Security SIG: The Increasing Importance of the Insider Threat




    Topic: "Understanding the Insider Threat in Information Technology" 

    CxOs bound for prison due to negligence in managing information?

    Companies wiping out profits because of carelessness, or wanton

    disregard for keeping the data that they hold safe? CIOs losing sleep

    because they have to write letters to customers about a "possible breach

    of security"? Welcome to the 2000s!

    While millions have been spent on fortifying data centers and computer

    networks to guard against hackers, malware and illicit access, the

    threat of the employee with regular access actually offers the most

    clear and present danger. This presentation will highlight research

    illustrating the depth of the problem of insider breach and compromise

    of information, the particular challenges this presents to security

    officers and potential strategies to solve the issue.


    Eric L. Vaughan is president and CEO of illustro Systems International,

    LLC (, a software company specializing in Internet-enabling

    technologies and security solutions primarily for the mainframe

    industry. Eric has over 27 years as an entrepreneur in the technology

    industry, founding 3 companies each of which have developed

    ground-breaking technologies for their target industries. Eric is a

    columnist and frequent contributor to industry publications and guest

    speaker at conferences and seminars worldwide.

    Topic 2:  Latest Threats and Protection 


    Gil Spencer is Chief Technology Officer and CoFounder at

    IronKey.  IronKey builds hardware encrypted flash drives and offers

    enterprise and identity management services.  IronKey was founded with

    a grant from DHS to build a secure computing platform, and IronKey has

    applied much of this technology to the flash drive space.  Gil has

    created innovative products at companies such as Portal Player (chips

    for the ipod), Genesis Microchip (HDTV / SetTopBoxes), VMLabs (DVD +

    Game Players), and Apple Computer (Core OS and Quicktime).


    Cubberley Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1
    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza
    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion

    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    No registration required