Kali Linux for Sysadmins: Defense

Branson Matheson, Cisco


Kali linux is a swiss-army toolkit with many great tools that sysadmins can leverage to improve the operation and security of their environment. This will be a self-guided training session that introduces the student to the basics of network and host based scanning to evaluate a system security footprint.

Branson Matheson, Cisco

Branson is a 30-year veteran of system architecture, administration, and security. He started as a cryptologist for the US Navy and has since worked on NASA shuttle and aerospace projects, TSA security and monitoring systems, secure mobile communications, and Internet search engines. He has also run his own company while continuing to support many open source projects. Branson speaks to and trains sysadmins and security personnel world wide; and he is currently a senior technical lead for Cisco Cloud Services. Branson has several credentials; and generally likes to spend time responding to the statement "I bet you can't...."

@conference {221960,
author = {Branson Matheson},
title = {Kali Linux for Sysadmins: Defense},
year = {2018},
address = {Nashville, TN},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
month = oct,
Who should attend: 

Sysadmins with an interest in learning basic security tools to enhance their operations.

Take back to work: 

Students can take both tools back to their environment and use them to evaluate system configuration and profile.

Topics include: 
  • Kali Linux
  • nmap
  • lynis
  • Should be very familiar with the unix command line including sudo(8), less(1), and the filesystem
  • Should be familiar with SSH
  • Should understand basic TCP/IP including IP, tcp/udp, and ports