Solving Sony: FBI, Sony Cyber Sleuths to Discuss Investigations at SOeC Event

FBI and Sony representatives will detail the investigation of a local cyber attack that shook the global electronics and entertainment industries., describing and how success is ultimately a factor of victim awareness and participation.

The “FBI Cyber Investigations” session is scheduled to take place at 2:10 am PM on Oct. 11, 2012, during the Securing Our eCity (SOeC) Cyber security Symposium in San Diego. The FBI’s Tim Hamon, and Tom Perrine of Sony, will headline at the session.

SOeC Cyber security Symposium & Awards – 2012

Join San Diego’s Securing Our eCity® Foundation on October 11th and 12th for an exciting journey into the life of cyber investigators. The best intrusion detection systems are your people – security awareness education is your company’s first line of defense. This is an event that you won’t want to miss!

Dates & Times:

Thursday, October 11, 2012
7:30 am – 10:00 pm

Friday, October 12, 2012
7:30 am – 12:00 pm


SDG&E Energy Innovation Center 4760 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92117
(Click for map)

Registration $45:

Seating is limited; registration is required. Click here to register now!

SOeC 2012 Session Update: "Protecting Sensitive and Private Data in a Mobile World"

Companies, public agencies, and individuals used to keep sensitive and private data in safe places — where it could literally be under lock and key control, 24 hours a day. Those were simpler times. The mobile era makes that not only impractical, but essentially impossible.

Alternatives for securing important data in our highly mobile environment will be explored in the session “Protecting Sensitive and Private Data in a Mobile World,” which takes place at 1pm PT at the Securing Our eCity (SOeC) Cyber security Symposium, October 11, 2012, in San Diego.

Learn about IT security measures for a mobile world. Topics will include:

  • Data Leakage Prevention
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Virtualized Environments
  • Cloud services, and more

SOeC Cyber security Symposium & Awards – 2012

Join San Diego’s Securing Our eCity® Foundation on October 11th and 12th for an exciting journey into the life of cyber investigators. The best intrusion detection systems are your people – security awareness education is your company’s first line of defense. This is an event that you won’t want to miss!

Dates & Times:

Thursday, October 11, 2012
7:30 am – 10:00 pm

Friday, October 12, 2012
7:30 am – 12:00 pm


SDG&E Energy Innovation Center 4760 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92117
(Click for map)

Registration $45:

Seating is limited; registration is required. Click here to register now!

June Is National Internet Safety Month: Help Spread the "STOP. THINK. CONNECT." Message

June has been declared National Internet Safety Month, and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is encouraging every Internet user to follow three simple steps when connecting to the Web: “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.” NCSA further encourages all adults to take a few moments to teach a young person about better online safety, with hopes that it will promote the use of good judgment and online behavior all year long.

According to the NCSA, National Internet Safety Month brings “an important opportunity to evaluate our digital behaviors and identify better ways to increase online safety.” Research from the organization has uncovered some alarming statistics, including the following:

  • Less than half of the U.S. population (46%) reports that they feel safe from viruses, malware and hackers.
  • Roughly half (48%) of parents are not completely confident that their kids can use the Internet safely.

According to an NCSA statement released this week:

This data shows that Americans should further embrace their shared responsibility in making the Internet safer. Additionally, as young peoples’ online use increases during summer break, parents should remain committed to teaching their children how to stay safe online.

NCSA advises Web users to follow these steps whenever they access the Internet:

  1. STOP: Before using the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
  2. THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, your kids’ safety or that of your family.
  3. CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself, your family and your computer.

“Everyone – youth and adults alike – can benefit from learning better Internet safety practices and should become more aware of potential threats,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “This is why integrating these three simple steps — STOP. THINK. CONNECT.  — into your online experience is critical to staying safer and more secure.”

For more information about this campaign and many other effective online safety tips, please visit www.stopthinkconnect.org.

SOeC TV: Ciber Segura Awareness Night in National City — A Mother’s Prespective


Yelka Vargas spoke to SOeC TV about keeping our children safe from online dangers

Yelka Vargas, a concerned mother from South San Diego County, discusses the need for continuous cyber education for our children and their parents — both in the home and at school. She was among the enthusiastic attendees at the recent bilingual (Spanish/English) cyber security awareness event that took place March 15, 2012 at the County Office of Education facility in National City. Sponsors also included the ESET Foundation, Securing Our eCity, San Diego Office of Education, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and media partner Radio Latina. WATCH THE VIDEO


Windows 8 to Offer new "Monitor First" Approach to Online Child Safety: Is It Enough?

Example of a Windows 8 Family Safety Activity Report

Microsoft has announced that it’s be Windows 8 operating system employs a new “monitor first” approach to online family safety, offing easier setup and, as a result, potentially higher adoption among consumers.

Traditionally, parental control solutions for family safety — including Microsoft’s — relied on on web filtering and other software-based restrictions. The result was typically a more complex setup process — and a seemingly constant stream of parental approval requests. According to a recent blog on the Microsoft Software Developer Network, “The end result was that many parents abandoned family safety products and returned to in-person supervision only—a tactic that has become less effective as computers have gotten more mobile.”

Instead of filtering as its basis, Windows 8’s “monitor first” solution focuses on providing parents with informative weekly activity reports for their child. These reports are automatically generated once the child’s account is activated on the family PC. Parents will be encouraged to view the reports, and will have the ability to easily add restrictions by clicking a link in the e-mail report, according o the log.

The blog concludes that, “With the simplicity of activity reports, we believe more parents will adopt Family Safety, resulting in a safer computing environment for children.”

While the activity reports sound like a great addition for engaging parents, is it really a substitute to filtering? Involving parents more directly in their child’s online activities is a worthy goal, but monitoring after the fact  creates a situation where parents are placed in a reactive mode, only learning about the potentially unsavory sites their children have visited after the damage is already done. Wouldn’t a combination of proactive monitoring via reports — along with some good, old-fashioned filtering a site blocking — be the best approach? Please post a comment and share your opinion!

BREAKING NEWS: SOeC Launches Cyber security Business Cluster Initiative in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2012 — Securing Our eCity® (SOeC), the ESET Foundation Signature Program, has announced plans to launch a cyber security cluster effort in San Diego, in partnership with the San Diego Advanced Defense Technology (SDADT) Cluster.

“San Diego is emerging as a `cyber harbor,’ and cyber security hot spot similar to the way Silicon Valley became the hub for early computer development in years past. With portions of that industry now commoditized, the leading edge of innovation has shifted to protecting software and data running on various platforms. Our region has become the international focal point for cross-industry cyber security expertise and development, with hundreds of providers already in place,” said Jessie J. Knight Jr., Chairman, ESET Foundation, Inc. and Chairman & CEO of San Diego Gas & Electric. “Our strength is in our unique ability for collaboration and commonality that spurs growth and prosperity. We believe that cyber security is the key element that draws all businesses together and is our shared responsibility.”

“By identifying local organizations involved in cyberdefense work, and bringing them together as a business cluster, we can attract new companies and talent to our area, and help bolster San Diego’s economy,” said Louis Kelly, Co-Chair of Securing Our eCity Cluster Workgroup and Director of the SDADT Cluster. He also serves as Chair of the San Diego San State University Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT).

One of the first initiatives to be undertaken by SOeC and SDADT will be to compile an extensive database of cyber security companies and related university programs in the San Diego region. This will serve as a master directory of organizations that are selling cyber security products, services, or performing research related to all areas of national concern for information security. A dynamic cross section of both vertical and horizontal industries – private and public – will include organizations like defense, healthcare, telecommunications, energy, banking and finance, transportation, and other commercial sectors.

“This effort falls right into line with CONNECT’s convergence cluster initiative to foster regional focus on the importance of cyber security,” said Duane Roth, CEO of CONNECT, a globally recognized organization that fosters entrepreneurship in the San Diego region by promoting the formation of new technology and life sciences companies. “The formation of a regional cyber security cluster is not only vital to our regions business economy, but also to our national security and the safety of our citizens.”

“San Diego has rapidly become one of the leading cyber security centers in the world,” said Mark Cafferty, President & CEO, of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. “We have witnessed a convergence of world-class capabilities from our existing military, biometrics, and software analytics communities that will allow San Diego to compete for jobs and investment in this new environment. The launch of the cyber security business cluster is a testament to our region’s unique local assets and competitive advantages in this area.”

There are numerous benefits available to organizations that identify themselves and take part in the SOeC/SDADT Cyber security Cluster initiative, according to San Diego Gas & Electric CEO and Chairman Jessie Knight, who chairs the ESET Foundation, sponsoring organization of SOeC. These benefits include:

  • Being included in future joint marketing efforts undertaken by SOeC and its partners on behalf of San Diego cyber security cluster member organizations.
  • Possible participation in future grant proposals that SOeC will pursue with the Department of Homeland Security. As the signature program of the recently incorporated ESET Foundation, SOeC now operates along with the Foundation as a nonprofit (501c3), facilitating its eligibility for DHS grants.
  • Eligibility for inclusion as a client in the SDADT Cluster. The focus of the SDADT is to assist small businesses in the transition of their technologies into defense applications. The SDADT Cluster provides a customized package of business support that includes: market research, business mentoring, proposal preparation, demonstrations to customers, and assistance in locating funding sources. This support will include outreach to local defense organizations such as SPAWAR and SSC Pacific for possible funding opportunities, demonstrations and introductions.

Companies or universities engaged in cyber security work are urged to register at the following link: http://www.ccatsandiego.org/ccat_intranet/cybersecurityDb/CyberSecuritySignUpForm.html

For additional information about Securing Our eCity®, its upcoming events and additional ways to get involved, please visit, http://www.securingourecity.org/. For the latest cyber threat and education information, follow Securing Our eCity on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook or follow SOeC’s blog at http://www.securingourecity.org/blog.

About The ESET Foundation

Founded in late 2011, the ESET Foundation’s mission is to foster community collaboration to create educational awareness for cyber and societal challenges. Headquartered in San Diego, the ESET Foundation’s signature program is the award winning Securing Our eCity®, recognized in 2010 by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the best local and community program. The ESET Foundation brings together like-minded organizations whose primary goal is to encourage cyber security for business, families, youth and seniors. For more information visit www.esetfoundation.org or, email Steve.Kovsky@esetfoundation.org

About Securing Our eCity

Securing Our eCity (SOeC) is signature program of the ESET Foundation, a nonprofit corporation. SOeC is focused on fostering public/private partnerships at local, state, national and international levels while helping counter cyber threats and creating more cyber secure communities across the globe. Stakeholders from coast to coast including consumer advocates, business owners, and governmental agencies (law enforcement and legislative bodies) have come together to raise awareness, education and help individuals and businesses prepare for cyber security challenges now and in the future. The founding stakeholders include ESET North America, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, UCSD and SDSU. To learn more, visit: www.securingourecity.org

About San Diego Advanced Defense Technology Cluster

The San Diego Advanced Defense Technology (SDADT) Cluster if one of the 10 Regional Innovation Clusters (RICs) funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA), and one of three RICs focused on defense requirements.  The SDADT is partnered with the U.S. Navy’s SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and brings together a membership which includes all of the area defense primes, the defense-oriented industrial associations, all of the area elements of the SBA, and several other organizations that support small businesses, such as the Foundation for Enterprise Development (FED), CONNECT, and the SDSU Entrepreneurial Management Center.  The SDADT has two missions: to help grow jobs in the region, and to help accelerate the transition of innovations located in small businesses into Department of Defense programs. Cyber security is one of the principle areas of focus for SDADT.

Make A Poster, Win A New iPad: SOeC 2012 Student Poster Contest Is Live

Cyber security Poster Contest 2012

Cyber security Poster Contest 2012

What is it?

The Securing Our eCity, Cyber security Poster Contest 2012 is a contest for 6th-12th grade students designed to help promote cyber security awareness and education throughout Southern California schools. We are offering students an opportunity to showcase their creative talents and submit posters that will be used in our local cyber security campaign throughout 2012-13. The topic categories to choose from for submission include:

  • Socializing Online
  • Sexting
  • Cyberbullying
  • Phishing
  • File Sharing/Piracy
  • Identity Theft

Grand Prize: Apple iPad

Entries must be submitted to Karen Barney at Karen@idtheftcenter.org no later than midnight, Friday, September 14, 2012. Voting will be conducted by a panel of judges from the Securing Our eCity Education and Awareness Workgroups. Finalists will be notified no later than Monday, October 1, 2012. Winners will be honored at the Securing Our eCity Cyber security Symposium and Awards to be held in October.


  • Grand Prize: Apple iPad
  • First Place Winners: (from middle & high school entries) iTouch & iTunes Gift Card
  • Second Place Winners: iTouch & iTunes Gift Card
  • Third Place Winners: iPod

The grand prize winner’s associated Parent/Teacher Organization will receive a $500 cash donation. In addition, each mentoring teacher of an award winning poster will receive a cash award. See Contest Details for particulars.

How to participate

Submit entries no later than Friday, September 14, 2012 to:

Karen Barney
Co-chair for Securing Our eCity Awareness Workgroup
858 444 3286


Poster Contest Sponsors


WHO: Girl Scouts of San Diego and Imperial County — sponsored by  the ESET Foundation, Securing Our eCity©, and National University©
WHAT: 2nd Annual San Diego Cyber Savvy Event for San Diego Girl Scouts
WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 8am -12:30pm
WHERE: National University, 3678 Aero Court, San Diego
WHY: As part of their 100 year anniversary this year, Girl Scouts of San Diego and Imperial County are helping guide our young ladies into the 21st century by becoming responsible, cyber-savvy leaders. 

Did you know?

  • Student between the ages of 8 and 18 spend an average  of 7 hours and 38 minutes daily using digital devices[i]
  • 600,000 Facebook accounts are compromised daily[ii]
  • 82% of all students are NOT taught about online safety related to social engineering and other scams[iii]

Please join Girl Scouts USA, the ESET Foundation Inc. , Securing Our eCity© , and National University©, on March 24, 2012, for this exciting hands-on experience designed to educate girls about how to use today’s amazing mobile and Web technologies without compromising their personal safety and security.


The half-day event will include hands-on technology experiences creating a fun and informative environment for learning about cyber safety, cyber security and cyber ethics educational events. It takes placed at National University, 3678 Aero Court, San Diego, CA, from 8am -12:30pm.

Space is limited!


SOeC TV: ESET Foundation’s Anton Zajac at Ciber Seguridad (Cyber Safety) Night in National City

Anton Zajac, president of the recently announced ESET Foundation, discusses the organization’s commitment to raising the awareness of cyberthreats, promoting safe digital neighborhoods among all peoples, in all countries, and in all languages.

His comments were captured during a groundbreaking bilingual cyber security education event that took place March 15, 2012 at the County Office of Education facility in National City, Calif. Sponsors included the ESET Foundation, Securing Our eCity, the San Diego County Office of Education, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and Radio Latina.


SOeC TV: Jesse Navarro & Randy Ward Discuss Ciber Seguridad (Cyber Safety) Night in National City

In this exclusive video, San Diego Superintendent of Schools Randy Ward and Jesse Navarro of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office discuss the dual nature of the Internet — both as an important learning tool, and as a potential danger to society.


Their comments were captured during a groundbreaking bilingual cyber security education event that took place March 15, 2012 at the County Office of Education facility in National City. Sponsors also included the ESET Foundation, Securing Our eCity, and Radio Latina.