Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
Held each October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is an effort to encourage businesses, schools, consumers, government agencies, and the general public to make cyber security a priority. A major event in support of cyber security awareness is EC-Council’s flagship conference, Hacker Halted, held in Miami October 25-31. With their vision of global cybersecurity, EC-Council gathers security professionals and aficionados of all levels from all over the world every October. This year, NCSAM’s theme is “Our Shared Responsibility” which emphasizes the extent to which all users of the Internet, from the general public to the highest-level professionals all contribute to the safety, or lack thereof, of everyone’s online experience. Hacker Halted, in its fourth year in the United States, brings together students and professionals from across the spectrum of cyber security, from system administrators to C-level executives and includes several events and learning opportunities: Hacker Halted Academy, the Hacker Halted conference, the Global CISO Forum, and the finals of the Global CyberLympics.
Hacker Halted Academy is an opportunity for high-level, advanced technical training toward various professional certifications. With classes ranging from Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), to Advanced Penetration Testing, to Wireless & Bluetooth Hacking (among many others), Hacker Halted Academy provides information security professionals the ability to become truly well rounded. At the Hacker Halted conference, some of the highest-level, most renowned speakers will address the crowd on topics that are most crucial to information security today. Topics include open source intelligence, web app security, biohacking, advanced SQL interjection, and many more from high-profile speakers and trainers like Dave Chronister, Rafal Los, Wayne Burke, and Chuck Easttom.
The Global CISO Forum is a chance for the executives of the information security industry to meet, share best practices, and debate hot topics. Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) are responsible for the infrastructure of some of the largest companies and organizations across the world and the breadth of knowledge they are expected to master is immense. Giving these professionals the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences goes right to the heart of NCSAM’s mission of sharing the responsibility of cyber security. It is well known that cybercriminals are more adept at sharing and spreading their creative and advanced methods of breaching security infrastructures than those charged with cyber security are at sharing methods of defense and counterattack. The Forum comprises a series of panel discussions peppered with keynote presentations to ensure the most important topics are discussed in-depth. Executives from around the world are attending, including Justin Somaini of Yahoo, Amar Singh of News International, Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility, Illyas Kooliyankal of ADS Securities, Curtis Levinson who serves as the US Cyber Defense Liaison to NATO, and many more. The event is a closed-door, by invitation only event, but there will be interaction between the CISOs and Hacker Halted conference in the form of an exciting debate being billed as CISOs versus Hackers.
The Global CyberLympics, a worldwide hacking competition organized by EC-Council Foundation (a non-profit organization with the mission of fostering collaboration and participation by Global Digital Citizens to become advocates for safe and secure on-line activities and child online protection), will culminate with its World Finals in front of the live audience of Hacker Halted. Teams representing dozens of countries have been competing against each other over the last months in order to earn the right to face each other in the finals. The champion will be crowned after the “Capture the Flag” round of the competition where teams try to maintain control of targets, defending them from opposing teams, and attacking enemy targets. Another aspect of the Global CyberLympics is the High School Challenge, which includes three rounds of hacking competitions for students under 18 years old, but is done entirely online.
Hacker Halted has become a fixture in National Cyber Security Awareness Month, always taking place in October and always drawing huge crowds. This year, with the addition of Global CyberLympics and the CISO Forum, Hacker Halted shows no signs of stopping. For more information, please visit http://www.hackerhalted.com/2012