[unisog] Cyber Security Summit
James D. Perry II
jperry1 at utk.edu
Thu Sep 21 18:22:51 GMT 2006
University of Tennessee Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sept. 21, 2006
UT, Others Combine Forces to Battle Cyber Security Threats
KNOXVILLE -- "Emerging Cyber Threats" will be the theme of the region's
second Cyber Security Summit on Oct. 23-24.
The summit is being sponsored by the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee
Valley Authority and its Inspector General's Office, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and Fountainhead College of Technology.
The event, to be held at the UT Conference Center, 600 Henley St., will
bring together computer and technology security experts from private
industry, government and higher education to share information about
computer network crimes. Anyone with an interest in computer-related law
enforcement and security issues should attend.
"We read almost daily about cyber attacks on government, business and
educational institutions," said Brice Bible, UT assistant vice president for
information technology and interim chief information officer. "The
technological resources and information we depend upon to run our
organizations are also attractive resources to cyber criminals."
Bible said higher education, government and private industry have both
desire and an obligation to help law enforcement fight this type of crime.
"In today's networked world, we're all positioned to spot cyber crime,
so we as educators, businesspeople and government employees all benefit by
working with law enforcement. This includes helping the public learn more
about the dangers of cyber crime."
Among the experts who will speak at the summit:
* Dr. Terry Gudaitis, a cyber crime profiler. She is director of incident
response services and open source monitoring services for Science
Applications International Corp. Her departments investigate hacking
incidents, ID theft, cyber stalking and other Internet-related crimes.
* Gary Kessler, an expert in computer forensics. He is associate professor
and director of the Computer & Digital Forensics, Computer Networking,
Information Security programs and the Center for Digital Investigation at
Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.
* William Maconachy, an expert in cryptologic computer science research. He
is deputy senior science authority with the National Security Agency.
* Dr. Phyllis Schneck, a security and infrastructure protection expert. She
is vice president of research integration at CipherTrust Inc.
* Bob Kuykendall, an expert on identity theft. He works for the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration.
* Randy Marchany, a computer incident response expert and director of
Virginia Tech Computer IT Security Testing Laboratory.
* Ronald E. Plesco Jr., an expert on hacking countermeasures and an
information security attorney.
Beth O'Brien, who supervises the white collar crime investigations for the
FBI's Knoxville office, said the FBI has directed its hiring efforts
nationally toward individuals with cyber expertise.
Knoxville FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard L. Lambert said cyber
crime investigations are the FBI's third investigative priority. More than
1,000 special agents are partnered with federal, state and local agencies
forming 93 cyber task forces and 62 working groups across the nation.
TVA Inspector General Richard Moore said cyber security is vital, both
for businesses and individuals.
"It is imperative that we stay on the cutting edge of developments to ensure
our continued protection. Summits such as this one will help us learn from
each other in this ongoing effort," he said.
Also a summit sponsor, Fountainhead College of Technology, is a locally
owned and operated private college that has been designated as a National
Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) by
the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. It is
the first college in the southeast to offer a computer security-focused
"Fountainhead not only provides high level cyber security training for
its students, it serves as an information security resource for law
enforcement, government agencies and information technology professionals,"
said Tammy Alexander, program coordinator for the college¹s Center for
Information Assurance & Cyber Security Training (IACT). ³Part of the core
mission of Fountainhead¹s IACT center is to reach out and partner with other
organizations interested in cyber security, and we are pleased to be a part
of this year¹s Cyber Security Summit.
Cost of attending the conference is $75, which includes breakfast and
lunch both days. Registration will be open until all 200 slots have been
Conference information and registration is available on-line at
Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034, amy.blakely at tennessee.edu
James Perry, (865) 974-3592, jperry1 at utk.edu
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