What happens when you bring together some of the nation’s leading hackers, the Pentagon’s chief of training and an Air Force Academy professor who teaches cyber skills to cadets? They all agree on one thing: The government’s approach to cyber security is coming up short.
But despite the fact that attendees know they should take precautions to protect their data, federal agents at the conference got a scare on Friday when they were told they might have been caught in the sights of an RFID reader.
They don't expect companies to start projecting their own Wall of Sheep displays in their lobbies, but they say the network analysis tools they've developed could be helpful when aimed at corporate networks. "We can go into a company if they need help with a security awareness program," Markus said. "There are an amazing amount of things that we could see by watching the traffic go by."
As a result of Thursday night's events, I think I know my security colleagues a little better, and that's a good thing. They're good, hard-working reporters. But in the future, if anyone I don't know joins me at a press table, I'm going to interrogate them, and a few others have told me they will as well, and that's a bad thing.
"We've had some heavily credentialed people with every certificate you can imagine go up on the wall," said Brian Markus, president of Aries Security, the company that sponsors the Wall of Sheep. "The best of the best are at this conference, so if they're getting hit, what's happening to the average users?"