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Cyber Security Conference: Inside the Hacker's Mind

June 1, 2009

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Associate Professor Sanjay Goel, School of Business

Associate Professor Sanjay Goel's "X-Men: Hacking the Underworld" demonstrations will explore the world of cyber-warfare using open source intelligence techniques and other hacking tools. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

UAlbany School of Business Associate Professor Sanjay Goel understands how hackers function. He uses that knowledge to outsmart them -- helping protect people from the dangers of identity theft and other cyber crimes. One way is through hacking demonstrations, which Goel will conduct at the 12th Annual New York State Cyber Security Conference on June 3-4 at the Empire State Plaza. Goel's "X-Men: Hacking the Underworld" demonstrations will explore the world of cyber-warfare using open source intelligence techniques and other hacking tools.

Recognized as the premier New York State conference on cyber security, this year's event will center around the theme, "Cyber Security on the Move." It is sponsored by UAlbany and the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination (CSCIC).

"The explosion in use of portable devices such as laptops, cell phones, thumb drives and PDAs presents new challenges and risks in the protection of the information contained on these devices," said Goel, Director of Research at the New York State Center for Information Forensics and Assurance. "The mobile capability afforded by these technologies has dissolved the traditional “perimeter” of information security. That perimeter is no longer at the organization level, but rather, rests with each person carrying the devices."

UAlbany Interim President George M. Philip and William F. Pelgrin, Director of CSCIC will provide opening remarks at the conference, which annually attracts expert speakers from government, academia and industry from across the country and world. Participants represent public and private sectors in information technology, research, business, the legal community and others who want to better understand cyber security challenges.

Raphael Perl, head of the Action Against Terrorism Unit, Organization of Security Co-operation in Europe, will provide the keynote address, "Reflections on Emerging Cyber Threats and International Cooperative Responses." Other conference speakers include Phillip Reitinger, Deputy Under Secretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who will highlight cyber security efforts at the national level, focusing on collaboration among all levels of government.

The conference will be held in conjunction with the 4th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance.

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