APWG Cybercrime Fighters, University Researchers and ICANN Unite to Set Global Cybercrime Fighting Agenda

APWG logo[news release] The Anti-Phishing Working Group’s Fall conference week in Puerto Rico this October will unite industrial and police cybercrime investigators, university researchers and security experts with ICANN in an unprecedented alignment of global thought-leaders and cybercrime responders.

“We witness in this fall’s conference an even deeper coordination of cybercrime investigators and managers, infrastructure management authorities, pioneering researchers from industry, academia and government, all finding common purpose in bringing cybercrime under control as a predictable, and manageable, threat.”

APWG Secretary General Peter Cassidy said, “We witness in this fall’s conference an even deeper coordination of cybercrime investigators and managers, infrastructure management authorities, pioneering researchers from industry, academia and government, all finding common purpose in bringing cybercrime under control as a predictable, and manageable, threat.”

The conference week programming will include the APWG’s own Members Meeting on Oct. 22 covering trends in cybercrime and remedial approaches for countering them; the eCrime Researchers Summit (eCRS) on Oct 23 and 24 to present the latest in university and industry-based research in cybercrime forensics and containment; and participants in ICANN’s DNS Security, Stability and Resiliency Symposium on October 25 will consider DNS abuse and other operational matters.

“Domain Name System Security is an important component in the ecrime toolkit,” said Dave Piscitello, Senior Security Technologist at ICANN. “eCrime 2012 offers a unique opportunity to bring security, law enforcement, and DNS operations communities together to consider how to improve detection of and mitigate DNS abuse.”

Presentations for the General Members Meeting and eCrime Researchers Summit will come from APWG members, experts from industry, government, law enforcement and academic and industrial research centers. eCRS presenters come largely from academic institutions, thought the review panel is a mix of cybercrime experts from industry, academia and the NGO sector. eCRS covers technology, forensic approaches as well as behavioural and sociological aspects in its research purview.

The working agenda for the four full days of conference week programming is here: apwg.org/events/2012_ecrime.html#agenda

The APWG IEEE eCrime Fighter Scholarship Program will help subsidize the travel of researchers whose papers have been accepted by the eCRS review committee. The top three scoring papers will be awarded cash prizes of $1500, $1000 and $500 respectively. Full paper and Research-in-Progress submissions are due August 10, 2012 and notifications will be announced on September 3. The eCRS CFP can be found here: www.ecrimeresearch.org/2012/cfp.html

About the APWG

The APWG, founded in 2003 as the Anti-Phishing Working Group, is the global industry, law enforcement, and government coalition focused on unifying the global response to electronic crime. Membership is open to qualified financial institutions, online retailers, ISPs and Telcos, the law enforcement community, solutions providers, multi-lateral treaty organizations, research centers, trade associations and government agencies. There are more than 2,000 companies, government agencies and NGOs participating in the APWG worldwide. The APWG’s www.apwg.org and education.apwg.org websites offer the public, industry and government agencies practical information about phishing and electronically mediated fraud as well as pointers to pragmatic technical solutions that provide immediate protection. The APWG is co-founder and co-manager of the Stop. Think. Connect. Messaging Convention, the global online safety public awareness collaborative www.stopthinkconnect.organd founder/curator of the eCrime Researchers Summit, the world’s only peer-reviewed conference dedicated exclusively to electronic crime studies www.ecrimeresearch.org.

Among APWG’s corporate sponsors are as follows: Afilias Ltd., AhnLab, AT&T, Avast!, AVG Technologies, BBN Technologies, Barracuda Networks, BillMeLater, Bkav, Booz Allen Hamilton, Blue Coat, BrandMail, BrandProtect, Bsecure Technologies, Check Point Software Technologies, Comcast, CSIRTBANELCO, Cyber Defender, Cyveillance, Domain Tools, Easy Solutions, eBay/PayPal, eCert, EC Cert, ESET, EST Soft, Facebook, Fortinet, FraudWatch International, F-Secure, GlobalSign, GoDaddy, Google, GroupIB, Hauri, Hitachi Systems, Ltd., Huawei Symantec, ICANN, Iconix, IID, IronPort, ING Bank, Intuit, IT Matrix, Kindsight, LaCaixa, Lenos Software, MailShell, MarkMonitor, M86Security, McAfee, Melbourne IT, MessageLevel, Microsoft, MicroWorld, Mirapoint, MyPW, nProtect Online Security, Netcraft, Network Solutions, NeuStar, Nominet, Nominum, Public Interest Registry, Panda Software, Phishlabs, Phishme.com, Phorm, Planty.net, Prevx, Proofpoint, QinetiQ, Return Path, RSA Security, RuleSpace, SAIC (From Science to Solutions), SalesForce, SecureBrain, S21sec, SIDN, SoftForum, SoftLayer, SoftSecurity, SOPHOS, SunTrust, SurfControl, Symantec, Tagged, TDS Telecom, Telefonica, TransCreditBank, Trend Micro, Vasco, VeriSign, Websense Inc., Wombat Security Technologies, Yahoo!, zvelo and ZYNGA.