Monday, April 14, 2008

Local and Regional Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Events

Mark your calendars for a couple of upcoming events if you have an interest in computer and information security. The first is coordinated and produced by and the second is being participated in by the Grey Hat Group, a student organization at the University of Washington, Tacoma dedicated to promoting awareness, education, and research into computer security. The event the group is presenting, now in its second year, is the Northwest Security Symposium. Knows as NWSec, the event features student, academic, and professional presentations on topics ranging from cryptography to computer forensics.

The conference is scheduled for May 7th and 8th, 2008 and will provide a broad perspective and in-depth technical sessions based on leading information assurance and cyber security topics. This event invites local businesses, military personnel, and Fortune 500 corporations to interact with each other, increase awareness of critical issues, and view important academic and industry presentations.

Presentations will be given in the Carwein Auditorium of the Keystone building on the UWT Campus and has a great array of speakers from Dickie George to Kirk Bailey. Check it out on their web site.

The Grey Hats are also competing in the upcoming 1st Pacific Rim Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on April 26 – 27, 2008 in conjunction with the Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity, University of Washington. The event will happen on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond and is similar to the great event that the group held with West Point and Fort Lewis last year.


Anonymous said...

As the president of Grey Hat Group I would like to welcome anyone interested in computer security to this event on May 7th and 8th. We have a range of topics being spoken about this year ranging from espionage to When Your Dog Can't Help You: Malware in the Home. We even have lunch planed for both days of the event. We hope to see you there and look forward to having you. For any questions about the event please feel free to email me personally at

Anonymous said...

What is one securing in "computer security" versus data security? This is an honest question. Thanks.

Droid116 said...

Hopefully someone can answer your question better, but I will take a quick try at it.

Data security involves protecting more than what is on the computer. In fact, much private information is stolen in physical ways through pilfered mail, unsecured hard copies and human fault. Security practices should include the human factor as a major component.

Computer security involves more than data security in that attacks can do more than compromise data, but also can also mean theft of resources and destruction of physical assets.

More than willing to hear other views.

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