The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group


The DFWCUG is an organization in Dallas TX that works with and helps organize new Cisco Users Groups in the US.

The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group

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The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group

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The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group is an independent users group which meets on the first Wednesday of each month for the open exchange of technical information regarding the networking industry and Cisco products for the benefit of Cisco users.
Our meetings are free to attend - all we ask is that you sign up via our membership / meeting announcements mailing list.

We also have a pizza buffet starting at 6:00 pm (no charge) with the main meeting starting at 6:30 pm.

Our Next Meeting - Wednesday March 7, 2018

Getting Started with Python (For Network Engineers)

This session is a Hands-On Workshop for Network Engineers that have little or no experience with the Python Scripting/Programming Language. The goal of this Workshop is not to actually teach the fundamentals of the Language. (Although we will provide numerous links to excellent resources to learn Python.) Instead, the Workshop will walk the attendees through the process of setting up many of the key tools on their laptop to make the development of Python scripts/programs easy to write and debug. This includes installing the latest Python compilers (both 2.7 and 3.6) on their Windows PC’s, installing the PyCharm Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that helps you write Python programs, installing the git utility to quickly and easily download Python Code Repositories and many other tips and techniques.

By the end of this Workshop, the attendee will have all the key tools loaded onto their laptop and have a basic understanding as to how to make use of them. They will also have a quick exposure to the Python Language via some simple examples ("Hello World" and other examples) and will have access to additional resources to learn the Python programming language.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because it is unlikely that Cisco IT will be able to supply WiFi access to attendees at this DFWCUG meeting, attendees wishing to participate in the Hands-On exercises MUST have pre-stage (but not installed) key installer packages on their laptop prior to coming to the meeting. They will then be walked through the steps to install and setup these tools. Watch for more details on the links to the installers that must be pre-staged in our Newsletter that is sent to all registered DFWCUG members.


Beau Williamson

Bio is forthcoming.

Beau Williamson

Sponsor TBD for March 7, 2018


Our Last Meeting - Wednesday February 7, 2017

Mobile Threat Detection using On-Device Machine Learning Engine


Mobile Threat Detection Platforms can assist users in the detection and prevention of cyber attacks across the Mobile Cyber Attack / Kill Chain. When attackers target an organization they will generally execute a multi-phased attack: Reconnaissance, Exploitation, Infection and then Manipulation. Traditional solutions require cloud connectivity & signature updates. Many times, zero-day exploits run wild from 1-3 years before being discovered and characterized. Then a signature hash can be leveraged for traditional Anti-Virus scanning engines. I will demonstrate on live equipment a proven Machine Learning solution that runs on the smartphone (iOS & Android), where no cloud connection nor signature updates are required to provide immediate Detection.


Mark Szewczul, CISSP, IoT Security Architect - Zimperium

Mark is an IoT Security Architect at Zimperium with over 20 years of experience from Semiconductor, Telecom & Computing sectors. He has mastered design, testing & integration of various systems. His passion entails implementing best practices of security, privacy & safety principles at all 7-layers & beyond. He has his MSEE in Information Science & Systems from Texas A&M University & 3 patents.

The DFWCUG wishes to thank Performance Recruiters as our meeting sponsor for February 2018


Performance Recruiters, Inc. specializes in the recruitment of Information Technology professionals exclusively in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Founded in 1985, we have established ourselves as a dominant resource for local companies in identifying and acquiring superior talent for their organizations.

Ron Ritchey
(817) 329-6830