Going Virtual

Due to the ongoing situation with the Delta Variant and rising cases, VASCAN 2021 will now be a Virtual Conference.  Registration for sessions and training is still required.

Thursday, October 7


  • Sessions 9 AM - 5 PM - links coming soon
  • Mini breaks and lunch breaks will be planned

Friday, October 8


  • Sessions 9 AM - TBD
  • Training (must be registered) 9 AM - 5 PM - Links coming soon
  • Mini breaks and lunch breaks will be planned

VASCAN is looking for speakers and presentations from its member community for this conference.
If you would like to share your experience and knowledge with your peers,
please consider submitting a proposal to speak at the conference.

Training Information: Linux Forensics
Virtual event - same subject, date, and time

  • Friday, October 8th, 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Presented by Hal Pomeranz

Linux is everywhere, and as attacks on Linux become more and more common, there is an increasing demand for skilled Linux investigators, but even experienced forensics professionals may lack sufficient background to conduct Linux investigations properly. This hands-on course is a quick start to the world of Linux forensics. First, learn how to use memory forensics to rapidly triage systems and spot attacker malware and rootkits. Next, learn where the most critical on-disk artifacts live and how they can help further an investigation. Finally, rapidly process Linux logs and build a clearer picture of what happened on the system. Student requirements: A BitTorrent client for downloading course materials and a computer with at least 150GB of free space and capable of running a 64-bit VMware virtual machine using 4GB of RAM. This course assumes the student has at least some knowledge of digital methods, such as evidence acquisition. In addition, this training is heavily command-line driven, so basic familiarity with the Linux command-line is helpful.

Key Training Takeaways

  • Acquiring and analyzing Linux memory
  • Accessing complex Linux disk geometries
  • Rapid triage for key Linux artifacts
  • Linux log analysis

2021 VASCAN Founders Award

Call for Nominations

The Virginia Alliance for Security Computing and Networking (VASCAN) is soliciting nominations for the 2021 VASCAN Founders Award (Formerly, the Shirley Payne IT Security Advancement Award). Details are outlined below, and anyone associated with VASCAN or the broader Commonwealth of Virginia (COV) information security community can submit a nomination.

About the Award

In 2015, VASCAN established this award in honor of Shirley Payne, one of the founding members of VASCAN, a former information security officer at the University of Virginia and an extraordinarily generous collaborator regarding information security in Virginia and beyond. In the following years, each of the founders of VASCAN were recognized for their contributions to establishing the VASCAN. The VASCAN Founders Award recognizes special efforts toward strengthening IT security within the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is given annually to an information security professional, manager, or auditor who has: 

• contributed to the Virginia information security community notably; or, 

• joined the community and exhibited an admirable commitment to developing, in themselves and others, the skills necessary to execute and advance an information security program. 

As relates to a COV information security program or the COV IT security community, successful nominees will exhibit one or more of the following: 

• Outstanding information security accomplishment(s) 

• Extraordinary service related to information security 

• Inspiring leadership in one or more areas of IT security 

• Extraordinary enthusiasm, energy, and/or teamwork in the advancement of information security 

• Exemplary effort to nurture a climate of understanding and acceptance of IT Security principles 

• Creativity or innovation in advancing IT security processes and solutions 

• Effectiveness in applying or garnering the support of IT Security Principles 

The award will be presented at the annual VASCAN conference in October.

To Submit a Nomination

Send a Founders Award Nomination by October 1, 2021, Doug Streit, 2021 VASCAN Founders Award Committee Chair. 

Previous Award Winners

2020 Dr. Hongyi Wu, Old Dominion University

2019 Mark DeDomenic, Old Dominion University

2018 David Raymond, Virginia Cyber Range Virginia Tech

2017 Dan Han, Virginia Commonwealth University 

Founders Awarded

Cathy Hubbs, American University

Randy Marchany, Virginia Tech

Wayne Donald, Virginia Tech

Shirley Payne, University of Virginia

Darlene Quackenbush, James Madison University