McKenna to talk about cyber protections

Jessica M. Karmasek Jan. 28, 2011, 11:41am


SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna will be one of the keynote speakers during the February meeting of the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group.

David Vladeck, head of the U.S. Bureau of Consumer Protection, also will address the group, along with McKenna, who is the incoming president of the National Association of Attorneys General.

MAAWG's 21st meeting, set for Feb. 21-24 in Orlando, Fla., will focus on protecting consumers in an evolving cyber future. The multi-track event will explore the latest strategies to thwart spam and online threats in sessions organized around global public policy, technology updates, collaboration, industry training and best practices development.

Other speakers include U.S. Internet Service Provider Association Executive Director Kate Dean on upcoming cybersecurity legislation, and experts discussing European and Canadian legislation and public policy developments.

Panels will feature researchers on current botnet assessments and the latest spam metrics. Specialists will address social abuse, mobile anti-abuse techniques, IPv6, assisting phished users, authentication and blocklists. MAAWG also will be working with network operators at the meeting to begin compiling the industry's first report of bot metrics generated directly from ISPs.

In addition to several technical training sessions, professional courses will cover mobile architecture and abuse scenarios, spam traps and honeypots, implementing DNSSec, and crimeware attribution.

McKenna, for his part, will discuss the measures he's taken to protect consumers in cyberspace.

The attorney general has received several awards for his online safety work, was named in 2008 as one of the most influential people in the security industry, and has been an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership since 2006.

MAAWG holds three meetings each year, including a European meeting that will be in Paris in October.

"With online messaging expanding into social media, mobile and other platforms, MAAWG members are working extremely hard to protect consumers," MAAWG Chairman Michael O'Reirdan said in a statement.

"These meetings are a unique opportunity to collaborate with industry colleagues from around the world. International cooperation is the only way to address this international problem."

MAAWG, which is headquartered in San Francisco, represents more than 1 billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators worldwide. It is the only organization addressing messaging abuse holistically by systematically engaging all aspects of the problem, including technology, industry collaboration and public policy, according to its website.

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