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Post Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:25 pm

Local Hacker Community

I know some cities might have more of a "hacker community" than other, but how do you find it? I know there have to be security professionals in the area, but I don't even know to start looking for them, other than Google search (and that is getting me zero results).

So, how do you advertise that you're looking for people in the community with to meet, get ideas, collaborate on projects, etc.? I got my CEH a few years ago, but I have been out the community, and my job doesn't focus on security. I'd like to meet with local people and really get more into the security field.

Thanks!
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Post Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:35 pm

Re: Local Hacker Community

Check out meetings of your local Infraguard chapter if you have one. Or maybe there's a local LUG that you could network at...

If you're in a smaller town (like me), you may just be out of luck.
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Post Wed Dec 22, 2010 6:56 pm

Re: Local Hacker Community

Perfect, there are both where I live. :)
I guess you just have to know the right words to search for?

I knew there was a SQL Server Users Group here, but I didn't think to look for LUG. Is there one specifically for information security?
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Post Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:46 pm

Re: Local Hacker Community

Its possible, but I'm not aware of any.

Infraguard is going to be more geared toward security than a Linux User Group.
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Post Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:52 am

Re: Local Hacker Community

Infragard looks like it's pretty active, and probably has a lot of members, so I'm definitely going to check that out.

I'll also try to attend the Linux Users Group, but one of my friends told me that it's a pretty small group, and some sponsors have pretty much taken it over and turned it into a place to promote themselves. :-\
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Post Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:23 am

Re: Local Hacker Community

Also.. you can search for Defcon or DC and your local area code.  Most major area codes have their own DC chapter.  Speaking of which, big shout out to the dc206, miss you guys.  Hope Noid makes some good BBQ and everything is going well with the Black Lodge.
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Post Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:01 pm

Re: Local Hacker Community

This is all really good stuff!

By the way, the purpose of this is that I haven't been active in the security/hacker community at all for about a year or two, including posts on these forums (my last post before yesterday was August of last year!). I also like to work with electronics and microcontrollers, which is why I wanted to find more of a local community, maybe even a hackerspace or something similar.

I originally got interested in IT/programming/security because of a group of friends back where I grew up. They helped me learn some programming, some hardware, introduced me to Linux (outside of the GUI), lots of game-console modding, and basically gave me my whole start in the technology industry. That being said, it's been hard to find something like that where I live now, and I think I'll be able to find that in the local hacker community. It's even more likely to find that within the LUG or DC group, I think. Infragard seems way more professional, which I also like, so I'm going to try to attend all of them.

Thanks everyone! ;D
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Post Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:37 pm

Re: Local Hacker Community

you can also search for city sec:

examples off the top of my head
BeanSec
PhillySec
ArbSec
OSWP, Sec+
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Re: Local Hacker Community

Infragard, ISSA, ISACA, OWASP, DC<area code>, <subject> users' group.
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Post Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:49 am

Re: Local Hacker Community

if you aren't afraid to possibly meet a black hat or 2, your local 2600 meeting... If any of them are still active.
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Post Wed May 04, 2011 10:09 am

Re: Local Hacker Community

You can also look into Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).
{issa.org}

It is more of a "Professional" org (read CISSP).
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Post Thu May 05, 2011 3:00 am

Re: Local Hacker Community

Dont forget your local hackerspaces! http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/List_of_Hacker_Spaces and 2600 is still pretty active in some countries  8)
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