Presented at the 14th NCITE and toured Dipolog City 2016

It was my first time to submit a research paper in a national conference. In the academe, getting support is a challenging task because you need to convince the admin that the paper you will be presenting is worth the expenses.

I’m happy that my boss, the dean of the school was supportive of this initiative. The research was about how to detect anonymous traffic within a local area network (LAN) using different patterns. You can read my paper here and here.

I submitted the paper twice because of the recommendations given by the reviewers. Overall, the paper got a good rating and was given a go signal for presentation.

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Before presenting… Didn’t expect that the PM session will be moved in the auditorium!
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While presenting…
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With my students and co-authors, Aliana Lachica and Wisdom Abinal; my supportive fiancee, Ashley beside me
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With my former professor in PLM, Dr. Neil Balba, who was the session facilitator

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The travel time from Manila to Dipolog is around 50 minutes. I stayed in Hotel Camila 1 which is 15 minutes away from the airport. Most of the hotels provide a service from the airport to their place.

The hotel I stayed in was modest but it had the basic amenities in a usual hotel. For the 3 nights I stayed, I only paid around 3,300 pesos, although I had to buy breakfast on my own.

Dipolog is generally safe. The city is not yet fully developed and the mode of commute around the place is through tricycles. I was surprised because majority of the time that I was in the hotel, a lot of the people there were carrying guns. Some of them were in military uniform while others were not.

There were a couple of times too that we (Ashley and I) felt that somebody was following us. That’s why I advise those who plan to visit to remain vigilant and alert always.

The tricycle drivers, waiters and waitresses, vendors, receptionists and majority of those I interacted with were helpful and hospitable. We were able to walk around the famous boardwalk at the Sunset Blvd. and had food trips in different restaurants/cafe such as D’Hotel and Chapters A Book Cafe. One notable thing with their food is that it is cheap but with quality.

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From the airport
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At Sunset Blvd.
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Selfie with Ashley en route to the Dipolog airport c/o Hotel Camila’s service
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One of Dipolog’s Modern malls. 🙂 
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Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral

Detecting Command and Control Traffic Using Botnet Correlator Module

Last June 8, 2015, I presented a paper entitled “Detecting Command and Control Traffic Using Botnet Correlator Module” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The paper was a product of a project in APC together with my students in INFOSEC. The trip was entirely sponsored by the school (thank you so much!) and the experience was very unforgettable.

Going to Kuala Lumpur

I rode a Cebu Pacific plane going to Malaysia last Jun 7 in NAIA Terminal 3. As usual, the airport was jampacked with people. The flight was around 4 hours long and arrived at the KLIA2. I then rode an express train (20-minute train) going to the downtown KL.

I met my former officemate in the Philippines who is already working in KL. He toured me around KL (Petronas, Jalon Alor) and brought me to the hotel, Melia Hotel.

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With Ashley Dy in front of the Petronas Towers (thanks Alfred for the picture)

Conference Day

It’s a good thing that the school booked in the hotel where the conference will be held. The parallel sessions started at 8am. It was my first time to present in an international conference and I was very nervous. The presenters were mostly Muslims coming from Malaysia, Indonesia, India other neighboring countries. The participants were very friendly and excited too. I met 2 other professors from the Philippines, Terry from UP-Diliman and Marylene from MUST in Mindanao.

With Terry from UP-Diliman (leftmost ) and Ederlyn from MUST (2nd from the right) after the presentation.
With Terry from UP-Diliman (leftmost ) and Ederlyn from MUST (2nd from the right) after the presentation.

I attended and listened to the keynote presentation of Dr. Rozhan Mohammed Idrus who discussed about “IT Education and Its Impact to the Society.” He coined the term, “technogogy” which means blending in of technology to the teaching pedagogy. In essence, Dr. Idrus pointed out that teachers and the curriculum must be able to adapt with the technological advances in today’s world.

My presentation was scheduled in the afternoon. The paper is an applied research on how to detect Botnet traffic in a Local Area Network (LAN) using Snort and aggregated reputable Botnet sources.

The presentation lasted for 10 minutes. The PDF presentation can be found in this link: BCM_Presentation.

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I went to fetch my girl friend in Pavillion Mall and ate dinner there. We rode Uber going to another mall outside KL called Publika.

Last day in KL, walking around the city

Our third and last day in Malaysia was spent in touring around the city by foot. We went to Mydin, where wholesale products are sold. We bought a lot of Cadburry and other chocolates.The place was not very classy thought. We walked to Low Yat, a technology/gadgets mall. We then walked to the KLCC area and visited Kinokuniya. We checked out then rode Uber to the train station going to KLIA2.

Uber ride to Ritz Carlton
Uber ride to Ritz Carlton

Over-all experience

I heard a lot of negative stories in Malaysia (dangerous at night, a lot of street clubs, ill-mannered taxi drivers, snatchers riding motorcycles etc.) but I haven’t experienced those stories. Maybe they have already changed? Or I’m just used to living with a similar environment in the Philippines? I don’t know. The experience was great. Their express train is very convenient and spacious. The establishments offer items both expensive and cheap depending on your budget.

Infosec books at Kinokuniya
Infosec books at Kinokuniya

Since I did not want to experience the horror stories in the taxi, I always used Uber for the transpo around the area. Malaysia has more Uber cars compared to the Philippines.

In terms of value for money, I can say your money has a big value in their country.