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Cyber Security Director Addresses IT Security Conference in Washington

ISC Squared : 17 May, 2010  (Company News)
(ISC)2 is attending the Information Security Conference in Washington with proposal for more aggressive research and development in the field of cyber security
(ISC) 2 has announced that Richard Marshall, director, global cyber security management, National Cyber Security Division at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will provide the main speech at its sixth annual SecureAmericas information security conference scheduled for May 24-25, 2010 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Crystal City-Arlington.

Titled 'Cyber Security for the Nation - the Way Forward,' Marshall's talk, scheduled for the second day of the conference, will emphasize the importance of software assurance, global supply chain management security, youth education, and more aggressive cyber security research and development.

Also on the second day of the conference, Bruce McConnell, cybersecurity counsellor for DHS, will deliver the details of a National Cyber Security Awareness campaign and how attendees can participate in fostering a more knowledgeable digital citizenry.

'This year's SecureAmericas comes at a critical time for the country, when our push forward to secure both our public and private networks is only matched by the immense challenges that lie before us,' said Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director for (ISC)². 'Conference attendees will gain perspective on the most pressing problems of today with recommendations from prominent information security professionals on how to best address them.'

The conference will feature two security tracks. Track 1 will focus on security concerns at the federal, state and local levels. Sessions include:

• 'The 2010 State of Cybersecurity from the Federal CISO Perspective' -- A panel of top security professionals will discuss the results of a recent survey of a broad cross-section of US government chief information security officers (CISOs) and provide their views on the current state of cybersecurity and recommendations for future priorities and directions.

• 'Secure Content Automation Protocol (SCAP)' - An automated compliance method from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), SCAP will be growing in importance and use over the next several years. The following panelists will discuss what SCAP means to information security and how professionals can convince management to implement it: moderator Tony Sager, chief of the Information Assurance Directorate's (IAD) Vulnerability Analysis and Operations (VAO) Group, National Security Agency (NSA); Dr. Ron Ross, computer scientist, NIST; and Richard Hale, chief information assurance executive, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA);
• 'Control Systems Security' - Scott Swartz, energy infrastructure and cyber security adviser to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), will discuss issues surrounding Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and security, especially as it relates to the coming 'smart grid';

• 'Six Security Trends to Watch as Picked in January' - Patricia Titus, chief information security officer, federal systems, Unisys, will discuss how these trends have changed since their publication in a federal computer magazine; and

Other session topics will focus on biometrics applications, security awareness training, security innovations, and more.

Track 2 will focus on security concerns relevant to public/private partnership. Sessions will include:

• 'Virtualization and Cloud Computing Security' - Parthia Panda, director of business development for Trend Micro, will discuss the evolving security threats and common strategies to mitigate these new security challenges that companies and government agencies must face;

• 'Employee Monitoring & Data Loss Prevention' - In this session, Spencer Wilcox, compliance manager for Constellation Energy, will discuss the general use and monitoring of data loss prevention tools, standard employee expectations of privacy, and general practices for limiting corporate liability;

• 'Beyond Reactive Management' - As today's infrastructure expands with ever more powerful endpoints, vulnerabilities are becoming more complex, and cyber-criminals are using combined techniques to reach their goals. John Williams, CEO of Pronto, will discuss how to create synergies between data sets, modelling of data elements, use of retained Meta data, and more precise priorities to deliver better situational awareness.

The cost to attend SecureAmericas 2010 is $349 for (ISC)² members and $499 for non-members.
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