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Threatpost DEF CON Panel to Weigh Conflict Between Cyber Security, Civil Liberties

Panel Members to Include Aaron Barr, Former CEO of HBGary Federal, in His First Public Appearance After the February Attack by Anonymous (July 27, 2011)

WOBURN, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/27/11 -- Threatpost Editor Paul Roberts will moderate the panel "Whoever Fights Monsters: Aaron Barr, Anonymous, and Ourselves" on Saturday, August 6 at DEF CON 19 in Las Vegas.

Security industry experts at the DEF CON hacker conference in Las Vegas will confront the technical and ethical dilemmas posed by nation-state backed cyber warfare and ideologically motivated cyber attacks. Threatpost editor Paul Roberts will moderate a panel of IT security industry experts that includes Aaron Barr, the former CEO of HBGary Federal, in his first public appearance following the attack on his company in February by the group Anonymous. Barr will be joined on stage by security industry luminaries Joshua Corman, formerly of The 451 Group, and Jericho of Attrition.org.

The attacks on Barr and HBGary Federal, Sony, and other organizations raise important questions about the vulnerability of private sector firms to damaging attacks by criminally and ideologically motivated actors. Data disgorged from those companies raises important questions about the scope of government and private sector cyber activities, and the impact of powerful new security and monitoring tools, including data mining and persona management, which may encroach on civil liberties.

Panel members will debate the consequences of the federal government's huge new investments in IT security, the real threat posed by ideologically motivated hactivist groups and chaotic actors like Anonymous and LulzSec, and what we're missing amid all the talk about attacks by so-called "advanced persistent threats," or "APTs." Cyber security is the front line in a new Cold War. It's a front that stretches from the Pentagon, to the corporate board room and to the living room. The "Whoever Fights Monsters" panel seeks to understand the best way to fight that war without sacrificing our civil liberties and freedom.


WHAT:
"Whoever Fights Monsters: Aaron Barr, Anonymous, and Ourselves" panel at DEF CON 19

WHO:
The panel, moderated by Threatpost Editor and Kaspersky Lab Security Evangelist Paul Roberts, will feature:

  • Aaron Barr: Independent Security Consultant, Former CEO, HBGary Federal
  • Joshua Corman: Research Director, Enterprise Security Practice, The 451 Group
  • Jericho: Attrition.org Staff

WHEN:
Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 10:00am PDT

WHERE:
Track 1, Rio Hotel, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103

To RSVP please visit our "Events" page on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Can't attend? Follow the panel discussion live on Twitter: #TPanel

About Threatpost
Threatpost is an independent news website for IT security professionals. Threatpost delivers original IT security reporting and analysis from some of the industry's top reporters and experts. Through the main Threatpost.com blog, mobile iPhone app, and our presence on social networks like Twitter (@threatpost), LinkedIn, Facebook and Tumblr, Threatpost delivers breaking news coverage through personality-driven blogs, podcasts, videos and relevant, curated links to the best security content from across the Internet. Threatpost extends Kaspersky Lab's mission to educate users about computer security threats and to give them the tools and knowledge to protect themselves. To learn more visit http://www.threatpost.com.

About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world's largest privately-held Internet Security company, providing comprehensive protection against all forms of IT threats such as viruses, spyware, hackers and spam. The company's products provide in-depth computer defense for more than 300 million systems around the globe, including home and mobile users, small and medium sized businesses and large enterprises. Kaspersky technology is also incorporated inside the products and services of nearly 100 of industry leading IT, networking, communications and applications solution vendors.

For further information about the company, please visit http://www.kaspersky.com/. Friend us on Facebook and follow @Kaspersky on Twitter.

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Threatpost
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