Homeland Security to host closed-door security forum

Homeland Security to host closed-door security forum
Homeland Security to host closed-door security forum 

By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service

The U.S. Department of Homeland security will host a invite-only 
conference two months from now that will bring together security experts 
from law enforcement, Internet service providers, and the technology 

The Internet Security Operations and Intelligence (ISOI) workshop will 
be held on August 27 and 28 at the Academy for Educational Development 
in Washington D.C. It is expected to draw about 240 participants who 
will engage in a frank discussion of the latest trends in cybercrime, 
said Gadi Evron, a security evangelist with Beyond Security who is one 
of the event's planners.

"It's an organized group of volunteers from all across the industry, 
governments, and services," he said via instant message. "All trusted 
people, all people who do something extra than their job... We respond 
to international threats and mitigate them, and establish global 
cooperation across borders daily."

The conference will be hosted by the U.S. Computer Emergency Response 
Team, part of the Department of Homeland Security.

This group has met previously in hush-hush events hosted on the campuses 
of Microsoft Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc., and has helped in the 
response to a number of cyber-crime incidents including the denial of 
service attacks in Estonia and the recent compromise of Miami's Dolphin 
Stadium Web site, which was hacked just days before the stadium played 
host to the National Football League's Super Bowl game.

Because the conference is attended by a pre-screened audience (the press 
is not invited, thank you very much), presenters at the ISOI workshops 
offer a deeper level of technical detail than at other events, said Dan 
Hubbard, vice president of security research with Websense Inc., who is 
presenting in August. "It really helps communicate the struggles on both 
sides of the coin."

Hubbard will be discussing a new tool he has developed for detecting 
infections of social networking Web sites, called HoneyJax.

Similar to a "honeypot" computer, which is designed to lure 
cyber-attackers, HoneyJax "allows you to track exploits in the Web 2.0 
world and helps assist in the identification of misuse of these 
technologies" Hubbard said.

Other scheduled talks will cover topics such as the Estonian 
cyber-attacks, the use of Web-based mail for spam, and "Phishing and the 
IRS." Speakers will be from organizations such as Cisco, AOL LLC, McAfee 
Inc., the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Computer Emergency 
Response Team of Estonia.

The workshops attract a "pretty good spread of people," said Exploit 
Prevention Labs Inc. Chief Technology Officer Roger Thompson, another 
presenter. "It's really just a forum for security professionals in 
different disciplines to get together and talk over a beer."

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