2016 FIRST Conference: part 3

Thursday morning began with a keynote from Prof Kilnam Chon of KAIST, entitled The Other Billion, considering the demands and challenges posed by the internet users expected to come online over the next few years, mostly in Africa and Asia. … Continue reading

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2016 FIRST Conference: part 2

The third full day of the conference began with a keynote looking at security innovation from the point of view of a venture capital firm. As someone in an organisation far removed from that of Silicon Valley startups it was … Continue reading

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2016 FIRST Conference: part 1

Last week saw the annual conference of FIRST, the Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams, this time held in Seoul, South Korea. As usual this is a big event, with 670 attendees this year from over seventy nations, covering … Continue reading

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2015 FIRST Conference: Thursday and Friday

Thursday opened with a keynote from Olaf Kolkman of the Internet Society, looking at how to maintain an open but secure internet through effective collaboration. The open nature of the internet has meant that individuals and organisations have been at … Continue reading

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2015 FIRST Conference: Wednesday

Wednesday’s keynote was from Philipp Amann of the European Cybercrime Centre, examining the subject of cybercrime. The boundaries between the “real” and online worlds are rapidly disappearing. Indeed plenty of “traditional” crime is now online – for instance drug sales … Continue reading

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2015 FIRST Conference: Tuesday

Tuesday’s presentations began with a keynote from Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure entitled “Securing our Future”, looking at current and future risks as more and more systems and data go online. He considers the risks to user privacy from the likes … Continue reading

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2015 FIRST Conference: Sunday and Monday

It’s mid-June again, time for the annual FIRST Conference, and following on from Bangkok and Boston, this year it’s another “B”, namely Berlin. Our venue for the week is the Intercontinental Hotel, adjacent to the green oasis of the Tiergarten. … Continue reading

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Targeted financial fraud

We were recently alerted to an example of an attempted highly-targeted financial fraud. Now, we see fraudulent emails all the time, but fortunately most are immediately apparent to the recipients. In this case, however, the attacker had done their homework. … Continue reading

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2014 FIRST Conference: Friday

The final day of the conference began with a keynote from Bruce Schneier of Co3 Systems, generous sponsors of the banquet on Wednesday. This was entitled “The Roles of People and Technology in Incident Response”. He discussed the types of … Continue reading

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2014 FIRST Conference: Thursday

Day four of the conference started with a keynote from Intel’s Malcolm Harkins, “Business Control Vs. Business Velocity – Practical Considerations for Business Survivability in the Information Age”. This looked at the relationship between security teams and the needs of … Continue reading

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