Monday, November 2, 2009

5th Annual IT Security Automation Conference

This last week I attended The 5th Annual IT Security Automation Conference will be held on October 26-29, 2009.

I sat on a couple of panels:
  • OS Vendor Panel with Microsoft and Red Hat
  • Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP - pronounced "ess CAP" )Panel

It was a great conference and below is the framework and the agenda.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Security Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
Public and Private Sector. Executives, Security Managers and staff, Information Technology (IT) professionals, and Developers and Integrators of Software Products and Services.
Conference, Tutorials, and Workshop.
Provide a common understanding for using specific open standards and new security technologies across various domains of interest including Cloud Computing, Health Information Technology (IT)/Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140, and Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) implementations. This conference will also provide tutorials and workshop regarding Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security technologies and initiatives..
  • Cloud Computing (Security and Trust)
  • DoD Data Pilot/Strategy/Architecture
  • Health IT/Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
    ( HIPAA)
  • Crypto/FIPS140
  • Compliance Frameworks/800-53
  • Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP)
In my opinion, the key points from this conference were:
  • This conference is growing at a tremendous rate.
  • SCAP is very real and very important.
  • The quality of the attendees were very impressive.
  • The vendor exhibits were very informative.
  • There is a genuine outreach to vendors from the community and from the vendors to the community.
  • It was great seeing so many long time friends at this conference.
  • The food in Baltimore is always great :-)

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