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Sessions and General Schedule
The Conference begins at 10am on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018; Registration opens at 8am. There will be 3 days of solid sessions with lunch and breaks provided. Dinner and evening activities will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 7th and 8th, and there’s Pre-Conference Workshops available the day prior (Tue, November 6th). The conference sessions will wrap up on Friday by 5pm.
Note: All times are approximate. All sessions, speakers and descriptions are subject to change at any time without notice.
Pre-Conference activities take place on Tuesday, November 14th. For more information, see the workshops page.
Pre-Conf Workshop: Introduction to Munki -- Getting Started and Hands-On
by Greg Neagle, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Munki is the most popular open-source software deployment tool for macOS — and it’s just had a major new release. It’s in use at organizations small and huge. This full-day workshop is led by Greg Neagle, who developed and open-sourced Munki in early 2009. Greg will not only introduce you to Munki, but will walk you through a hands-on experience in deploying and managing software installs using Munki’s web and client tools.
In this workshop, you’ll learn Munki’s capabilities by setting up a local Munki server on your laptop and using it to manage some software installs on that same laptop. You’ll come away with a working knowledge of how to set up and configure Munki, how it works, what it can do, and how it might be useful in your organization.
Pre-Conf Workshop: Workflow Automation
by Scott Neal, acmeFoo
You see all the cool stuff about automating things through scripting (whether command line, Automator, AppleScript, Python, etc.), but you haven’t been able to apply those concepts to your own uses as you would like to because it feels daunting, or you regularly hit roadblocks. You don’t need to be a programmer to be an effective automator. It’s all about the right approach, the right tools, and knowing where to go when you hit a roadblock. This workshop is a crash course in Automation–the basics that you need to be able to walk away with your own solution at the end of a single day. As a hands-on workshop, you’re encouraged to bring your own scripts, or ideas you want to tackle, and work through the issues. In this one-day compressed course, learn the basics of Automation using Automator, AppleScript, Command Line and Xcode. It won’t make you a full-blown scripter or programmer, but you’ll have the basics you need to not only work with other scripts and modify them in useful ways, but also to write your very own scripts from scratch! Scott M. Neal will happily plant the “Automation Mindset” into your brain, allowing you to see the big picture about Automation, from scripting to command line to basic programming (and much in between).
Pre-Conf Workshop: Wi-Fi Design & Troubleshooting
by Jeanette Lee, Ruckus Wireless
WiFi is everywhere, and yet you obviously don’t see it. You assume it will be wherever you go, and will work, but does it? Learn about what it takes to make WiFi work well, and understand what you need to do to “do it right.” Why does one Wi-Fi network succeed and another fail? All Wi-Fi is not created equal, but we all equally want good wireless! The goal is to make a Wi-Fi System Engineer or network manager as ‘smart as possible’ regarding Wi-Fi and user-authentication in a day. We presume the attendee understands the basics of Wi-Fi and the ‘basics’ regarding networking terms. Who should attend? Network integrators, network consultants, school districts, higher education organizations, enterprises looking at deploying or upgrading their Wi-Fi infrastructure
Pre-Conf Workshop: Introduction to Python -- Getting Started and Hands-On
by JD Strong, Strong Solutions
Python has become the scripting language of choice for many organizations thanks to its power, simplicity, and complete object model. This full-day workshop is led by JD Strong, who uses the power of Python to automate his consulting practice. JD will not only introduce you to Python, but will walk you through a hands-on experience in building a set of tools for the IT admin.
In this workshop, you will learn the basics of the language syntax and usage, as well as advanced features such as objects, libraries, and exceptions. We will build a diagnostic tool to quickly gather information from your user, and a log analyzer to help you quickly analyze the logs you collect.
Pre-Conf: Apple Certification Exam
by MacTech's testing partner
Prior to MacTech Conference but at the same venue, Apple Certification Exams will be available during the “Pre-Conference” activities on Tuesday. Prior to the exam, our testing partner and local Apple Authorized Training Center will offer a study hour and exam session on-site. The study session begins at 2pm on Tue, November 15th.
These are just some of the sessions coming your way during the main part of the conference.
Keynote: Protecting the Garden of Eden
by Patrick Wardle
In this talk, we’ll begin by discussing significant attacks against macOS and identify recent malware trends. And while the sophistication of Mac malware is not (yet) on par with those found on the Windows platform, this could easily change. To support this claim, we’ll also discuss a myriad of recent macOS security flaws that if integrated into such malicious attacks, would greatly have increased the impact and consequences.
Luckily it’s not all doom and gloom for Mac users, as Mojave promises to be the most secure version of macOS ever. After examining some of the baked-in security mechanisms of this new OS (and their shortcomings), we’ll discuss how 3rd-party security tools still play a pivotal role in ensuring that “the Garden” remains secure!
SecondNote: Avoiding the Landmines in Our New Landscape
by Greg Neagle
EndNote: A Modern Look at Auto-managing iDevices with a Mac
by Sal Soghoian
Using Built-in Apple Security Tools
by Charles Edge
Filling Your Mac Support Utility Toolbox
by John Kirn
Security: Get Out Of My Way
by Edward Marczak
APFS: Under the Hood, Performance, and Minimizing Loss
by Tim Standing
A Few Things Right: Insights from Live and Simulated Incident Response
by Chad Calease
Small-to-Medium Sized Business Security Masterclass: World-class protection on a budget
by Jesse Endahl
osquery: Monitoring for Mac Threats
by Thomas Reed
Regular Expressions: The Mystery, The Power, and Why you should be using them
by Jim Rea
iOS, Enterprise: Applying Reality to a Use “Plan”
by Leon Lincoln
NFC: It’s here, it’s built-in. Now What Are you going to do with it?
by Dave Elliott
Using Vapor (not Vaporware): Building Rapid Web Services with Swift frameworks
by Steve Goodrich
Non-disruptive Free Remote Fleet Access and Troubleshooting: Magic or Reality?
by Brian Best
Deploying Raspberry Pi's with macOS Administration
by Jack-Daniyel Strong
Gaining Buy-in for IT and Projects
by Nicole McCall
Options for Delivering Company Content at Employee On-boarding
by Tobias Morrison
It's 10 O'Clock: Do you know where your data is?
by Mike Dempsey
HomeKit and AppleTV in Business
by Scott Neal
The Modern Automated Office
by Avery Chipka
Why You, the Tech, Should Think Like a Tech Writer
by Joe Kissell
Blockchains and the Law
by Morvareed Salehpour
The MDM Ingredients List. Better yet, the Recipe.
by Sean Colins
Wi-Fi: Which Features Do You REALLY Need and Where Can You Get Them?`
by Dave Hamilton
Streamlining Setup ... by Defaults (write)
by Phil Goodman and Ben Levy
Training Yourself and Your Team to Be More Productive
by Jeff Porten
Expanding from Managing Devices to Managing Digital Workspaces
by Paul Evans