The Security Network presents the 9th Annual Security Summit: “San Diego as a Living Test Bed”
May 9-10, 2012
San Diego Marriott Courtyard Hotel at Liberty Station
The 9th Annual The Security Summit, the marquee event of The Security Network, will be held May 9-10 in San Diego. This year the event becomes bi-coastal with its first-ever Washington, DC-based event, fulfilling a long-time dream of bringing the unique mix of innovation and high-level government and military interaction across a broad range of security and defense industries and agencies.
Besides its traditional strength of providing a form for technology innovation in security and defense, The Security Summit – West has a theme designed to showcase the true strengths of the region: “San Diego as a Living Test Bed.” With a strong innovation culture and spirit of collaboration, San Diego has an incredibly diverse mix of local, state, federal agencies and organizations in public safety, law enforcement and military. Many of the key decision-makers will be there looking for technology as well as providing insight for small businesses who would like to sell into those markets.
According to Government Security News:
The House Homeland Security Committee approved a cyber security bill on April 18 aimed at securing federal information systems and helping private sector critical infrastructure owners/operators, but key committee members complained that its watered-down provisions weren’t adequate.
The committee approved H.R. 3674, the Promoting and Enhancing Cyber security and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act of 2011 (the PRECISE Act) by voice vote, after a lengthy mark-up session that saw the bill’s scope scaled back. It now moves on for consideration by the full House.
The bill, originally introduced by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) in February had aimed to create a national information sharing organization to oversee the cyber protection of critical infrastructure, but will now only authorize the National Cyber security and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
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
Federal law enforcement officials have not minced word in their recent statements regarding the urgency of combating cyber-espionage, hacktivists and cyber-attacks, which according to Congressional testimony, are expected to soon surpass traditional terrorism as the No. 1 threat facing the United States .
“Stopping terrorists is the No. 1 priority,” FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week, “but down the road, the cyberthreat will be the No. 1 threat to the country. I do not think it is necessarily [the] No. 1 threat, but it will be tomorrow.”
According to a recent article in eWeek:
The U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper urged the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate to pass legislation to increase cyber-security in both the public and private sectors during a hearing of the House Select Intelligence Committee on worldwide threats on Feb. 2. Clapper discussed intrusions on public systems that control major defense weapon systems, electrical grids and banking infrastructure. The U.S. economy is losing upwards of $300 billion per year because of rampant cyber-espionage, Clapper said.
For full details on recent legislative response to the issue, see the eWeek report.
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.
Securing Our eCity and The Security Network (TSN) will host an event aimed at spurring local data security professionals and concerned parties to take collective action to safeguard the San Diego community from cyber threats and attacks.
“Protecting Our Digital Shores” will take place December 7, 2011, at National University, located at 3678 Aero Court, in San Diego. The program will feature an introduction from the Technical Advisory Committee of TSN, featuring Cubic Corp. Consultant Bruce Roberts, and Mike Davis of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and TSN, followed by a variety of sessions, including presentations and panel discussions.
For a full program, please click here.
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.
The report calls for voluntary “codes of conduct” for businesses operating online. Measures include adopting DNSSec, an extra authentication scheme designed to help protect the DNS (Domain Name System) translation process from being compromised by hackers.
The “Cyber security, Innovation and the Internet Economy” report, written by the Internet Policy Task Force at Commerce, also proposes the following: