SOURCE: SANS Institute

September 28, 2007 09:47 ET

SANS Houston Event to Feature "Cyber Issues" FBI Presentation

Up-to-Date Hacker Intrusions, Targets, FBI Investigations and Policy Issues

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - September 28, 2007) - SANS announces that Ajeet Singh, Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Cyber Division, will present a session entitled "Cyber Issues: Internet Threats" on Monday, October 29th in Houston, Texas. The after-hours session is part of the SANS Houston 2007 regional management and security training event that will be held from October 28th - November 3rd at The Westin Galleria Houston.

Enterprises are confronting many new kinds of computer and network attacks and incidents. As a result, cyber crime is a continually evolving threat that is not fully addressed by intrusion detection systems and firewalls. Network administrators and security professionals must also be familiar with socially engineered efforts which exploit established and necessary trust relationships. A common example to be discussed during Special Agent Singh's presentation will be so-called "spear phishing" attacks that go right past most security systems.

Framed by case studies of actual intrusions, the presentation will provide a high-level view of hackers' specific targets, intrusion tools, methodologies, global cyber crime trends, current investigations, and policy issues. Mr. Singh will examine current and past cyber cases, discuss the securing of confidential information, and review current issues faced by businesses in the US and around the world. For more information, visit www.sans.org/info/17126.

The presentation complements a week of security, audit, management, and legal training for information technology (IT) professionals during SANS Houston 2007. Some of its most popular courses include SEC401: Security Essentials, for the language and underlying theory of computer security and critical knowledge required to effectively secure systems and organizations. AUD507: Auditing Networks, Perimeters, and Systems, geared toward audit professionals and security professionals with audit responsibilities, will provide students with a high-level introduction on audit methods and programs, as well as the particulars of how to actually examine devices and IT systems. Students will leave with a hands-on understanding of best audit practices, system analysis, and forensics.

MGT414: SANS® +S™ Training Program for the CISSP® Certification Exam is also being offered. The two most popular and trusted network and information security certifications today are the CISSP (Certified Information System Security professional) from (ISC)²® and the GSEC (GIAC Security Essentials Certification) from the SANS Institute. While there are many CISSP certification exam training courses, few yield the results and success of SANS' teaching. SANS' unique approach has produced over a 98% pass rate. By comparison, the U.S. national average is around 70% for other prep courses.

SANS Houston 2007 will also feature a new course, LEG425: Applying Law to Emerging Dangers. This course will teach students to protect enterprises by applying legal principals to information security. Through intensive case studies on TJX, break-ins, investigations, piracy, extortion, rootkits, phishing, botnets, espionage, and defamation, students will deconstruct how others responded to recent challenges and leave with new skills for addressing incidents in a litigious world.

To learn more about SANS Houston 2007, visit www.sans.org/info/17121.

About SANS. SANS (www.sans.org) was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs reach more than 165,000 security professionals, auditors, system administrators, network administrators, chief information security officers, and CIOs who share the lessons they are learning and jointly find solutions to the challenges they face. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in government agencies, corporations, and universities around the world who invest hundreds of hours each year in research and teaching to help the entire information security community. In 2005, the SANS Technology Institute was created as a degree-granting affiliate to develop the information security technology leaders needed to help strengthen the world-wide defensive information community. The SANS Technology Institute is one of the nation's leading graduate schools devoted to the study of information security.

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), another SANS affiliate, provides IT security professionals with certification in the areas of security administration, management, operations, legal, audit, and software security. GIAC assures and validates that certified individuals have practical awareness, knowledge, and skills in key areas of computer, network, and software security.

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