Kiwi academic to co-chair APAC security forum

Group warns cybercrime will hit enterprise applications

A global e-business and security certification organisation is warning that the many commercial applications being produced across the globe are creating new opportunities for malicious attacks on commercial and government institutions.

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) says that each day new and stronger attacks are being launched.

To coordinate protection and defence against this cyber crime epidemic, the EC-Council says it will host an inaugural roundtable in Kuala Lumpur called Asia Pacific (APAC) Roundtable Forum (EC|RF), which will be co-chaired by Dr Lech J Janczewski, an associate professor of the University of Auckland and chairman of the New Zealand Information Security Forum.

The EC-Council is a member-based organisation that certifies individuals in various e-business and security skills. It is the owner and developer of Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (E|CSA)/Licence Penetration Tester (L|PT) programmes, which are offered in more than 60 countries.

EC-Council president Jay Bavisi says that EC|RF, to be held on November 6, 2008, aiming to congregate selected invited regional defense forces, information security community and corporations on one platform to discuss and develop responses and defences' against rising cyber warfare, cyber terrorism and cyber crimes.

The roundtable theme was "Modern Defences Against 21st Century Cyber Warfare & Cyber Crime", and the forum was part of the H@cker Halted Conference, to be held in Sunway Convention Centre, Malaysia, from November 3 to 6.

"Our aim is to raise the awareness on information security and available preventive measures so we can stay ahead of cyber criminals," says Bavisi.

"In 2000, a 16 year old became the first juvenile to be charged for systems intrusion of high profile organisations," says Dr Janczewski. "Cracking into NASA computers, he stole software worth US$1.7 million forcing NASA to shut down its systems."

"Most recently, hackers attacked and hijacked websites belonging to Georgia and rerouted internet traffic to servers located in Russia and Turkey as the country loomed in clashes," he says. "The attacks were reminiscent of coordinated campaigns against Estonian government websites in 2007."

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