Press Release

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

Panel members to discuss recent hacks on HBGary Federal, Sony and debate ways to combat chaotic actors like Anonymous and LulzSec

WHAT: 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 DEFCON 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 including Joshua Corman, formerly of The 451 Group, Jericho of Attrition.org and a surprise guest.

The attacks on 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 that 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 hacktivist 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.

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

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

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