SC World Congress 2008

The inaugural SC World Congress takes place in New York December 9 & 10.

Defending your enterprise networks from today's many threats is hard enough without having to figure out how to keep up with even newer techniques cybercriminals are using to try to break into them.

“Many suggest today that the cybercrime market has been cornered by organized crime and nation states. In many cases, these organizations have all but pushed aside the script kiddies, slacker-hackers, and fun boys of old,” says one speaker, Stan Waddell, assistant VP and CISO, UT Southwestern Medical Center.

“Recent attacks on the SQL infrastructure of the internet and against U.S. diplomats visiting foreign states, strongly support that sentiment. It is an escalation of arms in which many would say the good guys are lagging behind.”

That's why we've launched our first SC World Congress Conference and Expo. The event will bring together leading experts to help you understand what corporate apps and tools are being used by online assailants trying to breach your systems, gain a better understanding of the latest regulatory compliance issues, and learn ways to do your jobs better.

Keeping apprised of how the cybercriminal works isn't just part of your job, it's critical for those investigators you call for help, as well. John Iannarelli, supervisory special agent with the FBI, who will be speaking about cyber investigation, says online crime is a top concern. “The topic of international cyber investigations we are exploring at the SC World Congress is meant to demonstrate the depth of our commitment,” he says.

Still more leading experts will be on hand to share their thoughts and advice.As well as providing an opportunity for networking with your peers, the event includes several tracks, including one co-produced by ISACA's NY Chapter. There are six plenary sessions that, together with the expo, are completely free to attend. There will also be several interactive sessions, certification credits offered by (ISC)2 and Security University, special evening events, a bustling expo floor, and more.

The whole SC team looks forward to welcoming you to its inaugural conference and expo. n

For more information on the upcoming SC World Congress, and to register, please visit

LEADING VOICES: News and views

Maurice Hampton, information security program manager, GE - Global Infrastructure Services, will be participating in a panel on Breach PR – Best Practices. The session looks at what strategies organizations should have in place to counter the effects of a data breach. We may point fingers at companies when it happens, but the reality is that we are all at risk of being there. So when you are, what do you do? Also on the panel are Rich Baich, principle, Deloitte, and Steve Collins, director and security sector lead, Text 100 Public Relations.

U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) is a national leader on homeland security. In 2007, he was named chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology. This will be the first opportunity to hear the finalized plan that the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency will be using to advise the next president of the U.S. on critical cybersecurity issues.

Katherine Schaffer
is the policy director at SAFECode, a membership organization dedicated to increasing trust in information and communications technology products and services through the advancement of proven software assurance methods. She is also a senior associate at Good Harbor Consulting with a focus on cyber-related security. Her session, The Key to Secure Coding, investigates software-coding processes and asks who do we hold accountable and how? The panel will provide answers as to what can end vulnerabilities due to coding errors.

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