Security heavyweights from Akamai and FB at HITBSecConf KL
By Digital News Asia September 12, 2013
- Registration for HITBSecConf2013 KL already open; prices for two-day conference increase after Sept 25
- Keynotes to discuss using social innovations to improve security and … hacking human wetware for security?
THE chief security officers of Akamai and Facebook will deliver keynote addresses on the first and second day of the Hack In The Box Security Conference (HITBSecConf 2013) that takes place in Kuala Lumpur from Oct 16-17.
Akamai’s Andy Ellis will deliver his Day 1 keynote address on Cognitive Injection: Reprogramming the Situation-Oriented Human OS, while Facebook’s Joe Sullivan will deliver the Day 2 keynote address on Bringing Social to Security, HITB said in a press statement.
Ellis’ keynote will look at how understanding human behaviour – or ‘human wetware’ as he describes it – can help organisational hackers treat a group of humans as they would any other legacy distributed system: One which can be upgraded and modified to solve problems in more desirable ways.
Meanwhile, Sullivan will share some recent examples of innovative initiatives that leverage social engagement to improve security. These examples won’t just focus on user-facing product experiences on Facebook, but will also include the company’s bug bounty programme, employee education campaigns, red teams and incident response efforts.
Taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur, this year's two-day, triple-track HITBSecConf Kuala Lumpur will also play host to over 40 of the world’s top computer security experts and is expected to attract hundreds of attendees from around the globe, HITB said.
Ellis (pic) first spoke at HITBSecConf Amsterdam in 2012 where he had shared a behind-the-scenes look at how Akamai's security programme evolved through the collapse of the dotcom bubble, avoided being trapped below the security poverty line, and developed into one of the most trusted cloud platforms today.
“I’ve spent the year and a half in between doing further research into cognitive science and organisational psychology, and the talk I’ll be giving in Kuala Lumpur represents the third stage of the presentation (the second was given as a keynote at RSAC USA this year) that I started in Amsterdam,” he said.
“As I’ve studied, I’ve found many analyses of the way the human brain learns, operates, and responds to new inputs to be quite explanatory of some of the effects we, as information security professionals, often observe in the field.
“Rather than continuing to repeat our mistakes over and over, an understanding of how evolution has tailored the human brain to respond can be used as a tool to make organisations behave in ways we would find more pleasing,” Ellis added.
Meanwhile, Sullivan’s (pic) keynote in Amsterdam 2011 discussed the importance of innovation for security teams to survive within the evolving security landscape.
“I am excited to return to HITB to experience the Malaysia event because the Amsterdam conference was such a unique situation, where my keynote started a conversation that kept going until the end of the conference as I met with and got to know the other attendees.
“When I spoke in 2011, I focused on the importance of security teams always innovating to keep up with the latest threats. I still believe that, and when I recently started documenting some of our newer homegrown innovations, I noticed a trend: That we have injected a social aspect into our recent ideas.
“So in this keynote, I will share some of the ways we've successfully engaged socially, even in otherwise technical solutions, to increase the security of our social network,” Sullivan said.
Registration for HITBSecConf2013 - Kuala Lumpur is already open with prices for the two-day conference increasing after Sept 25. For further details and the full speaker list, please see http://conference.hitb.org/. Follow developments on Twitter with the hashtag #HITB2013KUL.
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