Randy Marchany, Director of the VA Tech IT Security Testing Lab, a Distinguished Expert on Internet Security, to Speak at GKC’s Cybersecurity Teleconference
The Global Knowledge Congress, the leading producer of regulatory-focused teleconferences has announced today that Randy Marchany, Director of the VA Tech IT Security Testing Lab and a nationally recognized speaker and expert of internet security, will speak at the Global Knowledge Congress’s upcoming teleconference entitled: “Cybersecurity: How To Combat Hackers.” This event is scheduled for the second week or January 2007 at 10:00 AM (EST). (For further details and updated panelists of the eve
As we become more interconnected, network security attacks are at an all time high with new and innovative security threats being developed and executed. Increasingly, the burden of protecting companies from such attacks is falling on the Technology head. The Global Knowledge Congress has assembled a team of experts to help analyze these changes and their impact on the companies servicing this industry. These experts will present their findings, which includes a "best practice" panel, at a comprehensive two-hour teleconference scheduled for January 2007.
About Randy Marchany
Randy Marchany has been involved in the computer industry since 1972. He is currently the director of the VA Tech IT Security Testing Lab, a component of the university's Information Technology Security Office. He is also the Assistant University Information Security Officer for VA Tech. He is the author of VA Tech's Acceptable Use Statement which has become a model for the VA state university system. He has been a frequent speaker at national and international conferences such as SANS, IIA, ISACA, ACUA, Network Security, IEEE Symposium on Systems Management, NIST, US Forest & Wildlife Service, Computer Security Conference, DECUS-Canada, Air Force Material Command, EDUCAUSE and ACUA. He's been the subject of articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education on security issues at university campuses. The SANS Institute has described him as the "best storyteller in the computer security field." He has taught professional development seminars on Unix System Management, Forming Incident Response Teams, Auditing Unix Systems, Auditing Internet Security for various professional groups such as EDUCAUSE, ACUA, ISACA, IIA, Ernst & Young and the SANS Institute.
He is a co-author of the FBI/SANS Institute's "Top 10/20 Internet Security Vulnerabilities" document that has become a standard for most computer security and auditing software. He is the co-author of the SANS Institute's "Responding to Distributed Denial of Service Attacks" document that was prepared at the request of the White House in response to the DDOS attacks of 2000. He is a co-author of the SANS Institute's "Computer Security- Incident Handling - Step by Step" which has been recognized as one of the foremost publications on Incident Response. He has been a member of the SANS Institute's faculty since 1992 and is one of the developers of their GIAC security certification courses. He is a co-author of the EDUCAUSE "Computer and Network Security in Higher Education" booklet. He is a member of the EDUCAUSE security task force.
He is a coauthor of the Center for Internet Security's series of Security Benchmark documents for Solaris, AIX and Windows2000. These benchmarks are available for free and represent the first successful attempt to create a set of consensus documents with detailed steps for security.
He is one of the founders of the Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking (www.vascan.org), a consortium of security practitioners and researchers from VA Tech, U of Virginia, James Madison Univ., George Mason Univ. The alliance provides security education, checklists and support for all state agencies in Virginia.
He was a member of the White House Partnership For Critical Infrastructure Security working group that developed the Consensus Roadmap for responding to the recent series of DDOS Internet Attacks. He was a recipient of the SANS Institute's Security Technology Leadership Award for 2000. He was a recipient of the VA Governor's Technology Silver Award in 2003. He was part of the team that won the EDUCAUSE IT Technology Innovations award in 2005.
About VA Tech
Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college named Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, Virginia Tech is now a comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest full-time student population in Virginia. In 2004, VA Tech built the 3rd fastest computer in the world using ~1100 Macintosh systems. The project was hailed as an innovative method of building powerful supercomputer class systems at a fraction of the cost of previous models. Other facts:
* 25,000+ full-time students
* 16:1 student-faculty ratio
* Main campus includes more than 100 buildings, 2,600 acres, and an airport
* Computing and communications complex for worldwide information access
* Ranked 55th in university research in the United States
* Has adjacent corporate research center
Sponsored the Blacksburg Electronic Village (www.bev.net), which wired the Town of Blacksburg, VA to the Internet in the early 1990's. For more information about Randy Marchany and his organization, please visit: http://www.vt.edu
About The Global Knowledge Congress
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