Cyber Security Industry Alliance Newsletter • Volume 1, Number 10 • June 2005

Upcoming Events

Common Criteria Users' Forum II on July 14

Governments around the world have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the development of the Common Criteria. Common Criteria product certifications are recognized in 21 countries, required for use by the US government in some systems, and are beginning to be examined by private industry. While some perceive the Common Criteria as inefficient and costly, others believe that Common Criteria is the best bet for helping the IT industry improve the security of products and for providing customers worldwide with assurance that products are secure.

The first Common Criteria Users' Forum (CCUF) took place on October 6-7, 2004. At this event, vendors, evaluators, and representatives from government agencies shared their views on the Common Criteria and NIAP evaluation process. Two workshops identified the need to investigate the value of independent, third party, internationally-recognized security evaluations to the commercial marketplace as a means of demonstrably improving product security and providing commercial buyers with some level of assurance. 

This year's Common Criteria Users Forum, to be held on July 14 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, will seek to achieve consensus on whether the Common Criteria can and should endeavor to meet the needs of commercial customers.

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Common Criteria Users' Forum II

Willard Hotel, Washington, DC

The Common Criteria Users' Forum II is intended to foster open discussion about Common Criteria issues and potential resolutions focused on the needs of commercial customers.

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Black Hat USA 2005

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV

Founded in 1997, Black Hat has quickly become the premier event for network security professionals to bring to light and discuss the many challenges of this industry. This year, CSIA is one of the supporting associations for the show.

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IT Security World 2005

San Francisco, CA

This conference tackles the full spectrum of security challenges and offers 30 focused, technical sessions. GovernmentSec, HealthSec, FinSec, and LegalSec are specific industry events held concurrently with IT Security World. CSIA Executive Director Paul Kurtz will be keynoting this conference on September 29th at 9 am. He will be presenting on “The Realities of Physical and Cyber Terrorism.”



RSA Europe

Vienna, Austria

The 6th annual RSA Conference, Europe, is the most comprehensive event created for information security professionals in Europe — it delivers more real-world learning and networking opportunities for both business and technical professionals than any other security gathering. CSIA Executive Director Paul Kurtz will be presenting on October 19th at 9:45 am on global compliance issues.