Events to Attend While at Black Hat USA 2011

Sun, Jul 31, 2011

There are usually a lot of events scheduled the week of the Black Hat conference. I’ll be attending some of these events, and I encourage you to attend some as well. This is a list of after parties and Black Hat sponsored special events that will keep you busy all week.

FOSE 2011 Government IT Conference – My Thoughts

Tue, Jul 26, 2011

I attended the 2011 FOSE Conference and Exposition. FOSE is a government Information Technology event hosted in DC every year that features IT products and services, and provides education on the latest IT trends. FOSE brings together federal, state, and local governments with industry partners to share experiences and evaluate new solutions.

FOSE offers a free exposition, as well as a paid conference portion. At the free expo there were over 250 vendors demonstrating their latest products and services. In addition to the vendor exposition, the conference portion also included educational tracks and conference-only keynotes.

Why Antivirus Isn’t Enough

Mon, Jul 18, 2011

I have come to realize recently that almost all computer security products (including antivirus) are what I call “filter-based”. The problem though is that when (not if) the filter is wrong, the user’s security is compromised.

A filter-based security product is any security product which roots its security in the premise that it can filter all the bad things that might happen away from the non-bad things. So for anything that a user tries to do, the security product first attempts to decide if that thing is bad. If it’s bad, the product will stop that thing from happening. Thus, the effectiveness of the product is totally dependent on the accuracy of the filter.

Light Point Web 1.0 Officially Released

Thu, Jul 7, 2011

Light Point Security has released Light Point Web 1.0. Light Point Web gives users safe browsing, private browsing and anonymous browsing. No other product on the market can protect a user from web-based malware as thoroughly as Light Point Web.

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