April 8, 2004 – “E-Mail Attack” Conference & Exhibit, Madison Square Garden
|On April 8, 2004, Information Security Executives and Managers converged on AIT’s “E-Mail Attack Conference and Exhibit” at Madison Square Garden, NYC.
The FEATURED PRESENTER was Dr. Paul Judge, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), CipherTrust. Since joining the company in May 2000, Dr. Judge has served as CipherTrust’s lead inventor on seven patent-pending technologies in secure messaging and anti-spam. In his capacity as CipherTrust’s CTO and founder of the Anti-Spam Research Group, Dr. Judge regularly speaks at industry conferences, including the FTC Spam Forum. He also has authored numerous papers that have been published in leading academic journals and conferences. CipherTrust, Inc. is a global E-mail security company, dedicated to developing comprehensive security solutions for enterprise E-mail systems.
The Conference’s SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER was Robert Caltabiano, Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge, US Secret Service, NYC Office.
Dr. Judge’s presentation, “Application-Level Threats and Defenses: The E-mail Battlefield,” covered new threats and attacks designed to circumvent network protections worldwide and infect millions of systems. He explained that many of these threats bypass normal network firewalls and intrusion detection systems, by attacking applications. Paul pointed out that E-mail systems are under attack from almost every direction. Therefore, application-level defenses for E-mail systems are important in the evolving E-mail battlefield. The Presentation defined five categories of E-mail threats: Spam; Viruses; Hacking; Policy Violations; and, Eavesdropping. Paul explored those threats, and discussed alternative defenses.
Agent Caltabiano talk offered a detailed explanation of the US Secret Service’s New York Electronic Crime Task Force. His presentation, titled “The NY-Electronic Crime Task Force; its Contribution to Counter Cyber- Terrorism,” briefly reviewed the NY ECTF and how it investigates a wide range of computer-based criminal activity. Examples included e-commerce frauds, identity crimes, telecommunications fraud, and a wide variety of computer intrusion crimes that affect a variety of infrastructures. Since its inception in 1995, the New York Electronic Crimes Task Force alone has charged over 800 people with electronic crimes valued at more than $500 million.
Co-sponsoring Exhibitors included CipherTrust, the US Secret Service, Computerworld, InfoWorld, and BlinnPR.
Exhibitors included ADT, MessageOne, NYM-InfraGard, Psynapse Technologies, SurfControl, and Sybari Software.
Founded in 1986 with the State University of New York at Farmingdale, AIT represents the technologies interests of major corporations and government organizations. Foremost interests include IT Infrastructure, Information Security, Internetworking, Convergence and VOIP, and E-applications. AIT provides National and International level training sessions for Business Executives, Diplomats, and International Officials. In some cases, Heads of State partake in AIT’s educational forums.