InfoSec Workshop Belfast

    Tuesday 8 July 2014

    Jason Murdock, Editor of Off The Record wrote about the day's training:

    A day with the surveillance expert – CIJ’s Arjen Kamphuis

    This workshop will give an overview of the range of threats from public and private organisations and the various measures to deal with them.

    You will be taught what tools to use (and not use) under certain conditions and how to overcome state-level attacks against your communications on a shoestring budget should you need it.

    While many of the threats to electronic communications have been discussed for decades, the revelations made by Edward Snowden last year have shown us the scope and scale of the intrusion on our basic rights as humans and journalists.

    As a journalist you need to be able to protect your sources, yourself and your story (in that order). This means securing both content and meta-data relating to any communications you have with them by electronic or other means.

    In the future the ability of a journalist to effectively do this could determine if sources come to them or not. Glenn Greenwald was almost passed over for the scoop of a lifetime because he did not have encrypted email on his laptop at the time Snowden was trying to contact him.

    Journalists have now begun to include their email encryption PGP/GPG key fingerprint and ID on their business cards and on their email signatures, so potential sources know there is the option of secure communication. Encrypting email will be one of the options you'll have at your disposal at the end of the workshop.

    After the introduction to basic theory and some discussion we will get hands on and set up various tools to browse anonymously - being aware of the metadata you leave behind, chat and mail with encryption and prevent data-loss from theft/confiscation of laptops and storage media. This will include the TOR-browser, Truecrypt, GPG, mailcrypto and other tools time permitting.

    The software tools that will be shown and used are all free, open source tools and will work on Windows, Mac and Linux laptops. They will not work on iPads and Android tablets. Please bring a laptop you are able/allowed to install software on and contact us with any specific questions beforehand.

    Trainer: Arjen Kamphuis is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gendo. ( since 2005. Previously He worked for IBM as IT architect, trainer and IT strategy advisor. As CTO of Gendo he advises several national governments, non-profits and Fortune-500 companies on technology-policy. Since 2009 Arjen has been training journalists, politicians, lawyers, human rights workers and whistleblowers to defend their communications and data from government or corporate intrusions or manipulation.
    Venue: The Detail in Belfast provides investigations and analysis in Northern Ireland. They have kindly agreed to host this training workshop to bring it to a wider audience.
    The training room is to be confirmed but the address is:
    The Detail, Fifth Floor The Warehouse, 7 James Street South, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT2 8DN. 
    Booking details: The training will be free but places are limited, please email to book your place. 
    The workshop will run from about 10am to 4pm which includes the introduction and practical sessions.