Infosec Sheepdogs: Creating an Abstraction/Translation Layer Between InfoSec and Law Enforcement

Expo Theatre (Hall G) October 18, 2011 - Feedback     

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Nick Selby

We in information security don’t often call the fuzz when we get hacked. We fear that the cops would a) rush in, shut us down and mill about in the lobby for 15 days in blue windbreakers, drinking coffee and being suspicious, or b) not understand the nature or the specifics of the problem and therefore do nothing. From their perspective, the cops look at us as unstable, scary, untrustworthy, poorly-mannered and possibly akin to those identity thieves they’ve heard about. Yet the two groups work, generally, for the same purposes: to keep their constituents safe from criminals and threats. This talk will explore ways that infosec professionals can learn what law enforcement agencies – local, county, state and federal – need to get from us to help us, and ways that we can educate law enforcement on who we are, what we do, and what we can do to help them help us, and help others. It’s a call to action. You in?