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Weaponised PDFs Masterclass

Postponed - New date and time to be announced soon!

Guest Speaker: Geraint Williams, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at GRC International Group

Following the interest of the audience and success of Geraint Williams’s talk on Thursday 29 November on Weaponised PDFs, Geraint is planning to hold a full-day Weaponised PDFs workshop/masterclass on Saturday 19 January.Geraint Williams

The Weaponised PDFs Masterclass is still in the planning stages, and more details will be available shortly. It is proposed that during the Masterclass attendees will undertake the following:

  • Create their own weaponised PDF using a variety of techniques
  • Test their PDF on a target
  • Reverse engineer weaponised PDF that are in the wild

The masterclass will be kept as practical as possible. Attendees will have to work through a review following the presenter’s instructions and a worksheet on their virtual machines before undertaking practical work by themselves either in pairs or small groups.

A booklet will be provided that will not only have the worksheets for the review and guidance notes for the practical work but also details on the methodology, techniques and tools that can be used.

Attendees are expected to be familiar with Windows and Linux GUI and command line environments. Having knowledge of Kali and Metasploit would be advantageous.

About Geraint Williams:

“I have previously taught Information Security, Ethical Hacking and Digital forensics at the University of Bedfordshire and since then have been a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor and consultant and have worked with breached companies along with household names to ensure they meet the minimum security requirement to protect cardholder data. I have also worked as an Ethical Hacker and Information security consultant but now the Chief Information Security Officer for GRC International Group.

I am passionate about continued learning and being an evangelist for information security. My interests include electronics as well as computing and been known to turn Arduino and Raspberry Pi’s into hacking tools.”

Geraint is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced Information Security consultant with experience including vulnerability testing, digital forensics, secure networking, and wireless security issues. He has a strong technical knowledge of security and IT infrastructure including high performance computing. Geraint has a number of certifications in security and digital forensics including CISSP, CISA, CEH and CHFI.

This event is being organised by the University of Bedfordshire CST School together with the BCS Student Chapter / Beds Computing SU Society


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