The Pentagon has ordered all troops and officials involved in protecting computer networks from enemy hackers to undergo training in computer hacking themselves.
A Feb. 25 update to a directive on information security from the office of the assistant defense secretary for networks and information integration requires workers involved in what the Pentagon calls computer-network defense to be certified in understanding as many as 150 hacking techniques.
The new training requirement comes as the Pentagon is moving ahead with creation of a new Cyberwarfare Command at Fort Meade, Md.
The certification will be carried out by specialists at the private International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, known as the EC-Council, which conducts what it calls “ethical hacker” training.
The council’s president, Jay Bavisi, said the updated directive is the first time the Pentagon acknowledged publicly that it conducts hacker training.
Jul 1, 2009
Live Information Security Certification and Technical Training Classes at Conference Hosted by EC-CouncilInformation Security Conference in Miami
will be offering a variety of “live” information security certifications and technical training classes Albuquerque, NM, July 1, 2009 – Hacker Halted USA 2009, a comprehensive and complete information security conference hosted by EC-Council will see the launch of the Hacker Halted Academy in Miami, Florida.
CEO of Netwitness as one of the keynote speakers for information security conference where more than 50 international experts converge and discuss global cybersecurity issues; and uncover new exploits and vulnerabilities.
Albuquerque, NM, July 15, 2009 – Hacker Halted USA 2009, a leading information security conference hosted by EC-Council, today announced that Amit Yoran will be one of the Keynote Speaker for the conference to be held at Miami, Florida. Since 2006, Amit has served as the Chairman and CEO of Netwitness. He was formerly the Director of the US-CERT and National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security, and has served as CEO and advisor to In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA. He is currently a member of the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th US President.
Amit Yoran joins an impressive presenters line up comprising world-renowned security experts who will be discussing the latest information security trends, present some of the best practices as well as uncover the latest vulnerabilities and exploits. Some of the speakers include:
Herbert H. Thompson
Jayson E. Street
Daniel V. Hoffman
Jay Bavisi, Co-Founder and President of EC-Council, said “With such an impressive list of speakers making up a world class agenda, and being held at an exciting venue in Miami, Hacker Halted USA 2009 is poised to be the perfect platform for information security professionals globally to enhance knowledge and exchange views, as well as network with peers within the community.”
About Hacker Halted USA 2009
Hacker Halted USA 2009 is a complete and comprehensive information security conference hosted by EC-Council, a global leading certification body. The event will be held at the Hilton Miami Downtown, from Sep 20 – 25, 2009. Most registered participants of the conference will be entitled to attend one of three specially customized security training workshop, worth $599, at no additional cost on Sep 25.
In addition, EC-Council will be offering a heavily subsidized rate for all government and military personnel. Click HERE to find out more about this offer.
Some of the sponsors for this year’s event include Core Security Technologies, Sophos, Codenomicon, Cengage, Syngress, among others.
Since 2004, the global series of Hacker Halted has been successfully organized in many cities including Myrtle Beach, Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei and Tokyo. Other cities slated to host the event in 2009 are Seoul, Hyderabad and Kuala Lumpur. The objective of the Hacker Halted conference series is to raise international awareness towards increased education and ethics in Information Security