What’s the Mayor’s Cyber Cup Competition All About?

This video gives a fantastic overview of the San Diego Mayor’s Cyber Cup Competition, and what it means to the students, teachers, and organizations involved. For more information on how you can get involved, download this document:

The San Diego Mayor’s Cyber Cup – Open to high school students within the State of California
Or contact barnold@ucsd.edu to register your team now, or .chris@brighmoonsecurity.com to become a mentor.

How FBI & Sony Teamed Up to Track Down "Hacktivists" (Part 1 from SOeC 2012 Event)

The FBI’s Senior Forensic Examiner Tim Hamon provided rare insight into the process of tracking down cybercriminals during the Securing Our eCity (SOeC) Fall 2012 Symposium in San Diego.

Hamon’s presentation showed how the FBI and private companies, such as Sony, work together as a team to help put cybercriminals out of business. In this video, Hamon is introduced by SOeC co-founder Darin Andersen of Norman Data Defense Systems.

For more information on sessions presented at the Securing Our eCity 3rd annual Cyber security Symposium and Awards event, held Oct. 11-12, 2012, at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center in San Diego, please visit www.securingourecity.org.


Prepare for Attack, San Diego! Cyber security Awareness Training Session on Oct. 12

Are you ready for a cyber attack? You will be, if you attend the session, “Cyber Crime Awareness Seminar & Tabletop Exercise Overview,” taking place from 10:00 am to noon PT at the Securing Our eCity (SOeC) Cyber security Symposium, October 12, 2012, in San Diego.

The session will cover cyber attack methods and modalities, including case studies of recent attacks, and explore methods of cyber crime detection and prevention. This session will also provide an overview of the community-based Regional Cyber security Tabletop Exercises (TTX), to be conducted in Fall 2012 and January 2013.

Attendees will be asked to participate in a Cyber security Vulnerability Questionnaire to assess awareness and current security concerns. Questionnaire results will be used to help ensure relevant issues are included in the TTX scenarios. The questionnaire can also be used by your organizations as reference topics to prepare for the TTX or help educate your organization.

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 on TV: San Diego 6 in the Morning Gets the "Safe Surfing" Message

Securing Our eCity’s Steve Kovsky appeared on San Diego 6 TV today with Morning News Anchor Marc Bailey to observe Internet Safety Month by spreading the message of  “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.” CLICK TO WATCH.

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: Cyber Cup Award Ceremony Interview with Troy High School NJROTC Cmdr. Allen Stubblefied

Troy High School’s Navy Junior ROTC cadets took home the gold at the 2012 San Diego Mayor’s Cyber Cup Competition at UCSD. In this interview conducted at Troy’s NJROTC unit headquarters in Fullerton, Calif., Commander Allen Stubblefield shares his views on the victory.


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!

BBB Urges Consumers: "Shred, Shred, Shred"

The Better Business Bureau reports that last year, more than 11.6 million adults became victims of identity fraud in the U.S., up 13 percent over 2010. Social networks and smart phones accounted for some of the uptick, but the organization says just following our old-fashioned “paper trail” is still a prime method for criminals to gather our personal information and commit fraud.

“Identity theft is a major issue in this country,” said Katherine Hutt, spokesperson at the Council of Better Business Bureaus, “and one of the easiest ways for criminals to steal your identity is to get a hold of tax forms, bank statements, credit card records, and Social Security statements. When you don’t need hard copies of this information any longer, the best thing is to shred it and dispose of it securely.”

For more information on BBB  “Secure Your ID Day” and identity theft prevention measures for both consumers and businesses, visit www.bbb.org/us/secure-your-id. San Diegans can also access additional information and resources at the Identity Theft Resource Center.

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


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