Miami, FL (PRWEB) October 03, 2011
Hacker Halted USA, the technical information security conference organized by EC-Council that will take place in Miami this Fall, created a focused forum that discusses on issues of SCADA and Critical Infrastructure security. The emergence of the Stuxnet worm in 2010 was a major turning point in the history of cyberwar. Stuxnet, the world’s most sophisticated cyber weapon to date (at least, that we know of), was designed for the expressed purpose of physically disabling an Iranian nuclear power plant - an event rarely seen on the world stage.
According to the W32, Stuxnet Dossier released by Symantec in February 2011, Stuxnet is a threat that was primarily written to target an industrial control system or set of similar systems. Industrial control systems are used in gas pipelines and power plants. Its final goal is to reprogram industrial control systems (ICS) by modifying code on programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to make them work in a manner the attacker in¬tended and to hide those changes from the operator of the equipment.
The Washington Times security reporter Shaun Waterman will be moderating a Hacker Halted panel discussion on October 26 entitled, “SCADA Hacking: The Proliferation of Weapons for the Next World War.” This panel, with experts Jonathan Pollet, Tiffany Rad, Matthew Luallen and others, will discuss the potential cyber war implications of the Stuxnet worm - specifically, how it is at risk of being reproduced by other national governments, organized crime, hacktivists and others. As Waterman notes, now that Stuxnet has got the attention of the global computer security community, ingenious hackers - some with no background at all in ICS/SCADA - have been able to devise effective attacks against SCADA systems. The panel discussion will seek to answer key questions about the open source availability of SCADA attacks, how industrial operators can protect themselves and what the government’s role should be in safeguarding US SCADA systems.
Due to the significance of the Stuxnet threat and more SCADA vulnerabilities being uncovered, this IT security conference is devoting an entire conference track to examining the latest security risks and flaws in SCADA, and the risk of proliferation of Stuxnet-like worms, from the industry’s top minds.
In addition to Shaun Waterman’s SCADA panel discussion, Hacker Halted USA will also showcase several cutting-edge presentations from key experts in the field such as:
The full program and agenda of Hacker Halted USA 2011 can be found HERE.
Hacker Halted USA, EC-Council’s flagship information security conference and a leading East Coast venue for cybersecurity research announcements, takes place from October 21-27 at the InterContinental Miami. Hacker Halted provides four days of information security training, October 21-24, followed by a three-day conference, October 25-27, of keynotes, panel discussions, presentations and demos from the world’s foremost experts in cybersecurity - including Bruce Schneier, George Kurtz, Charlie Miller, Jeremiah Grossman, Barnaby Jack, Dino Dai Zovi, Moxie Marlinspike, Philippe Courtot, Jeff Bardin, and more.
For more information on Hacker Halted USA 2011, visit the website at http://www.hackerhalted.com/2011
ABOUT HACKER HALTED:
Hacker Halted is EC-Council’s premier global information security conference series, dedicated to raising international awareness towards increased education and ethics in information security. Hacker Halted is a vendor neutral platform that provides CXOs and senior IT security professionals with the opportunity to assess best practices in acquiring, implementing, managing, and measuring information security. Hacker Halted provides EC-Council certification training, including the renowned Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program (a recently accepted certification of DoD Directive 8570.01M Change 2). Since 2004, Hacker Halted has been held in Miami, Myrtle Beach, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Dubai, Mexico City, Cairo, Taipei, Guangzhou, and Tokyo. More information about Hacker Halted is available at http://www.hackerhalted.com.