The Right Stuff, DALL-E, Pardon? and Unknown Knowns in Cybersecurity

August 25, 2022 by Elio Grieco

September 12th, 2022, 6:00-9:00pm MST

Gateway Community College

September 12th will be a SWCSF hybrid meeting, virtual and on-site in our new room MA 1100N (the Saguaro Room) at Gateway Community College.

Floorplan for room MA 1100N at Gateway Community College


The best place to park is in lot 4. Lot 3 can also be used, but it's slightly farther away.

Gateway Parking Map


  • 6:00 - 6:30pm: Networking and Food
  • 6:30 - 6:40pm: Meeting Start and Announcements
  • 6:40 - 7:00pm: Cyber Threat Updates by Erik Graham
  • 7:10 - 7:40pm: The Right Stuff
  • 7:40 - 8:10pm: DALL-E, Pardon?
  • 8:10 - 8:45pm: Unknown Knowns in Cybersecurity
  • 8:45 - 9:00pm: Wrap Up and Networking

Presentation 1: The Right Stuff

Rich Owen will speak about creating and maintaining a cost-effective cyberspace program. This talk is based on his book The Alchemy of Information Protection: A Cybersecurity Druid's Spell Book.

Cybersecurity is not a one size fits all solution; therefore, security must be tailored to the needs of the individual. The purpose of this book is to provide readers with rational business processes by which they can understand what information is important, and why. "The Alchemy of Information Protection" was specifically written for:

  1. The non-cybersecurity executive or business owner who wants to gain an understanding of their role in the protection of the company's information assets.
  2. The person in the company who is tasked with creating and maintaining a cost-effective program to protect the company's information assets.
  3. The Chief Information Security Officer who may be reminded of some points where they can improve their programs.
Book cover of The Alchemy of Information Protection

Presentation 2: DALL-E, Pardon?

John Nash has a new toy. It's name is DALL-E 2. He'll do a live demo showing off its capabilities and limitations.

Normally we write a caption for an existing picture, but what if we could reverse that process? There are world changing implications of starting from the caption and having an "AI" (really a multimodal ML model) near instantly generate images to match what you have written.

While we're looking at the creativity of computers, we'll discuss the implications this has for phishing and other aspects of cybersecurity, some legal implications of the technology and the images it produces, and the finer points and difficulties of writing prompts that actually lead to desired images.

Dramatic photo of muppets made in the style of H.R. Giger

Presentation 3: Unknown Knowns in Cybersecurity

Elio Grieco will provide a brief overview of some lesser known concepts in cybersecurity, software development, and computer science. Including topics such as the Parkerian Hexad, the Cyber Defense Triad, lesser known types of operating systems (no, not Mac, Win, Linux), types of hashing, side channels, and whatever else we can fit into an hour from a existing list of about 45 topics.

This talk has grown from notes inspired by and taken while attending various security conferences for years now. There are some concepts that get referenced constantly, there are newer trends that are eagerly thrown around, but there are also many forgotten or overlooked corners of the industry. Many of these would likely provide better solutions to the problems we've been facing for years, if only people knew that they existed so that they could apply them.

The Parkerian Hexad

Virtual Attendance

Virtual session will start early so attendees can network & enjoy the atmosphere.

Zoom Meeting ID: 391 351 6624

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Attend in Person

GateWay Community College
Room: MA 1100N, the Saguaro Room Washington Campus, Main Building
108 N 40th St,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
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Free food will be provided, but we're switching nationalities this meeting. Afghan food and soft drinks will be provided to all attendees. If you've never had Afghan food, it has similarities to Indian and Mediterranean food.

If you have other preferences, Speedy Street Tacos is within walking distance, just past the East parking lot. There are also a few other restaurants within a short drive of the college.

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