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.

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.



ESET Foundation to Support Securing Our eCity® Initiative and Drive Awareness and Education for Cyber and Societal Challenges

SAN DIEGO – March 14, 2012 ESET today announced that it has established the ESET Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. ESET has established the ESET Foundation to further support its Securing Our eCity initiative and commitment to community collaboration to support cyber security awareness, education and societal challenges within the San Diego community and across the nation.

“The ESET Foundation is strongly committed to providing support to the greater San Diego area and to computer users across the world,” said Anton Zajac, president of ESET North America and ESET Foundation president. “We believe that cyber security is a shared responsibility and are working to arm computer users with the tools and knowledge necessary to become safer in cyber space. We are honored by the support that the community and nation have given to Securing Our eCity and are thrilled to have such prominent representatives from industry and community on our board of directors for the foundation.”

In mid-2008, Securing Our eCity was established and a movement to educate San Diego’s digital citizens was born. Securing Our eCity provides awareness of potential issues and offers free cyber security information and education that assists businesses, families, youths and seniors to better prepare for a safer cyber experience in rapidly changing technology driven environments.

“With cyber security being a critical issue, programs like Securing Our eCity are crucial in providing the necessary resources related to education to help keep businesses and consumers safe in cyber space,” said Jessie J. Knight Jr., chairman and CEO of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and ESET Foundation chairperson. “At SDG&E, we are committed to protecting our critical infrastructure and working with the community to create a new generation of cyber-savvy citizens. I look forward to working with the ESET Foundation to continue to bring cyber security awareness, education and preparation to the residents of San Diego.”

This past year, Securing Our eCity worked with organizations like the San Diego Police Foundation, Girl Scouts USA, The Boy Scouts of America and others to bring cyber security awareness and education to the San Diego community. Additionally, Securing Our eCity expanded nationally by aligning with other various cyber initiatives across the nation including: Cyber City USA in San Antonio, TX, WC4 in Washtenaw County, MI, and Cyber Maryland to advance cyber security awareness, education and preparation through community driven programs. Furthermore, Securing Our eCity’s 2011 fall symposium and awards ceremony was attended by more than 350 security professionals, business executives and managers, IT Consultants, government and law enforcement officials.

“Securing Our eCity has done a tremendous job of working to make San Diego a place where people can build a better cyber security environment through community engagement,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance and ESET Foundation board member. “We are excited that the National Cyber Security Alliance has been a part of Securing Our eCity from the beginning, and we look forward to continuing to support the program, both in San Diego and across the nation.”

ESET Foundation board members and officers include, Jessie J. Knight Jr., chairperson, Anton Zajac, president, Randy Frisch, treasurer and Pamela Richardson, secretary. Additional board members include, Andrew Lee, CEO of ESET North America, Darin Andersen, general manager North America for Norman Defense Systems, Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, Liz Fraumann, director of cyber security awareness and education at ESET North America, as well as other members of the San Diego community.

For additional information about Securing Our eCity, upcoming events and ways to get involved, please visit, http://www.securingourecity.com/.

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. Headquarted 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, please email Steve.Kovsky@esetfoundation.org

About Securing Our eCity

Securing Our eCity (SOeC) is an initiative created and led by ESET North America, a San Diego based software security company. 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

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SOeC TV: Interview with Deborah Kobza, NH-ISAC Executive Director


SOeC's Steve Kovsky interviews Deborah Kobza of NH-ISAC

National Health Information Sharing & Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) Executive Director Deborah Kobza discussed cyber security concerns in the healthcare arena, and the role SOeC’s local and national initiatives can play to help remedy the situation, in an interview with Securing Our eCity’s Steve Kovsky. The conversation took place during SOeC’s recent symposium and awards ceremony.

SOeC’s 2011 fall symposium and awards ceremony at the Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel in San Diego on October 25, 2011, drew more than 250 security professionals, business executives and managers, IT Consultants, government and law enforcement officials.

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New SOeC Video: Interview with Liz Fraumann, Securing Our eCity

Liz Fraumann of Securing Our eCity took a few moments during the organization’s recent symposium and awards ceremony to discuss new milestones the initiative has achieved.

The event took place on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at the Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel in San Diego, drawing more than 250 security professionals, business executives and managers, IT Consultants, government and law enforcement officials.

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Strange Bedfellows: U.S., Russia Join Forces in New Cyber security Pact

Politics is not the only thing that makes for “strange bedfellows” these days. The common enemy of Internet-borne threats has resulted in a partnership that two decades ago would have been thought impossible: Cryptology and cyber security experts from the United States and Russia are set to begin collaborating in an international effort to stem the tidal wave of online mischief that is bombarding both countries’ shores.

“Both the U.S. and Russia are committed to tackling common cyber security threats while at the same time reducing the chances a misunderstood incident could negatively affect our relationship,” U.S. Cyber security Coordinator Howard Schmidt announced this week in a White House blog.

The statement outlined the following action items, which are contained in the pact:

  • Regular exchanges of information on technical threats to both sides, such as botnets.
  • Better understanding eachother’s military views on operating in cyberspace.
  • Establishing 24/7 systems allowing the countries to communicate about cyber security issues via existing “crisis prevention communications links between our two capitals.”

In mid June, the United States hosted a Russian delegation in Washington to hammer out details of the agreement. The Russian contingent was led by Schmidt’s counterpart, National Security Council Deputy Secretary Nikolay Klimashin. In Schmidt’s words, “Our goal was to continue building mutual confidence in our two governments’ activities in cyberspace to reduce the risk of misperception and inadvertent crisis,” he said.  “It’s a prime example of the ‘reset’ in U.S.-Russia relations taking on a new and important dimension.”

Klimashin and Schmidt have released a joint statement acknowledging the effort. A copy of the PDF file is available for download here .

Brookings Institute: Are Cyber-Physical Attacks the Next Big Homeland Security Threat?

Cyber attacks are about to get physical. At least, that’s the scenario being painted in a new post today from John Vilylasenor, Nonresident Senior Fellow for Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation.

DARPA-funded "Hummingbird" drone weighs less than an ounce.

While most of us are focused on preventing the malicious use of digital devices, computer systems and networks, we may be ignoring a much more present and dangerous physical threat, according to the researcher: that posed by “cyber-physical systems,” which the U.S. National Science Foundation defines as “the tight conjoining of and coordination between computational and physical resources.”

Doesn’t sound too threatening? Consider the use of “drones,” also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, by our own military. They are, in the analyst’s words, “essentially flying – and sometimes armed – computers.” Now consider what if these remote-controlled surveillance and weapon systems were to fall into the wrong hands? The prospect is chilling, particularly in light of the following developments:


  • The Wasp III microdrone used by the U.S. Air Force weighs under a pound and is less than a foot long, yet carries two on-board cameras and a GPS receiver and can fly at an altitude of 1000 feet.
  • As drones become smaller and quieter, they become even easier to move and launch, and harder to detect in operation.
  • In February 2011, California-based company AeroVironment announced the successful demonstration of the prototype Nano Hummingbird, a video-capable drone developed under DARPA funding that weighs only two-thirds of an ounce and has a wingspan of 6.5 inches.
  • The prospect of foreign-owned drones not under U.S. control operating within the United States without our knowledge or permission is not purely theoretical. In fact, it has already happened! Last December, a small Israeli-made drone operated by the Mexican federal police crashed in an El Paso, Texas backyard. U.S. officials had no idea drones were operating in the area prior to the mishap. “Had the incursion been purposeful, targeted, and malicious as opposed to accidental, it appears highly unlikely that it would have been detected and stopped in advance of reaching its target.”

Technological advances in the equipment and materials needed to build these cyber-physical systems — miniature HD cameras, mobile communications that enable ubiquitous tranmission of high quality video — have fundamentally changed the nature of drones, which can now be mass produced easily and economically. (The drone that crashed in El Paso has been spotted for sale on the Web.) “These advances, in combination with innovations in drone airframe and propulsion system design, have made it possible to build very small, inexpensive drones, and to control them using an interface as simple as a laptop screen and computer mouse.”

The U.S. military isn’t likely to underestimate the usefulness of drones — or their increasing importance to this country’s arsenal — anytime soon. “Partly as a result of these changes, the U.S. military has increased its inventory of drones from under 50 drones a decade ago to about 7000 today,” he says. Unfortunately, there are many people in the world who do not have our best interests at heart, and they have also been paying attention to the burgeoning drone market, which is estimated to exceed $94 billion over the next ten years, according to a recent study from the Virginia-based Teal Group.

Vilylasenor’s conclusions from this data should give us all pause:

“To believe that drones will remain the exclusive province of responsible nations is to disregard the long history of weapons technology. It is only a matter of time before rogue groups or nations hostile to the United States are able to build or acquire their own drones and to use them to launch attacks on our soil or on our soldiers abroad.” 

For more information, read Vilylasenor’s post at http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2011/0705_drones_villasenor.aspx

“Cyber ShockWave” Exercise Shakes Up the Capital: How Would Our Leaders Respond to an All-Out Cyber Crisis?

A report was released yesterday detailing the fallout of an extraordinary simulated cyber attack scenario, which was orchestrated in Washington DC on February 16, 2010, by a bipartisan group of former senior administration and national security officials. 

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer moderated and broadcast a special news program on the “Cyber ShockWave” simulation. The purpose of the exercise was to gain insight into how government officials would respond in the event of  a large-scale cyber crisis affecting much of the nation.

The Bipartisan Policy Center sponsored the project, with support and guidance from General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Georgetown University, PayPal, SMobile Systems, Southern Company and Symantec. According to the group’s Web site:

Cyber ShockWave had participants play the roles of Cabinet members reacting in real time to an unfolding cyber attack and advising the President on an appropriate response. Cyber ShockWave highlighted how critical an issue cyber security has become for our nation. While protecting sensitive and personal data remains a priority, the proliferation of computers across ever-greater spheres of our personal lives and their growing role in running our critical infrastructure means a serious cyber event could have a debilitating effect on this country.

This report provides a summary of the bipartisan group’s findings and recommendations resulting from the simulation. The full report is available for download.

DHS Honors “Stop. Think. Connect.” PSA Video Challenge Winners

Winners of the national “Stop.Think.Connect.” campaign’s Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest were honored today in an event held today at the White House, where Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and White House Cyber security Coordinator Howard A. Schmidt recognized the contestants for their award-winning video contributions. The launch of a new Stop.Think.Connect website was also announced at the event.

Securing our eCity’s Darin Andersen, Liz Frauman and Andrew Lee, CEO of ESET North America, were also on hand to congratulate the winners and celebrate the launch.

ESET CEO Andrew Lee, Securing Our eCity's Liz Fraumann and ESET COO Darin Andersen (L-R) attended today's DHS PSA award ceremony at the White House.

The PSA Challenge waslaunched in November 2010 as part of the National Cyber security Awareness Campaign, calling on individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations to create short video PSAs encouraging fellow citizens to practice good online “hygiene.” 

According to The Blog @ Homeland Security, “The winning PSAs promote awareness among teens, young adults and parents on how to protect against cyber bullying, cyber predators, and other criminal activity online.”

Click below to view the winning entries:

The Woes of Wifi by Paul Dockter, Devon Greene and Jared Mengenhausen, Dakota State University 

Names Hurt by Stop Internet Predators

Stop. Think. Connect. by the Microsoft Corporation

Click to Learn more about the Stop. Think. Connect. Campaign.

New Video: Boy Scout “Cyber Defenders” Make Their Stand at San Diego Supercomputer Center

Securing Our eCity was proud to host 140 San Diego-area Boy Scouts in the first-ever Cyber Defender Experience, a cyber security awareness event that took place on June 18, 2011, at the historic San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD. Joining with SOeC were numerous volunteers from the community, as well as the Boy Scouts of America’s San Diego Imperial County District, SAIC, ESET, SPAWAR and the Department of Homeland Defense.

Video: Boy Scouts Learn the Art of Cyber Defense


For information on how to host a Cyber Defender Experience in your community, please contact SOeC’s Executive Director Liz Fraumann at Liz.Fraumann@eset.com.