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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

Location:

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!

Breaking Bad: The Malware Episode

“Malicious software steals millions. We may call it malware, but it’s frequently well-written.”

So says Stephen Cobb, anitvirus maker ESET’s resident cyber security evangelist. Cobb will explore these themes in a session called “Breaking Bad: The Malware Episode,” scheduled to take place at 10:30 am PT on Oct. 12, 2012, during the Securing Our eCity (SOeC) Cyber security Symposium in San Diego.

Attendees at the session will learn how anti-malware experts detect, decode, and destroy increasingly sophisticated viruses, worms, Trojans, and botnets.

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

Location:

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!

The Future of Naval Defense: The Cyber Perspective

 

“The next battle is in the information domain, and the first shots have already been fired.”Those are the recent words of USN Admiral and Chief of Naval Operations Gary Roughead.

The Navy’s Information Assurance &
Cyber Security (PMW 130) Program Manager, Kevin McNally, will discuss the challenges the Navy faces in securing tactical networks and the direction Navy Cyber Defense is headed in the future.  McNalley’s session “PMW 130: Securing Navy Tactical Networks,” takes place at 9:30 am PT at the Securing Our eCity (SOeC) Cyber security Symposium, on 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

Location:

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

Location:

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!

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

Location:

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 Puts DHS Chief’s Private-Public Partnership Plans Into Action

In her public remarks last week, Homeland Defense Secretary Janet Napolitano called for public institutions and private business to form partnerships to more effectively combat cybercrime, which she characterized as one of the most dangerous and disruptive threats facing the United States today. It is no coincidence that Napolitano’s call to action described almost to a tee the regionally based mission and model of San Diego’s Securing Our eCity and other like-minded efforts that have taken root recently across the country.

“It was truly gratifying to hear Secretary Napolitano’s remarks, which compare so favorably with our efforts here in San Diego,” said Liz Fraumann, Executive Director of the ESET Foundation Inc., dba Securing Our eCity Foundation (SOeC). “We were deeply honored when she presented us with a White House award for achieving the best community-based cyber security awareness program in the nation in 2010, and we have fully embraced the private-public partnership model just as she described it in her keynote speech in Philadelphia last week.”

Fraumann and SOeC are also in lockstep with the DHS chief on her sobering view of the extremely serious and delicate nature of the nation’s ability to defend itself against cyber-attacks and internet-borne crime. “Data security represents an important safety chain for the nation, and we are truly only as strong as our weakest link,” Fraumann said. “That’s exactly why, in addition to rallying together military and law enforcement agencies, local governments, schools and private businesses of all sizes, our major goal is to go out into the community and raise awareness about cyber threats — particularly among those groups that are the most vulnerable to these attacks: children, seniors, and small businesses.”

Fraumann also concurred with Napolitano’s assessments that government alone cannot provide an adequate defense of our nation without aid from trained and vigilant private citizens and businesses, but also that the problem is extremely grave, and getting worse by the moment. “Unfortunately, the majority of Americans are still blissfully unaware of the true nature of the threat,” she said. As Secretary Napolitano said last week, cybercrime now accounts for billions in annual profits to cybercriminals, which directly translates to losses from legitimate businesses and individuals. “We have to act now, and we have to do it as a united front, out in the community, educating our citizens. SOeC’s early and energetic adoption of Homeland Defense’s ‘Stop. Think. Connect.’ awareness campaign is yet another example of how organizations are taking a leadership position at the forefront of cyber security education measures,” Fraumann added.

Members of the public, as well as public servants, business people and indivduals from throughout the Southern California area are encouraged to attend this year’s Annual Securing Our eCity Cyber security Symposium and Awards ceremony, taking place Oct. 10-11 at the Center for Sustainable Energy facility in San Diego. Programs led by speakers and experts from around the country and around the world will present a variety of programs on developments in the global cyber security landscape, and how it impacts local communities and citizens , as well as measures that each of us can take to combat cybercrime in both our homes and businesses. For more information, please click on SOeC’s event page.

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: 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!