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


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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.

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.

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.

9th Annual Security Summit Explores “San Diego as a Living Test Bed”


WHAT:

The Security Network presents the 9th Annual Security Summit: “San Diego as a Living Test Bed”

WHEN:

May 9-10, 2012

WHERE:

San Diego Marriott Courtyard Hotel at Liberty Station

WHY:

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.

WHO:

Interested parties my contact Executive Director Bill Riedy regarding exhibits sponsorships. More information is available online at www.TheSecurity​Network.org.

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.