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EC-Council Discusses the Effects of Equipment-Based Security Mentality at the Largest e-Learning Conference for Corporate, Education and Public Service Sectors

12-09-2009 02:41 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

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The President of EC-Council delivered an enlightening presentation on the security risks faced by corporations at the Online Educa Berlin, the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sectors.

Berlin (Germany), December 2, 2009 – Jay Bavisi, President and Co-founder of EC Council, presented “Defenceless Defence against Corporate Breaches” at the Security and Defence Learning, held in conjunction with Online Educa Berlin.

The presentation highlighted the risks and impact of Equipment-Based Security Mentality (EBSM) has on today’s information security landscape. Many organizations depend solely on security vendors and tend to over-complicated their networks with multiple security solutions without evaluating real needs. They tend to measure the security posture of their company based on the amount of investment they make on appliances, a mentality that Jay defines as EBSM.

As such, corporations operating with EBSM are at a much higher risk of encountering security breaches due to human errors. Even the simplest mistake committed by an administrator or user of a network presents an opportunity for a breach or compromise to occur.

Said Jay, “Hackers have grown to become more intelligent. They are able to exploit on the slightest mistakes made by users of a network and latch on any semblance of vulnerability to trespass into a ‘defenceless defence’. In any case, once this simple breach occurs, a butterfly effect will follow after when the tiny transgression escalated into something much more severe and this could potentially cripple the entire operation of an organisation”.

Among the dignitaries who sat through the presentation were Peter-Martin Meyer, Director of Swiss Police Institute, John Gretes, Director of Swiss Police College, Rainer Greiger, President of University of Applied Sciences of the Police Brandenburg and Dale L. Sheehan, Director of Police Training and Development Interpol. Other representatives included influential decision makers from Free University Berlin, International Association of Emergency Managers, State Academy and Technical Facility for Fire & Emergency Protection, Berlin University for Professional Studies and ICTS Europe Holding B.V.

“To offset the risks posed by over-reliance on security equipment, it’s important to have a systematic and comprehensive security policy in place, and best practices cultivated among IT users across all levels. The IT infrastructure of any organization has to be tested regularly through penetration testing and updated with improvements learnt from investigations of previous attacks to guarantee its functionality. This ensures that your business will be properly protected in the event of a catastrophe”, Jay added.

About Security and Defence Learning 2009
Security and Defence Learning 2009 is the annual conference at which the words of security and technology-assisted learning meet. The conference, which is held in Berlin every year, brings together key officials, training directors, security planner, academics and suppliers. It has now established a firm reputation both as one of Europe’s leading conferences on technology-assisted learning for security and as an excellent opportunity for informal networking with key-decision-makers. For more information about Security and Defence Learning 2009, please visit the website: http://www.security-defence-learning.com/

About Online Educa Berlin
Online Educa Berlin is the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sectors, is the key annual networking event for the international e-learning and technology-supported learning and training industry, attracting and bringing together experts in the vanguard of technology-enhanced learning from around the world. Participants forge essential cross-industry contacts and partnerships, thereby enhancing their knowledge and expertise. Over 2000 delegates from more than 90 countries and every continent attend the conference to discuss the latest developments in the field. For more information about Online Educa Berlin, please visit the website: http://www.online-educa.com/the-conference

About EC-Council
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and security skills. It is the owner and developer of the world famous Certified Ethical Hacker course, Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator program, License Penetration Tester program and various other programs offered in over 60 countries around the globe. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the US Federal Government via the Montgomery GI Bill, and the US Government National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). For more information about EC-Council, please visit the website: http://www.eccouncil.org

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