#misec, An Open Community

About #misec

Converge Detroit
A security conference in May!

A security conference in October!

OWASP Oakland County
Our local brach of OWASP goodness

Michigan Cyber Security Conference

Detroit Autonomous Vehicle Meetup

Detroit Defcon Group – DC313

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    Meet our leadership team

    Ali Faraj

    Southfield Director

    Kyle Andrus

    Jackson Director

    Senior Incident Responder with a love for memory forensics.

    Brian Martinez

    Lansing Director

    Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) analyst with a propensity for relationship building and communicating the importance of education, security, and risk. Previously an IT auditor and a Unix sysadmin (stuck in the body of a Windows sysadmin). Presented at EDUCAUSE 2018, #misec Lansing, BSides Detroit, and performed at Go! Comedy in Ferndale.

    Nick Wright (MoonyThinker)

    Lansing Chapter Co-Director & Director of Education and Outreach

    Moony (Nick) is an information technology professional and enthusiast with an equal passion for community building. With the Lansing Chapter, Nick focuses on working with the chapter members to help create and coordinate events to help boost professional social gatherings and knowledge building. Additionally, as the Director of Education and Outreach for #misec, Moony works to educate Michigan’s residents about how they can reduce risks and technical exhaustion while increasing technical confidence.

    In addition to #misec, Moony is involved and a board member of many other Michigan-based organizations and non-profits. He is also heavily engaged in various art communities and projects.

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoonyThinker
    Email: Lansing@misec.us

    Jason Foster

    Grand Rapids Director

    Jason is an application security geek who enjoys hardware & software hacking. He is also blessed to get to teach for the University of Michigan as an Adjunct Professor in their College of Engineering Nexus. 6.5+ years of his life was devoted to helping Uncle Sam & his defense contractors protect their collective assets. He enjoys speaking about security & cryptography.

    Xavier D. Johnson

    Detroit Director

    IT professional with over 10 years of professional experience focused on Security for the past 6 years. Hands on experience in multiple enterprise environments building multiple security tools, Active Penetration Testing, and threat modeling.

    Kent Gruber

    Ann Arbor Director

    Product security engineer and open source developer.

    Ben Banfield

    Marquette Director

    Ben Banfield is a cybersecurity enthusiast who lives in Negaunee, MI with his wife, kids, dog and cats.  When he isn’t glued to his computer messing around with try-hack-me and hack-the-box, he spends time mountain biking, rock climbing and camping at the most remote places he can find.  When he isn’t doing those things, he is playing hockey or softball.

    Steven Legg


    Brad McMahon


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