FIRSTCON Podcast 2009

In this at-the-conference interview, Sherri and Jonathan recap their presentation, add insight and talk about their new SANS course being offered. Sherri Davidoff is a longtime information security consultant specializing in forensics, penetration testing and incident response. Jonathan Ham is an independent consultant who specializes in large-scale enterprise security issues.

As a principal consultant for Spinlock Technologies LLC, Kurt Sauer works with researchers from Kyushu University and the National University of Singapore to analyze security vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure components, currently focusing on power and communications systems in Asia. Kurt joins the FIRST Steering Committee as a newly elected member.

Toby is VP of Product Development, Managed Security Solutions Group (MSSG) at BT. Toby is BT MSSG's longest-serving employee and was one of the founding members of Counterpane (aquired by BT in late 2006) in the summer of 1999. Toby's involvement in the cyber security field began in 1995 with his initial work in cryptography and security policy, and he has been involved in a number of technical and strategic roles since then. Toby is a named inventor for five patents, and holds a BA cum laude in engineering ethics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

At the conference interview with Peter Allor. As member of the FIRST Steering Committee, Pete's primary role is Conference Liaison. As Conference Liaison, Pete manages all aspects of the conference from assisting the program chair with the program to working with the event staff.

Slawomir "Slawek" Ligier is Vice President of Identity and Authentication Serviecs Engineering at VeriSign. Slawek oversees an effort to develop multiple layers of internet security, including Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificates, Second Factor Authentication, and Fraud Detection Service. Slawek is presenting "On-Line Fraud Prevention and Detection-Multiple Layers of Security" on Monday, June 29th at 16:00.

Jeff Crume is an Executive IT Security Architect for IBM Tivoli Compliance Solutions with over 25 years experience in the IT industry. He is also the author of "Inside Internet Security: What Hackers Don't Want You To Know" and will be presenting "What Hackers Don't Want You To Know" at the 2009 conference.

Episode 3 features Gib Sorebo of SAIC. Gib Sorebo is Chief Security Engineer and Assistant Vice President for Technology for SAIC where he assists government and private sector organizations in complying with legal and regulatory requirements related to information security and privacy. Gib leads the SAIC-IRT and is also presenting at this year's conference.

The first FIRST podcast is an interview with Mick Creane who is the 2009 FIRST Conference Program Chair. Mick's job has been to organize the conference overall and find interesting people to come speak at the event. He gives us a litttle background into why this year's topic is "Aftermath: crafts and lessons of incident recovery". Many of us think of 'incident response' as a computer security issue, but as Mick points out in the podcast, it's at least as much about the physical recovery after an incident as it is the virtual recovery. He also talks about some of the folks who'll be speaking and why it's so important that an event like this continues to be international, not just US or north american.