The U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) and the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) today announced the recipient of a seat at the Global Cyberlympics, an international team ethical hacking competition. Chad Weber, a sophomore at Vermont Technical College, earned admission to Cyberlympics by scoring first place in the USCC Cyber Quests, a national competition focused on testing participants’ ability to identify and interpret web application attacks.
Nearly 500 students from more than 160 schools across 43 states registered for Cyber Quests III, which concluded on September 15. A number of post-graduate and professionals participated as well. The second place winner was Ben Toews, a graduate of DePaul University in Illinois. Third place winner was Dan Borges, a senior at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. Winners were determined based on who achieved the highest score in the shortest amount of time. The complete scoreboard of participants is available online.
“I’m very excited at having won this competition, and very thankful for all of the opportunities that the USCC has provided to me,” said Weber.
In addition to providing a seat at the CyberLympics, the EC-Council also sponsored prizes for the first, second and third place winners that include EC-Council’s flagship Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) v7 training, Security+ training library by Element K, official courseware by EC-Council Press, exam vouchers and passes for Hacker Halted, TakeDownCon and CAST cyber security conferences. Read more…
A formal Pentagon cyber strategy may define which acts of digital sabotage constitute acts war that warrant conventional military retaliation, but cases clear-cut enough to justify such retaliation may be few and far between, experts say.
The problem is attribution – identifying that an attack comes from the government of another sovereign state so its assets can be attacked, they say.
“The U.S. military is setting itself up for failure because attribution is difficult, and it’s easy to spoof your identity thereby falsely implicating the wrong government or group,” says Jay Bavisi, president of EC-Council, an international cyber security education body. “A military attack could be misplaced, as a result, but at the same time not responding will now be seen as a sign of weakness.”
For more information on this, please visit “http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/060611-cyberwar.html“.
Fears over an Internet kill switch erupted last month in the wake of Egypt’s successful blackout, sounding alarms even among tech-dependant Westerners who once believed access to the web was an untouchable freedom.
While a similar blackout is far less likely in a nation such as the U.S., filled with loads of Internet service providers and stringent laws protecting civil rights, some say Washington should be imposing more regulations over the web in an effort to curtail cyber threats against critical infrastructures, including those operated by private entities.
For more information, please visit “http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2011/03/17/kill-switch-fears-trigger-cyber-security-debate/“.
Singapore Informatics, a premier education solution provider in Sri Lanka, receives heartiest congratulations on the success of the Cyber Security Summit organized together with the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC Council). The summit, held from 23rd -27th November 2010, proved an eye- opener on cyber security issues for many participants including high ranking government officials, military personnel, academia, corporate managers and IT professionals highlighting the significance of information security. While the participants thanked Singapore Informatics for taking initiative to convene such an event in Sri Lanka bringing in the expertise of world’s top most IT gurus, EC Council President, Sanjay Bavisi further pledged their support to this Singapore Informatics endeavour to educate Sri Lankans on cyber security issues.
The summit featured three key events; Cyber Security Conference, training programmes on Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), and the Night Hack Cocktail. The keynote speakers were Sanjay Bavisi, President of EC Council, Sean Lim, Vice President of EC Council, Joseph McCray of Learn Security Online and Tim Pierson, Consultant and Instructor from Data- Sentry, Inc. The speakers were positively amazed at the high level of participation and enthusiasm of the participants throughout the conference commenting them to be the “best audience they ever had”.
The subsequent training sessions on CEH conducted by Joseph McCray of Learn Security Online exceeded the stipulated hours demonstrating the participants’ active interest in the subject area. The sessions on CHFI by Tim Pierson, Consultant and Instructor from Data- Sentry, Inc. drew attention to the importance of forensic investigation to rectify flaws in the system and bring the culprits to justice.
The summit culminated with the Night Hack Cocktail, the first-ever live hacking session held in South Asia. The two trainers, McCray and Pierson, also training instructors for Pentagon, US Department of Defense, demonstrated live hacking showcasing latest hacking methodologies and often overlooked security vulnerabilities.
The experience proved highly educational to the participants, as the Director IT of Sri Lanka Air Force, Group Captain Amarasena commented “I was amazed to see amount of things hackers could do. It made me think twice of our own information systems”. Captain Deepthi Peiris, Director IT of Sri Lanka Navy shared the same view stating “this persuaded me to build up the knowledge of ethical hacking among my staff members”.
Singapore Informatics was also commended by Lal Dias, Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Team (CERT), also a strategic partner for the summit, for stepping forward to assist them in their mission as a private sector institution sharing the same goals.
In light of these positive response from both participants and resource personnel, Singapore Informatics Director/ General Manager, Sri Lanka Territory Corporate Office, Boshan Dayaratne stated “Considering the increasing number of cyber crimes, particularly related to social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, and recent uproar caused by WikiLeaks, the summit was held at an opportune moment addressing a growing security concern worldwide”.
Furthermore, Singapore Informatics plans to make the Cyber Security Summit an annual event in their corporate calendar.
“We also hope to extend our awareness raising campaigns to grass root level, particularly school children, whose ignorance on cyber security has made them fall easy prey to various kinds of internet-related crimes” Director/ General Manager of Singapore Informatics further stated.
Currently, Singapore Informatics has launched CEH and CHFI training in Sri Lanka at a discounted rate to prepare our younger generation to face new challenges in the IT field. More information can be obtained through http://www.singaporeinformatics.lk/ or call on 0112699898.
America is under attack and the truth is, we aren’t doing enough to stop it. For all the fuss about national security in the last decade, we are forgetting the real threat isn’t only physical, but digital.
This isn’t some far-off possibility and it is happening now. Key American computer networks are attacked thousands of times a day by state-sponsored hackers , foreign spies, criminal organizations, lone hackers and “hacktivists.” Cybersecurity organizations are also planning for future cyber attacks from terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda.
And it’s only going to get worse. As our national and global economies become ever more intertwined with the Internet, cyber attackers are developing greater capabilities to attack high-value targets. From anywhere in the world, cyber attackers have the ability to disrupt America’s most vital systems, from electric power grids to financial markets. With sufficient ingenuity, cyber attacks could cause billions of dollars in damage and put thousands of lives in jeopardy.
Will it take a ‘Cyber 9/11’ before we finally realize the importance of protecting our digital resources?
Congress is currently debating what form national cybersecurity reform should take. In May, the U.S. House voted 229 to 186 for its National Defense Authorization Act, which includes several cybersecurity measures–largely taken from the House Committee-approved Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2010. The National Defense Authorization Act is currently pending before the Senate.
Education needed to curb rampant cyber crime and terrorism, the EC-Council Asia Pacific Roundtable Forum (ECC|RF) concludes.
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants says each day new and stronger attacks are being launched across the globe.