Resources

Aplura’s consultants are part of the information security community, and as such develop papers and participate in seminars and speaking events. Feel free to check the schedule or download any content that might be valuable to your organization.

Please let us know if you find something particularly helpful or if you have a specific request.


Aplura provides tailored information security solutions to meet our clients’ specific needs. There are several security disciplines we can address, including:

  • Information assurance
  • IT audit
  • Security assessment — (See Aplura Security Assessment – Overview)
  • Log and security data centralization
  • Evaluation, design and deployment of security solutions

Read more on what we can provide in this document: Aplura Overview.


Seminars, Lectures, and Public Appearances

May 16, 2013

Presentation: Security Analytics (PDF)

Sean Wilkerson presented a technical Workshop at SplunkLiveDC

May 15, 2013

Presentation: Advanced Architecture Topics: (PDF)

Sean Wilkerson presented a technical Workshop at SplunkLiveDC

 April 27, 2013

Presentation: Go After the IT Job You Want

Sean Wilkerson was asked to provide a presentation on the value of an IT foundation knowledge to ITTTech: Owings Mills campus.

April 25, 2012

Presentation: Master the Basics

Dan Deighton was asked to provide a presentation on the value of an IT foundation knowledge to ITTTech: Owings Mills campus.

April 27, 2011

Panelist: Cyber Safety Conference

Aplura was invited to participate in US Congressman Roscoe Bartlett’s 2nd Cyber Safety Conference

February 17, 2011

Presentation: Look Before You SIM:(PDF)

Sean Wilkerson presented to a federal government audience on the perils and planning required to deploy SIM as well as some personal experiences from the field.

January 25, 2011

Presentation: Exponential Threats to a Digital Age: (PDF)

Sean Wilkerson delievered information security awareness training to the CIO organization of a civilian US Agency.

December 8-9, 2010

Panelist: SANS Log Management Summit 2010

Sean Wilkerson was asked by SANS to by Splunk to present on “Log Analysis for Security and Operational Awareness: Analysts share their techniques and secrets for using log analysis tools to detect intrusions and extrusions in the enterprise. Managing resources, maintaining situational awareness, and balancing operational and security findings are all topics for this exciting panel.

November 3, 2010

Panelist: Splunk Live Baltimore Expert Panelist

Sean Wilkerson was Invited by Splunk to sit on their panel during the Splunk Live Baltimore event.

November 9, 2009

Presentation: Security Threats of Modern Day Banking Customers

Sean Wilkerson was asked to present at the CISO Forum of a US Agency regarding security threats that challenge banking customers. We will discuss threats, threat-vectors and mitigations.

May 7, 2009

Presentation: Void Your Warranty

Presented by Sean Wilkerson. Typical enterprise network security architecture includes many solutions (software and hardware) designed to do things such as enhance visibility/detection of threats or stop unwanted traffic. Billions of dollars are spent each year on security products which keep color graphs on our executives desks, security managers at relative peace, and the vendors in business, but what are these products missing?
The average IT Security administrator is slowly losing control of their network with each appliance or turn-key solution they install. We will discuss how to get back this control, hold your vendors and staff accountable, and why this is critical.

April 6-7, 2009

Panelist: SANS Log Management Summit 2009

Sean Wilkerson was recommended by Splunk to present on “Innovative Uses of Log Management: Beyond Compliance. One attendee (Misha Govshteyn CTO of AlertLogic) posted this favorable review of Sean’s presentation which begins: Sean Wilkerson from Aplura gave one of the only substantive looks at broader trends in log management..

March 11, 2009

Presentation: Log Centralization For Security:(PPT), (PDF), (ODP)

Sean Wilkerson presented at CALUG‘s March meeting, on Centralizing Security Data – Current Threats, Trends, and Deployment Considerations. One attendee (Dustin Fritz from the Computer Network Defense Group) posted this blog entry of the event.

January 27, 2009

Video: Splunk ROI Interview

The Splunk video team pulled Sean Wilkerson aside for an interview during a seminar.

October 21, 2008

Panelist: Splunk Live East Customer Panelist

Sean Wilkerson was invited by Splunk to sit on their panel during the Splunk Live East event.

August 2008

Presentation: Wireless Policy Enforcement Market Survey – 2008: (PPT), (PDF), (ODP)

Aplura performed a market survey and evaluation of WIPS products in August 2008

October 10, 2007

Presentation: Before You SIM: A look at central log collection DOs and DON’Ts

A discussion of SIM (Security Information Management) technology, what it is, and how it might or might not be helpful to an organization. Also covered is: determining requirements, vendor selection, implementation, and validation.

August 8, 2007

Presentation: FOSS Virtualization Technologies

Overview of existing virtualization technologies followed by a real-world example featuring Xen. Tips, tricks and gotchas will be covered.

June 13, 2007

Presentation: Make a Failed COTS Solution Useful With FOSS

How we overcame a technical limitation with a proprietary solution using a little creativity and FOSS to convert 100 COTS IDS appliances into our own security platform.