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A Business Forum Round Table Luncheon
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California

Information Security
With Experts provided by:  Cisco Systems, Inc.

Those accepting our invitation to attend included:  AeroSpace Corporation - Principal Director Security & Safety * Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Associate Director * California State University, Los Angeles - Professor of Information Systems * Fashion Institute of Design and Management - Chief Information Officer * Infonet Corporation - Security Consulting Engineer * Infonet Corporation � Director, Information Security Officer International Field Works, Inc. - CEO * Los Angeles County Health Services - Network Security Engineer * Los Angeles County Health Services - Systems Analyst * Los Angeles County U.S.C. Medical Center - Chief Information Security Officer * Los Angeles County U.S.C. Medical Center - Information Security Officer Manufacture's Bank - Vice President and Information Security Officer * Paramount Pictures Corporation Director Information Systems Operations * Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP - Systems Analyst Raleigh Enterprises Corporation - Vice President of Human Resources * Singer, Lewak, Greenbaum & Goldstein, LLP - Information Technology Director * Verisign Corporation - Security Manager * Walt Disney Studios - Information Technology Director * Z Engineering, Inc. - General Manager

Contact for further Information:

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Kevin Flynn
Senior Security Manager

[email protected]

For the benefit of those of our members and supporters who could not
attend the meeting we present the following white papers, with contacts

Cisco Threat Defense System Guide
How to Provide Effective Worm Mitigation

Contributed by Cisco Systems, Inc.

The network today is a critical business asset. It not only allows the smooth running of business applications, it also enables the easy delivery of data, voice, and video. As a result, companies are increasingly concerned with keeping their network running and applications online while protecting one of their most critical assets — their information. In order to protect your business, you need to protect your network.  In recent years, not only has the number of network and computer attacks been on the rise, but also the level of complexity and sophistication with which they strike. The most commonplace and perhaps most damaging of these attacks are called “worms.”

Building a Self-Defending Network

Contributed by Cisco Systems, Inc.

Increasingly, mission-critical business applications and services are deployed on open networks with substantial connections to the public Internet. Without appropriate security policies, processes, and products, Internet connectivity can compromise the very gains in productivity that help make today’s companies more profitable and that enable them to serve a larger and more diverse customer base.  Security enables enterprises to confidently extend the network to customers, partners, and remote/mobile employees, thus increasing revenues sources, efficiency of business processes and employee productivity.  In some industries, data privacy and the threat of litigation has become a government mandate. U.S. healthcare providers must comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), U.S. financial services providers are governed by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and U.K. companies must adhere to the Turnbull Report on Internal Control for public companies, as well as the Data Protection Act of 1995.  

Technology Best Practices for Endpoint Security

Contributed by Cisco Systems, Inc.

As technologies such as high-speed networks, switching, and end-to-end encryption are more widely adopted, providing desired security at the network level becomes a major challenge. One important place to enforce security is at the endpoint, where data resides and the potential for damage is greatest. Today, businesses are confronted with the availability of several point products, each attempting to solve a part of the endpoint security problem. These include distributed personal firewalls for protection against network-borne threats, antivirus scanners for detection of file-based threats, and audit or integrity products for detection of malicious configuration activity. These technologies do not address new attacks that are carried over existing protocols to attack applications, or new content-based attacks that attack systems before vendors are able to release and distribute signatures and other responses. This document outlines the technology best practices for endpoint security solutions, to help organizations make informed decisions when choosing endpoint security products.

Network Admission Control

Contributed by Cisco Systems, Inc.

Network Admission Control (NAC), an industry initiative sponsored by Cisco Systems, uses the network infrastructure to enforce security policy compliance on all devices seeking to access network computing resources, thereby limiting damage from viruses and worms. Using NAC, organizations can provide network access to endpoint devices such as PCs, PDAs, and servers that are verified to be fully compliant with established security policy. NAC can also identify noncompliant devices and deny them access, place them in a quarantined area, or give them restricted access to computing resources. NAC is part of the Cisco Self-Defending Network. Its goal is to create greater intelligence in the network to automatically identify, prevent, and adapt to security threats.

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