Cybersecurity advice for President-elect Obama to be previewed at SC World Congress
Cybersecurity advice for President-elect Obama to be previewed at SC World Congress
There is some reason for optimism in 2009, especially on the international front, several experts who will be speaking at the SC World Congress say.

Jody WestbyJody Westby (right), CEO of Global Cyber Risk, a Washington, D.C.-based advisory firm, says she expects increased global coordination to deter problems, such as cross-border cyberattacks – similar to what occurred in Estonia after the government there removed a Russian World War II monument.

Information-sharing and resolving jurisdictional and extradition issues are keys to stopping cybercrime. “When you have countries that don't cooperate, the trail goes cold,” she says.

She will speaking on a panel, Offshoring – Risk vs. Reward, which will examine the risk facts – whether it's a strong service level agreement (SLA) or stringent security checks and balances – organizations need to know before jumping into an offshoring relationship. The panel takes place at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10 as part of the SC World Congress at the Javits Center in New York City.

Ms. Westby provides consulting and legal services to public and private sector clients in the areas of privacy, security, cybercrime, e-discovery and outsourcing risk management. Westby also serves as Adjunct Distinguished Fellow for Carnegie Mellon CyLab, and is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Colorado. She serves as chair of the American Bar Association's Privacy and Computer Crime Committee, and she is a member of the World Federation of Scientists' Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security and represents the ABA on the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists.

Westby says that 2009 could bring significant levels of security spending at the federal level for various projects, including public-private partnerships, adding that 85 percent of the nation's critical infrastructure is owned by the private sector.

Westby also says she hopes strides are made toward the establishment of a military-like branch responsible for responding to and defending against cyberattacks.

“[The U.S. government] can no longer treat it as footnotes and PowerPoint slides,” Westby says. “There has to be a defensive capability.”

About the SC World Congress

To keep today's companies and organizations secure requires up-to-the-minute information about current threats to the corporate environment, best practices and optimum solutions. The inaugural SC World Congress offers attendees the opportunity to become better informed, while at the same time providing a hands-on sampling of state-of-the-art technologies and services being used to thwart the increasing range of threats trying to interfere with business operations and abscond with corporate and customer data.

Located in New York, the largest concentration of corporate headquarters and federal and local government offices in the United States, the SC World Congress is the only dedicated IT security event focused on providing the latest solutions and inside information to help IT & data security professionals do their jobs better.

The inaugural SC World Congress takes place Dec. 9-10 in New York City's Javits Convention Center.

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