Nova Labs has a lot to offer in the realm of building, making, and promoting creativity. If you check back on the Nova Labs flickr stream you’ll find an in-laid Electro-Luminescent cord (video) in a CNC milled board (photo) that really can’t be described as anything less than a work of art. Meanwhile, there has been a growing number of people participating in Information Security themed events. So far there have been Binary Bash and Packet Party meetings focusing on setting up an analysis environment, or picking apart challenges from Capture The Flag competitions from Info-Sec conferences such as DEFCON and GRRcon. The good thing is that there are more Info-Sec events to be added to the calendar.
In mid-february Richard Harman (a founding member of Nova Labs) presented at Shmoocon 2013 on Malware Analysis: Training, Collaboration & Automation. At the end of the presentation, Malware Analysis Training classes were announced for Nova Labs. As promised, the classes will start on April 17th at 7pm (that’s a Wednesday) and will run until 9pm. Registration for the classes will be through the Nova Labs meetup website, and will be $25 per class per student. These classes will show how easy Malware Analysis can be (unfortunately it isn’t always easy), but also demonstrate how exciting it can be to learn. The first class is MAL100 – Basic Dynamic Malware Analysis. Students will learn the tools, and how a simple back-door trojan operates. With wide-spread reports of companies and newspapers reporting that they had been compromised, the need for skilled analysts capable of performing Malware Analysis is at an all-time high.