Photos from the frontline: AusCERT 2010

Photos from the frontline: AusCERT 2010

Summary: At AusCERT 2010 this week, speakers waxed lyrical on security, talking about everything from cybercriminals purchasing BMWs to the age of Cybergeddon.

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  • (Credit: Munir Kotadia/ZDNet Australia)

    Marcus Ranum, chief of security for Tenable Network Security, opened day two of the AusCERT 2010 conference with a highly amusing presentation titled "Scenes from the 2010 US/China Cyberwar". Ranum is credited with being one of the first innovators and implementers of commercial firewall technology.

  • (Credit: Munir Kotadia/ZDNet Australia)

    It's fairly easy to wonder why, asked Ranum, that everyone is complaining about Chinese cyber attacks. "If you look at the vast majority of the commercial hacking activity, it is coming from the US. If you were a rationalist, you would be wondering why isn't the whole world complaining about us [the USA], not the other way around," he told delegates.

  • (Credit: Munir Kotadia/ZDNet Australia)

    Marcus said Americans are the "bad-asses" of cyber warfare because of organisations like the SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) institute, which teaches people "how to be a cyber-warrior". He also called the DEFCON conference "a combination of performance art plus computer security".

Topic: Security

Munir Kotadia

About Munir Kotadia

Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.

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