GovSec 2010 Day 1 Wrap-Up

The first day of the GovSec Expo & Conference event was held at the Washington DC Convention Center yesterday. It featured a rich variety of topics and focused on various IT solutions and critical technology.

The conference delivered topics from different security sectors, including cloud computing, cyber security, data center and virtualization, and defense innovations. The event featured top industry experts from well known companies and government institutions.

The keynote speeches at GovSec included its usual mix of law enforcement and technology with Bill Bratton, former police chief of Los Angeles, New York and Boston, Anthony Zuiker, creator and executive producer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Steven R. Chabinsky, the deputy assistant director in the FBI’s Cyber Security Division.

Bratton talked about technology’s role in police work and its likely role in the future.  He also noted that local police departments have the knowledge but lack the resources for cyber security-related police efforts.

Meanwhile, Zuiker discussed cross-platforming. He noted “traditional media is dead, and that newspapers, magazines and TV must become more interactive.”

In the last keynote of the day Chabinsky said that “How the United States handles cybercrime could help determine the future of the country.” He framed the issue of online crimes, including hacking and copyright infringement, as a question of both economic and national security. Chabinsky added that almost every cyber criminal is now a member of an online forum or chat service and that “… like you have doctors who are specialists instead of general practitioners, we have cyber criminals who are specialists instead of general practitioners.”

Chabinsky described 10 types of specialized cyber criminals:

  • Programmers who write malware and exploits
  • Vendors who sell stolen data
  • Techies who maintain the needed information technology infrastructures
  • Hackers who exploit the vulnerabilities
  • Fraudsters who create social engineering schemes
  • Hosters
  • Cashiers who control accounts
  • Money movers
  • Tellers
  • Leaders, who assemble the teams

The only education session that I was able to attend was the International & Initiatives on Cybersecurity. The training included six mini sessions and was presented by the American Bar Association’s Privacy & Computer Crime Committee. The discussion focused on an international legal framework to counter cyber security. Some countries have no cybercrime laws and to close this divide in cyber security, an ITU Toolkit for Cybercrime Legislation is made available. The ITU Toolkit aims to provide countries with sample legislative language and reference material that can assist in the establishment of harmonized cybercrime laws and procedural rules.

Well those are some quick notes on some of the activities from day 1. We’ll be in attendance tomorrow as well and look forward to some interesting topics. If you would like to learn more about GovSec, see its description in our Infosec Conferences section as well as the main GovSec conference site. They also have a Twitter account at @GovSecUSLaw so be sure to follow them tomorrow for all the latest conference happenings.

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