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By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2007-02-21 Print this article Print

What else? Mandiant Founder Kevin Mandia is going to present on how to survive the grind of ongoing incidents without losing your sanity or your budget. Renowned security researcher Joanna Rutkowska, for her part, is presenting on "Beyond the CPU: Defeating Hardware Based RAM Acquisition Tools."
Rutkowska last year became the Black Hat lightning rod when she demonstrated a prototype of the Blue Pill—an example of "Stealth by Design" malware that uses virutalization/hypervisor techniques to take over a system without leaving any trail whatsoever—i.e., undetectable malware. This Black Hat star will be a big draw for sure.
"Bypassing NAC," presented by Ofir Arkin, CTO of Insightix, is a must-attend to my mind, given the continuing question of the flawed security of NACs (network access controls). Arkin promises to present flaws associated with each and every NAC solution presented. "These flaws allow the complete bypass of each and every network access control mechanism currently offered on the market," his session description reads. Stay tuned: The conference runs Wednesday and Thursday, and well be there reporting on as much of this as we can cram in. See something on the schedule you think is a must-attend? Let me know what and why at eWEEK Senior Editor Lisa Vaas has written about technology since 1997. Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEKs Security Watch blog.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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