While people around the world are waking up to the news that still another widespread breech of personal information has occurred, 5,500 of the top industry experts, 180 researchers, and 150 security companies have gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada, for an annual conference on how to stop these attacks that are costing businesses $3.5 billion per attack.
Among the presentations at this conference is one where industry experts will be shown how several planes can be hijacked without a hijacker on board. In this case, the hijacker simply takes over control of the Internet that controls satellite information for the planes.
Another presentation at the conference will show the problem that people with new ideas have moving their products to market. The average time is six years from the start of an idea to the time that companies or consumers can purchase it.
In another presentation, the experts will be shown how two people working for about three weeks worked out a system where every phone in a country could ring at two-minute intervals. Attackers can then use the system to detonate bombs at multiple locations.
Guests may also attend a presentation on security breaches for Android phone users. Participants will see how the apps collect information on where the user is located, how they gain access to the user’s address book and their calendar, and how attackers can use that information to make purchases. According to research, most apps that are downloaded for the phone have at least one vulnerability rather the user pays for the app or not.
Another presentation will show users of cloud storage how hackers can mine the information that they are storing in the clouds. Attackers can then use the information to produce location specific information. During the presentation, the security experts will learn how to stop these attacks and recognize when one occurs.
While the majority of the focus will be on stopping cyber-attacks, attendees can also learn about home security. For example, a presentation will show participants how an average home-security system can be stopped with a piece of plastic and a matt board.
The conference started on August 2, 2014 and will continue through August 7. It is being held at Caesars Palace. In addition to the presentations, those attending the conference will also be able to visit with 147 different vendors in the exhibit hall. In a twist of fate, those attending the conference are warned to carefully protect all their personal information carefully, even changing passwords and user names after the conference, because hackers may be in attendance.