Are you planning to attend any security conferences in 2003? Many are already scheduled, and now is the time to put them on your calendar. This week, I present six conferences that you might want to consider attending. They're listed below in chronological order.

BlackHat Windows Security 2003 Briefings and Training,
February 24 through 27 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers in Seattle.

The briefings will cover six tracks over 2 days. Subjects include policies, deep knowledge, networking and integration, and application development, as well as Microsoft .NET, Microsoft IIS, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000. Training sessions include exposing Cisco Systems network vulnerabilities, analyzing software for security vulnerabilities, uncovering Web application vulnerabilities, using forensics tools and processes for Windows XP platforms, and securely deploying Microsoft technologies, as well as a National Security Agency (NSA) information security assessment methodology course.

SANS 2003,
March 5 through 12 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego.

The SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security (SANS) Institute's Stephen Northcutt describes the conference as "our largest conference and vendor exhibition of the year." According to Northcutt, "The defensive information community enters 2003 with a wealth of great initiatives: the Gold Standards, the Cyber Defense Initiatives, more hands-on pragmatic advanced technical training and the wide array of new tools." At SANS 2003, many special activities will emphasize ways to fight back against cyber crime and how to use these initiatives to help you secure your organization.

RSA Conference 2003,
April 13 through 17 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The RSA conference has four main components: General Sessions, Expo, Tutorials, and Class Tracks. "The General Sessions bring everyone together for special keynote addresses, expert panels and discussions of general interest. This year's Expo will feature more than 138,000 square feet of exhibit space with more than 200 vendors demonstrating the very latest e-security products. Optional Sunday tutorials and immersion training sessions will provide the basics of e-security technology, enterprise security and security development techniques." The conference's 13 Class Tracks will feature many workshops, seminars, and talks. The 2003 conference offers a catalog of more than 200 classes.

2003 Techno-Security Conference,
April 27 through 30 at the Wyndham Myrtle Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The conference features a "blend of physical and cyber security forums ... the latest in computer forensics and related legal issues affecting federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as the Fortune 500 \[companies\]."

Guidance Software hosts the conference. According to Robert Shields, senior director of marketing at Guidance Software, "Combining both physical and cyber security issues - Techno-Security addresses a common linkage surrounding the use of computer forensics software. With numerous sessions covering issues such as homeland defense, intrusion detection, and evidence management," the conference will serve many computer security experts and investigators.

15th Annual Computer Security Incident Handling Conference,
June 22 through 27 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa.

First.Org sponsors the FIRST Conference, which "focuses on the field of computer security incident handling and response. The presentations are international in scope and include the latest in incident response and prevention, vulnerability analysis, and computer security."

NetSec 2003,
June 23 through 25 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans.

Computer Security Institute's (CSI's) NetSec network security conference is "devoted exclusively to network security." NetSec 2003 will offer more than 85 sessions about subjects such as Internet/intranet, secure ecommerce, VPNs, computer crime, Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, forensic investigation, response teams, cryptography/public key infrastructure (PKI), intrusion detection, Windows NT, privacy, policies, awareness, and remote access. The exhibition will feature more than 70 network security product exhibitors.

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