The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group


The DFWCUG is an organization in Dallas TX that works with and helps organize new Cisco Users Groups in the US.

The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group

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The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group

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The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group is an independent users group which meets on the first Wednesday of each month for the open exchange of technical information regarding the networking industry and Cisco products for the benefit of Cisco users.
Our meetings are free to attend - all we ask is that you sign up via our membership / meeting announcements mailing list.

We also have a pizza buffet starting at 6:00 pm (no charge) with the main meeting starting at 6:30 pm.

No meeting in January due to New Years

Our Next Meeting - Wednesday February 7, 2018

Mobile Threat Detection using On-Device Machine Learning Engine

Mobile Threat Detection Platforms can assist users in the detection and prevention of cyber attacks across the Mobile Cyber Attack / Kill Chain. When attackers target an organization they will generally execute a multi-phased attack: Reconnaissance, Exploitation, Infection and then Manipulation. Traditional solutions require cloud connectivity & signature updates. Many times, zero-day exploits run wild from 1-3 years before being discovered and characterized. Then a signature hash can be leveraged for traditional Anti-Virus scanning engines. I will demonstrate on live equipment a proven Machine Learning solution that runs on the smartphone (iOS & Android), where no cloud connection nor signature updates are required to provide immediate Detection.


Mark Szewczul, CISSP, IoT Security Architect - Zimperium

Mark is an IoT Security Architect at Zimperium with over 20 years of experience from Semiconductor, Telecom & Computing sectors. He has mastered design, testing & integration of various systems. His passion entails implementing best practices of security, privacy & safety principles at all 7-layers & beyond. He has his MSEE in Information Science & Systems from Texas A&M University & 3 patents.

Mark Szewczul

Sponsor: TBD

Our Last Meeting - Wednesday December 6, 2017

How to become a Penetration tester - An attempt to guide the next generation of hackers through my mistakes


Penetration Testers (aka.Ethical hackers) come from different backgrounds: developers, database, system, or network administrators, etc.. In this talk we will discuss how the decisions you are making today may influence your area of expertise. We will also cover the different paths, certifications that matter, jobs that will help you towards the area you wish to specialize in and what skills you should be concentrating in while in school. Finally, we will go over expectations of becoming a penetration tester, we will touch on women within penetration testing and give you an idea of what to expect in the real world. I have stumbled through security with no guidance for most of life. Let me stop you from making my mistakes and wasting money in certifications that wont take you very far.


Perla Caston, OCSP, Penetration Test Consultant, IBM X-Force Red

Perla Caston is a Security Consultant with IBM X-Force Red is an elite, global team that provides security testing services to organizations of all sizes. Perla has has over fifteen years of Network Security experience focusing on Firewalls, Linux administration, IPS/IDS, and VPN technologies, along with SOX, HIPAA and PCI compliance. Perla holds a bachelor in Computer Sciences, and OSCP, CCSE, CCEPE, CSSA, MCTP, CISSP, CCSA.


The DFWCUG wishes to thank MPowerMe as our meeting sponsor for December 2017


MpowerMe provides innovative IT staffing solutions with a focus on network infrastructure across many industry verticals.

MpowerMe has a recruiting approach different than most traditional staffing and recruiting firms: Simply put, we understand technology and we understand people. That combination gives us the ability to deliver top talent at the right time. We believe that in order to truly understand if a candidate and a company are a good match, you need to understand what the position entails. Just like as an engineer needs to understand the business requirements in order to architect a working solution, a recruiter needs to understand the business and technical requirements of a position and speak the same language with the candidate in order to make the match.

MpowerMe knows the Cisco community and can provide contract IT professionals, contract-to-permanent and permanent placements across the US.

Kristi Wade
Technology Talent Magnet
kwade AT
(817) 239-3005