St. Paul, MN (PRWEB) April 19, 2010
As the digital world expands, so does the amount of cybercrime, spam, data leaks, identity theft, and web threats, which have increased dramatically during the past decade. Whether a business or organization is larger or small, the IT operation must be ready to handle vast amounts of data and maintain secure control of how and when information is accessed and by whom.
Although information is now the lifeblood for business sustainability and competitive advantage, it requires constant vigilance in order to protect it. Consider the following according to the Sophos Security Threat Report: 2010 (http://www.sophos.com):
- Spam is now common on social networking sites, and social engineering is on the rise.
- Cybercrime is a flourishing illegal business in the underground community because their attacks on unsuspecting users are so effective. Cybercriminals are gaining access to millions of compromised computers that are infected with malware (malicious software) and cocktails containing everything from credential-stealing software, to spam software, and others.
- Social networks are an increasingly popular platform to launch attacks.
- Threats spread via email attachments and embedded links experienced a resurgence in 2009.
- A major data leak can break a business and render an institution a laughing stock.
- Hackers will continue to increase the speed and efficiency of developing new attacks.
Information security is becoming increasingly important with these and other evolving threats to people, property and processes. That's why the 2010 Secure360 Conference (http:http://www.secure360.org) -- sponsored by the Upper Midwest Security Alliance (UMSA) -- is being held May 11 - 12 at St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn. This premier event is designed to keep enterprise risk management and security professionals in business and government in the Upper Midwest on the leading edge of IT and security.
This year's conference keynote speakers include:
SANS Institute Director of Research Allan Paller will be the keynote speaker from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Tues. May 11, 2010. The SANS Institute is a large cooperative research and education organization for information security training, certification and research.
Jill Knesek, Chief Security Officer, BT Global Services will be the keynote speaker from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Wed. May 12, 2010. Knesek is responsible for all BT security matters globally, including strategy, security policy and compliance, physical security, information security, travel security, regulatory compliance and investigations.
Variety of educational sessions
This premier, world-class event - sponsored by the Upper Midwest Security Alliance (UMSA) - also features nearly 50 local and national industry thought leaders and experts, exhibits by leading-edge companies/organizations with exceptional networking opportunities at affordable Midwestern prices.
These educational sessions will focus on a wide variety of IT and security topics, including the following:
- As the landscape changes, so do the threats
- Social networks and employment screening
- Personal information: static to strategic
- The state of insecurity in 2010
- Internet social media and risk mitigation
- Web threats - why they continue to grow and prosper
- The Millennial generation - insider threat or security asset
The Upper Midwest Security Alliance (UMSA) is a not-for-profit association of industry professionals dedicated to advancing the security of business, government and infrastructure of the Upper Midwest region by providing affordable access to world-class thinking and practice in security disciplines.