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Hacking Under Scanner In IT Security Conference

IT security was the topic of a conference on January 10, 2007 staged by the Urban Planning and Development Authority (UPDA) in unison with the non-profit Open Information Systems Security Group (OISSG) of the UK.

Hosts for the conference that attracted participation of nearly 85 people representing different organizations were the Urban Planning and Development Authority (UPDA) together with the Open Information Systems Group (OISSG).

The session got underway on January 10, 2007, when UPDA public relations director Muhsen al Maliki made the keynote address.

Afterwards Balwant Rathore, OISG president made a presentation on his company, elaborating on the potential of its free and open source research and development initiative to help save numerous organizations.

Rathore, in his second session tackled the threat of an attacker in using search engines to endanger highly sensitive information like user names and passwords, confidential and personal information like credit card details and private reports.

Ali al-Naomi's presentation was third, and explained the position of organizations today in IT security matters. Participants were surveyed on the security standards in Qatar with a free tool from OISSG.

Rathore revealed that this tool determines the position of an organization today in meeting ISO 27001 and ISAAF certification.

In the January 10, 2007 conference, Rathore addressed the media on the increasing ability of attackers to boost the function of their tools and techniques. Individual hacking tools are passé with automated ones exploiting the IT infrastructure framework. The report appeared in Gulf Times on January 11, 2007.

Among the largest of its type, the conference had previous venues in Madrid, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Vancouver, Boston, New York, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Dubai and Muscat.

OISSG Qatar chapter intends similar monthly conferences for greater awareness on IT security.

OISSG is even initiating a local chapter for security enthusiasts to convene and exchange knowledge for free.

Another workshop on IT security by OISSG is scheduled for January 21 to 27, 2007 at Marriott Hotel.

The audience targeted comprises managers and professionals knowledgeable about information security basics and seeking to update skills and knowledge. Among them are IT managers, IT auditors and computer auditors, IT security officers, consultants, security and system administrators and risk analysts.

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» SPAMfighter News - 18-01-2007

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