Friday, October 29, 2010

HTCIA Atlantic Canada Chapter Conference 2010 wrap-up

Last week I attended the High Technology Criminal Investigation Association Atlantic Canada Chapter conference for 2010 here in St John's. The conference was widely attended by representatives from the local telco, government agencies, the RNC, RCMP, and private industry.

The keynote addresses this year were particularly interesting. Richard McDonald, from IBM, talked about Cloud Computing ("Safe and Secure?"). Earle Crane, from the Department of Homeland Security, discussed security and advanced persistent threats. Jim Robbins, President of EWA Canada, discussed trusting the code in the software and devices we purchase. And finally, John Weight, Microsoft, discussed building confidence in the Cloud.

The conference provided several streams of talks, including discussions of Privacy, Cloud Computing, Threat & Risk Management, and Law Enforcement/Forensics. I attempted to sit in on as many different streams as I could but such is the nature of these kinds of gatherings - you can only absorb a small fraction of the talks.

If you missed the conference, and are in the St John's area, you may be interested in a security related seminar next month at Memorial University. Sgt. Jacques Boucher will be presenting "The Internet Made Me Do It" at the Department of Computer Science, Memorial University (Room EN-1052 @ 2pm) on November 22, 2010. Please see the linked page for the talk's abstract.

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