15 Dec 2008 00:01
Congressmen address cybercrime at SC’s first US expo
Some of the SC World Congress team
Two of the US Congressmen advising Barack Obama on cybersecurity spoke
at the first SC World Congress in New York, despite pressure for them
to return to Washington DC for the vote on the now failed bail-out plan
for America’s car industry.
Democrat Congressman Jim Langevin and Republican Congressman Michael
McCaul joined two other members of the US Government Commission on
Cybersecurity to hold a panel session – the highlight of the first exhibition and conference from IT security title SC Magazine US.
The Commission was formed to prepare a report for the incoming 44th
President that gives detailed advice on strategies to combat the
growing threat of cyber-attack. The report was released the day before SC’s two-day Congress began on Tuesday, December 9.
Tony Keefe, development director for SC Magazine US,
said the panel was “the first opportunity the public had had to hear
directly from the report’s authors about the Commission’s
recommendations and conclusions and to ask questions about the report.”
“This was a tremendous coup for us and a reflection of the level of
credibility that we had built for the event in its first year,” he
Keefe said that the Congress was set apart from competitors by its
speakers – high-level security practitioners from the FBI, Barclays
bank, Scotland Yard, Interpol, eBay and the New York Museum of Modern
Art among others.
And while deteriorating economic conditions inevitably affected
attendance to the two-day exhibition, feedback was “incredibly
positive” according to Keefe. One of the 55 exhibitors said: “People
are not here to collect pens, they are here to discuss real business.”