A hospital lost $600,000 to online bank thieves when one its employees clicked on a link in an email supposedly announcing her high school reunion.
A leading cyber security firm lost the keys protecting its customers most sensitive information one of its employees opened an Excel spreadsheet attached to an email. The attachment was titled “Next Year Hiring Plans.”
Cyberthieves plant malware on unprotected web sites; malware designed to infect the too-often unpatched computers of visitors to the web site.
Hacktivist groups like Anonymous seems to be able to bring down web sites whenever they want: Sony, FBI, Department of Justice, the U.S. Senate, MPAA … the list seems endless.
It’s become obvious that we are losing the battle, that right now, in this moment of history, it’s the cyber criminals who are winning. Now, more than ever, we need the Information Security Village that my colleagues and I first described nearly five years ago in the ISSA Journal and that I wrote about more recently in the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Three years ago, ISSA-LA — the Los Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association — adopted the motto It takes the village to secure the village SM — a reflection of the Chapter’s commitment to creating the information security village in the Los Angeles Community.
On May 16, ISSA-LA holds its Fourth Annual Information Security Summit. The Summit is the only educational forum in Los Angeles specifically designed to encourage participation and interaction among all three vital information security constituencies:
- Business executives, senior business managers, and their trusted advisors
- Technical IT personnel with responsibility for information systems and the data they contain
- Information security practitioners with responsibility for ensuring the security of sensitive information.
The Information Security Summit is a key pillar of ISSA-LA’s Community Outreach Program, designed to provide information security knowledge and education to the 300,000 businesses, not-for-profit and government agencies in the 18th largest economy in the world. The goal of the program is to help our community stay safe from cybercrime by enabling the necessary collaboration between business and community leaders, technical IT professionals and the information security community.
It’s been my privilege to be President of ISSA-LA during the development of the Chapter’s Community Outreach Program. I invite you to be part of this year’s Summit, to join the village. More information for attendees and sponsors is available at the Chapter’s newly redesigned web site.