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Join The Register at Enigma, USENIX’s new security conference

Deciphering the Underground, one paper at a time

Promo "It's time for the security community to take a step back and get a fresh perspective on threat assessment and attacks.” So say the organisers of Enigma, a new conference designed for IT security professionals in industry and research.

That works for The Register, which is covering the three-day conference held in San Francisco, January 25-27. You can find the Enigma registration details here.

But let us tell you why we are attending:

Enigma is the brainchild of USENIX, so that is an immediate plus. And the association has scheduled a seriously interesting conference, devised by a stellar cast of security researchers on the Enigma program committee – including co-chairs Parisa Tabriz, Google’s very own “Security Princess”, and Professor David Brumley, CMU. David is the director of Cylab, the Carnegie Mellon Security and Privacy Institute, an academic organization that weds academic and industry research.

The theme this year is "Deciphering The Underground" and the conference covers a broad range of topics within the technical landscape of security and privacy, including election security, the Internet of Things and cybercrime.

Speakers include:

  • Teddy Reed, a security engineer at Facebook, who explores “Defending, Detecting and Responding to Hardware and Firmware Attacks.”
  • Professor Avi Rubin, John Hopkins University. His talk is entitled "Hacking Health: Security in Healthcare IT Systems".
  • Benjamin Brown, of Akamai Technologies, who will discuss the lifecycle of a financially motivated cybercrime. Understanding this is an important part of successfully and efficiently defending against them, he says.

There is much, much more – you can check out the entire Deciphering the Underground program via USENIX’s website.

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