IT4BC 2007 Conference – Day 2

by | June 16, 2007

Day 2 for the 8th Annual IT4BC conference. Had more great conversations with colleagues from other BC HE Institutions. The conference was a solid success and I am already looking forward to next year.

The first session I went to was an intro to development with Ruby on Rails. I will be looking at this area more closely in the next few months.

I presented the Technology Matrix we developed at BCIT. The presentation went very well and many people asked for the presentation and templates.

The closing keynote for the conference was also very well presented. Here is the abstract:

On the Edge: Combating CyberCriminals at the Perimeter
Richard Stiennon, Chief Marketing Officer, Fortinet

With cybercriminals launching targeted attacks at an increasingly mobile workforce, traditional security approaches of protecting the network from intrusion are no longer sufficient. This session will examine how today’s professional hackers are launching blended attacks that utilize multiple threat vectors, such as email and web-based applications, with the intent of company extortion and monetary gain.

  • Attendees will learn how perimeter defenses are evolving to combine security functionalities, such as application protection, antivirus, antispam, web content inspection and intrusion protection, in order to detect and protect against the newest breed of blended threats. Richard Stiennon, security evangelist for Fortinet, will provide examples of the latest targeted attacks, discuss the limitations of traditional security models, and present new strategies to combat cybercriminals on the edge.

Take aways for me were :

  1. Risk management is dynamic and we need a strategic practice resourced to manage this.
  2. Cybercrime is on the rise and the biggest contributing factors are the ubiquity of the Internet and the lack of international policing cooperation
  3. Articulating and measuring a Threat Hierarchy would be valuable :
    • Level 1 – Experimentation
    • Level 2 – Vandalism
    • Level 3 – Hactivism
    • Level 4 – Cybercrime
    • Level 5 – Information Warfare

Talk about some sobering thoughts …

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