Workshop Announcement

Network Security Workshop 2008

A three-day workshop on network security techniques and strategies, including a review and discussion of the results of Accudata's network vulnerability tests, will be held in Portland, Oregon (for NWACC member institutions only).

Date: November 5-7, 2008
Location: George Fox University Portland Center, Room 155


Day 1 - Accudata (8:00 am - 5:00 pm):
Review the sanitized vulnerability assessment results;
Discuss methods to interpret the results to identify serious exposure versus commonly-found vulnerabilities;
Provide guidance and best practices for mitigation of identified vulnerabilities.

Day 2 - Accudata (8:00 am - 4:00 pm):
Increase overall security expertise and awareness;
Provide a functional approach to creating vulnerability management;
Introduce commonly-used tools for conducting vulnerability assessments;
Discuss resolution strategies and taking a pro-active stance;
Discuss developing trends and applicable legislative requirements (such as data privacy).

Day 3 - Independent Presenters (8:00 am - 12:00 pm):
Craig Schiller
, Chief Information Security Officer, Portland State University
Botnets and the Army of Darkness: Botnets, spam, phishing, pharming, DDoS, worms, malware--they're in the headlines, on the news, in every computer magazine, but what are they? Why are they spreading everywhere? How bad are they? How can I keep from getting one? Craig Schiller (CISO at PSU) primary author of "Botnets: The Killer Web App", the only published book on the subject will present an overview of the Botnet threat. This presentation is intended for everyone with an interest in knowing more about botnets. Join us if you are on the front lines against botnets or if you just want to avoid meeting one in a dark alley.

David Aucsmith, Senior Director, Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments
The Current State of Cyber Attacks: The talk will cover the current threat from cyberspace covering malicious, criminal and state sponsored attacks. It will be presented from an intelligence point of view. That is, what do we know, how do we know it, and what do we do with the information.

Workshop size and attendance: Attendance is limited to 35 participants. The workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, email In the event of a participant cancelation, the available space will be filled from the waiting list.

Food Service: Continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided. Dietary preferences or restrictions may be noted on the web registration form.

Location, Directions, and Transportation: The workshop will be held at George Fox University Portland Center - Room 155, located at 12753 SW 68th Ave, Portland, OR. Click here for driving directions from the hotel (Lake Oswego Fairfield Inn & Suites).

Shuttle service is available for participants staying at the hotel. The shuttle schedule is:

Wed, Nov 5: Shuttle departs hotel at 7:45 a.m.
Shuttle departs GFPC at 5:15 p.m.

Thurs, Nov 6: Shuttle departs hotel at 7:45 a.m.
Shuttle departs GFPC at 4:15 p.m.

Fri, Nov 7: Shuttle departs hotel at 7:45 a.m.
Note - There will not be return service to the hotel on Friday, Nov 7. Please arrange for your ground transportation to the Portland airport from the workshop site.

Travel Reimbursements: Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. NWACC will reimburse travel expenses for all attendees. Reimbursement requests should be submitted within 14 days of the event and require original receipts.

If you requested hotel accommodations at registration, your reservation has been made for you at the Lake Oswego Fairfield Inn & Suites and you have received your confirmation number via email. Hotel costs will be paid directly by NWACC for up to three nights (Nov 4-6). If you have questions about your registration or need to make a change, contact Molly at; please do not contact the hotel directly. Attendees will need to present a credit card at check-in to cover incidental costs.

Please email or call 503-777-7254 if you have questions.