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Topic: NSA Revelations Deconstructed - What Now?

  • Jul 13, 2014 · 1:30 PM

It has been over a year since the Snowden revelations have revealed the breath and depth of the NSA's surveillance and interception activities. While some of these revelations have been known in the technical community to security and privacy professionals, the Snowden revelations have exposed how massive the activities are and have informed the general public of their existence. Oftentimes the coverage in the popular press has been distorted or incorrectly presented. In this presentation we will summarize dozens of NSA programs and deconstruct what they mean in simple technical terms that you can understand. Finally, we will present some simple but effective ways to improve your personal computer security in terms of communications, storage and secure computing. This topic may be considered politically charged to some people but we will attempt to present an accurate description of the various NSA programs often substituting humor for politics.

Dan Diebolt is an electrical and computer engineer with 30+ years of experience in the automotive, defense, semiconductor and IT industries. Dan has worked in various engineering, marketing and sales positions for various high tech companies and currently works in IT and security. Additionally, Dan teaches occasionally Cryptology in the Information Security program at Davenport University and has been an adjunct lecturer in the Electrical Engineering program with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dan has an MBA and MSEE degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a BSEE degree from the University of Michigan and holds various technical certifications including COMPTIA A+, Network+ and Security+.

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  • Leo M.

    Churchill “When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which then might have effected a cure. There is nothing new in the story. It is as old as the sibylline books. It falls into that long, dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong–these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.” I found this at:

    July 14, 2014

  • Leo M.

    Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it. . . There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. . . You had to
    live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.
    —George Orwell, 1984

    July 13, 2014

  • Leo M.

    I am saddened by what was revealed today but I am trying to be pragmatic about it. Could so much have happened so quickly? The book that Dan brought to our attention "Puzzle Palace" has a copy write of 1982 and can be found here:
    Please get involved in your, and your kids life, and pay attention to what is going on. Maybe even form an opinion, and then express it. Be actively involved in your opinion!

    July 13, 2014

  • Mike B.

    great topic, I will share presentation ASAP

    July 13, 2014

  • Christopher E.

    Man I'm really bummed I missed the meeting. I had to take a friend to the airport at the last minute. If anyone has a transcript or minutes from the meeting, I'd greatly appreciate it.

    Hope to see you all at the next meeting.

    July 13, 2014

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