Photo - Hacker Halted event in Malaysia
Training agency EC-Council Academy hosted its ninth annual Hacker Halted regional event in Malaysia recently.
"The Hacker Halted APAC series has been a leading and constant source of information for the regional information security community," said EC-Council Academy managing director, Wilson Wong. "The event has been addressing up-to-date and edgy hacker technology and strategies since 2004."
More than 400 regional information security professionals are gathered at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel for this year's event. The theme for Hacker Halted APAC 2012 is "Unravelling the Enigma of Insecurity", focuses on security issues related to the transition of desktops to mobile devices, cloud computing, and current hacking technologies," said Wong.
He said that information security and cyber crimes have remained high on the threat list for organisations, government bodies and consumers. "While cyber security awareness has increased, according to Wong, the lack of informed action and strategies has created a large gap open to risks and attacks. A recent survey by Hewlett Packard and the Ponemon Institute shows that there has been a 42 percent increase of cyber attacks in 2012 compared to 2011."
Cyber crimes have reached a new level of sophistication, according to an ethical hacking whitepaper by Frost & Sullivan, said Wong. "There's no doubt that every organisation and Internet user will be direct or indirect victims of cyber crime and cyber attacks in the near future. Our aim here is to level the playing field so that the good guys will be able to stay ahead of cyber criminals."
He added that it was important of have an aggressive defence systems and contingency plans to overcome an attack. "Hacker Halted APAC 2012 featured live hacking and defence sessions throughout the event. A series of technical focused hacker combat workshops featured latest network penetration techniques, cyber warfare and mobile devices security during the four-day event."
Hacker Halted APAC 2012 was endorsed by the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).
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