In his opening Keynote Address, Paller described several measurably effective countermeasures organizations are implementing to keep cyber criminals at bay. “Everyone in information security has an opinion,” said Paller in his keynote address. “But the attackers are fighting us with weapons, not opinions. That’s why it is so important to be able to distinguish strategies and tactics that work from those that don’t.”
As reported on KNX 1070 Newsradio in Los Angeles, “The Department of Homeland Security had a stark warning for business owners. ‘Take it seriously, make the investments,’
“We’re losing a lot of intellectual property from cyber theft, and I think that’s very worrisome from the long-term competitiveness of the U.S.,” McConnell said on KNX. “It’s very serious.”
Both McConnell and Paller stated that the vast majority of companies are largely unwilling to admit when their systems have been compromised. McConnell closed his speech with “We say there are two kinds of companies: those that know they have been hacked, and those that don’t yet know that they’ve been hacked.”
Other cyber security solutions were provided by a broad range of speakers including David Hallstrom, Security and Privacy Underwriting Director, CNA; Brad Maryman, President, Maryman and Associates; Tim Toohey, JD, Partner at Snell & Wilmer; David Marcus, Director of Advanced Research and Threat Intelligence for McAfee® Labs; Ira Winkler, President, Internet Security Advisors Group; information security consultant, Kevin Cardwell; Lance Spitzner, Training Director at SANS; Marc Maiffret, Chief Technology Officer at BeyondTrust;
The Summit is the only educational forum in Los Angeles specifically designed to encourage participation and interaction among all three vital information security constituencies:
About ISSA-LA, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association:
ISSA-LA is the premier catalyst and information source in Los Angeles for improving the practice of information security. The Chapter conducts outreach programs to businesses, financial institutions, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and consumers. ISSA-LA is the founding Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, an international not-for-profit organization of information security professionals and practitioners. For more information visit: www.issa-la.org .