Security Summit Features Atlanta Security Industry

January 18, 2005

Leading Internet and Security Industry Executives and Commissioner of Federal Trade Commission Address Cyber Security Issues

Atlanta (January 19, 2005) — With spam now comprising two-thirds of all e-mail traffic around the world and the increasing threat of spyware and phishing, information security becomes more important to the global economy and to individual users every day. To examine these issues more closely, the Georgia Tech Information Security Center held its first GTISC Security Summit on Tuesday, January 18 at the Global Learning & Conference Center on the Georgia Tech campus.

Experts from the Federal Trade Commission and leading security and Internet organizations including CipherTrust, EarthLink (Nasdaq: ELNK), Internet Security Systems (Nasdaq: ISSX), RSA Security (Nasdaq: RSAS) and the Georgia Tech College of Computing gathered to discuss current security issues. The Summit also showcased Atlanta’s increasingly important role as a center of the security industry.

Orson Swindle, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, gave the keynote address entitled, “The Road to Regulation: Do You Really Want to Go There?” Swindle was sworn in as a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission in 1997, and he was appointed in 2001 as head of the U.S. Delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Experts Group to review the 1992 OECD Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems.

Following Swindle’s keynote address, a panel discussion by leading security experts outlined the latest security issues facing the industry from their different perspectives as Internet service providers, information security firms, researchers and educators.

Panelists included:
    • Garry Betty, president and chief executive officer, EarthLink (http://www.earthlink.net)
    • Richard DeMillo, the John P. Imlay dean and distinguished professor of computing, Georgia Tech (http://www.coc.gatech.edu)
    • Paul Judge, chief technology officer, CipherTrust (http://www.ciphertrust.com)
    • Arthur W. Coviello, Jr., president and chief executive officer, RSA Security
    (http://www.rsasecurity.com)
    • Christopher Rouland, chief technology officer, Internet Security Systems (http://www.iss.net)

The panel was moderated by Doug Isenberg, editor and publisher, GigaLaw.com and attorney practicing technology and Internet legal issues with Needle & Rosenberg, P.C.

More details about the Security Summit and participants are available at http://gtisc.gatech.edu.

About GTISC
The Georgia Tech Information Security Center, a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education, conducts interdisciplinary research and development on all aspects of information security, including systems-vulnerability assessment, usable security, and public and organizational security policies. GTISC’s three-pronged mission includes: conducting research that will lay the foundations for a discipline of information security and that contributes to the development and testing of systems, devices, strategies, policies, practical concepts, and techniques; educating and training information security professionals through degree and continuing-education programs, and to insure that information security awareness is instilled in all Georgia Tech students; and assisting industry, non-profit organizations, government, and individuals to solve information security problems through outreach programs and support of groups devoted to information security.

The interdisciplinary center is housed in the College of Computing and involves faculty from Computing, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, and the School of Public Policy.

Related Link: Georgia Tech Information Security Center

For more information, contact:
Joy Weaks, 404-932-1254
College of Computing
joyweaks [at] cc [dot] gatech [dot] edu