, this course is designed to help participants prepare for penetration testing related exams such as the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and CompTIA’s Pentest+ exams. It can also act as a strong jumping off point on the journey to the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification.

Target Audience

  • Information Technology professionals and students looking to gain a better understanding of how attackers gain access to networks and how to defend against such tactics.

  • Security professionals looking to better understand the penetration testing process and gain additional information on how to defend their networks from attackers today.

  • Participants interested in learning more about the Information Security field.

While an understanding of basic networking concepts is useful, this course is designed to serve as a standalone learning experience. Experienced attendees should also find valuable tips on how to best defend against different security attacks seen today while brushing up on technical skills perhaps not used on a daily basis.

Minimum System Requirements
CPU: 2.0+ GHz processor or higher (64-bit preferred) 
RAM: 4 GB (Gigabytes) of RAM or higher

  • The more RAM the better. Some laptops require 8GB+ to not have any performance issues

Hard Drive Space: 30 gigabytes of free disk space 50+ gigabytes of free disk space preferred


Wireless Ethernet 802.11 
USB ports (3.0 recommended) 
Oracle VirtualBox installed and running (setup instructions will be provided prior to the course) 

  • Participants may choose to use VMware as an alternative though instructions provided are for VirtualBox Administrative access of main operating system 

  • Some exercises will require anti-malware applications to be disabled temporarily to function correctly

Software to complete the self-contained labs will be provided on a course USB for each student.

Setup instructions will be sent out prior to the course for those students that want to have their system preconfigured prior to coming to class.

Speaker Bio
Michael Holcomb is the Director of Information Security for Fluor, a Fortune 500 organization that is one of the world's largest construction, engineering and project services companies with 60,000 employees around the world. In his role at Fluor, Michael is responsible for penetration testing, vulnerability management, incident detection/response, and industrial controls for the global organization. In addition to his role at Fluor, he is the Founder and President of the Greenville ISSA Chapter and BSides Greenville.

He also teaches cyber security as an adjunct instructor at Greenville Technical College and helps students, career transitioners and others that are new to cyber security at

Course Outline & Learning Objectives


Module 1: Introduction to Penetration Testing
In the first module, the concept of “ethical” or “professional” hacking is introduced, including a discussion on penetration testing, the different phases of the Pentesting process and an overview of the formal penetration testing frameworks that exist today.

Module 2: Capturing Network Traffic
One essential skill for penetration testers and IT professionals alike is the ability to capture, examine and manipulate network traffic. This section covers the basics of using Wireshark to capture and examine network traffic, especially traffic generated by the various attacks launched during testing which can help such efforts become more successful.

Module 3: Reconnaissance
This module introduces the participant to the first step of the Attacker Methodology – Reconnaissance. This critical first step focuses on the penetration tester gaining as much relevant information about a target using various methods, including a collection of open source tools and information made publicly available on the Internet such as WHOIS records and social media postings.

Module 4: Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)
Coupled with the previous module on performing reconnaissance which primarily focuses on pure network security, this section looks to the broader world of OSINT and the different resources and techniques which are available in assisting IT and security practitioners in conducting their own OSINT investigations into discovering more about the people working in a target organization and the company itself.

Module 5: Social Engineering
Once additional information is discovered about a target organization’s employees and other human resources, social engineering tactics can be employed to gain access. This section will cover common techniques such as phishing and vishing, social engineering attacks conducted over email and phone calls.

A wide range of best practices to deploy in your own company will be discussed to help strengthen your organization against social engineering attacks.


Module 6: Scanning & Enumeration
This module will look at the different types of scanning techniques used by attackers while participants learn how to conduct network scans to identify live hosts, applications and potential vulnerabilities. Once an attacker has performed initial reconnaissance and has identified live systems, the next step is to conduct more detailed port scans to determine which services are running on a target system and if those services can be potentially exploited.

Module 7: Exploitation & Gaining Access
Once an attacker has identified systems and specifics on the various services that are exposed on these systems, the attacker or professional penetration tester will attempt to exploit any discovered vulnerabilities to gain access to the system. One of the most common exploitation frameworks, Metasploit, will be reviewed in this section while also walking through the creation of an exploit.

Module 8: Wireless Security
Most organizations have wireless networks deployed to enable their employees to easily access company networks without being tethered by physical cables. While wireless networks bring many conveniences, organizations and penetration testers alike need to be aware of recent developments in wireless security which could expose many networks deployed today. We will discuss a wide variety of concerns related to wireless networks, including more recent developments in wireless attacks in 2019.

Module 9: Web Application Attacks
Web applications are one of the most popular routes attackers will use to gain access to a network. This module will cover an overview of the OWASP Top 10 web application attacks such as SQL injection which is used to manipulate web apps which leverage a database backend. Poorly written and unprotected web applications can be susceptible to different attacks which can allow an attacker to bypass different traditional security controls and gain control of internal resources.