Russian-American Conference on Secure Computing

On June 22, 2004, I had the distinct pleasure of travelling to Moscow to attend and present at the Russian-American Conference on Secure Computing. This conference was sponsored by Sun Microsystems and its Russian partner, Swemel and was held at the Marriott Royal Aurora hotel.

This event focused on a wide array of information security topics and issues facing Russian government and commercial organizations today. The conference was a day long and featured a general session as well as a technical and business track. The event was well attended by leaders of the Russian security council, State Duma, Federation Council, FSB, and many other government organizations and ministries.

My talk provided a technical overview of the Solaris Security Toolkit including its origins, design philosophy as well as practical usage. In addition, a number of other Sun speakers presented during the event including:

  • John Gage, Chief Researcher and Vice President of Sun's Science Office
  • Dr. Whitfield Diffie, Sun Fellow, VP and Chief Security Officer
  • Jean-Paul Bergmans, GSO Country Manager, CIS
  • Michael Pratt, SunPS Country Manager, CIS
  • Evtim Batchev, SunPS Senior Security Architect, Portugal
  • Benjamin Baer, Group Product Marketing Manager, Desktop Solutions

This conference was a continuation of the work completed earlier this year by both Sun and Swemel resulting in the certification of Solaris 9 by the Russian Federal Security Service opening the way for Solaris to be used for certain types of government and classified processing.

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