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ISSA Rochester Chapter

March 2015 Chapter Meeting

Join the local Rochester ISSA chapter for its March chapter meeting. This month’s meeting is the second of three hands-on sessions with Kali, a popular Linux distro used for pentesting.

This second session will provide provide attendees with a hands-on overview of the open-source forensics tools built into Kali. Future sessions will include “Pentesting with Kali,” concluding with a Capture The Flag (CTF) event in a separate session.

Admission is free for current ISSA members and $20 for non-members or expired members. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Space is limited so please RSVP.

Where: Nixon Peabody, 1300 Clinton Square, 14th floor (free parking underneath the building, bring the ticket to the meeting for validation)
When: Wednesday, March 25th, 6:00 PM (Please RSVP to by Monday, March 23rd.)

NOTE: If you missed the last session, you can still attend but will need to set up your environment prior to coming onsite.

Hands-on Seminar: Open-source Forensics Using Kali Linux

Formerly known as Backtrack, Kali Linux is a powerful pentesting platform. Unlike other distros, Kali has tightly integrated a number of the top security testing tools available. Exercises will be designed to simulate real-world scenarios and will include both general goals and step-by-step instructions for a personal and in-depth learning experience.


  • Discuss forensics methodology
  • Review handy Linux command-line tools
  • Survey open-source forensics tools
  • Perform forensics analysis of a suspect USB drive

Student Requirements

  • Students should be comfortable in Linux—we’ll be using Kali (and its command-line) extensively during all three sessions as the attacking platform.
  • A solid understanding of TCP/IP and various network services (DNS, DHCP, etc)
  • Knowledge of a scripting language (Perl, Python, Ruby) is helpful, but not required.
  • A tolerance/desire for moderate pain and suffering.

What Students Should Bring

Students are required to bring their own Windows 64-bit laptops with a minimum 8 GB RAM installed.

  • Administrative privileges (local admin equivalence is fine)
  • At least 60 GB HD free
  • Wireless network support
  • USB 2 or higher support

(Note: We will be using VMware Player, so if you already have a licensed version of VMware Workstation installed on your laptop, screenshots in the step-by-step instructions will be close but not exact.)


Instruction will be provided by several members of the local Rochester ISSA chapter. Please keep heckling to a minimum.

Please RSVP to by Monday, March 23rd to reserve your seat at this exciting event!