CYBER ATTACKS: Movie Fiction Or Real Life Fact

May 11, 2010

Who: The technical experts are Ken Silva, Chief Technology Officer for VeriSign and a former ISA Board Chairman; Lt. General (Ret.) Charlie Croom, former Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Commander of the Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations who now serves on the ISA Board as VP for Cyber Security Solution for Lockheed Martin; and Scott Borg, who is the Director of the US Cyber Consequences Unit.

What: In conjunction with its 10th anniversary, the Internet Security Alliance will be hosting a program depicting fictionalized cyber attacks from popular motion pictures and asking, how realistic are they? It will show short clips from major films that depict cyber events and then ask an expert panel to assess just how realistic—or unrealistic these events are.

Why: We have now seen a series of movies which have depicted major cyber occurrences effecting our military structures and power grids and because we are so conditioned to science fiction causalities we tend to think oh, that couldn’t really happen. In actuality, some of the worst scenarios played out in films are not totally unrealistic, although naturally the fictionalized versions tend to be hyped for dramatic effect. The ironic thing is that some of the less dramatic cyber attacks we often see in fiction tend to actually be more technically implausible.

When: Wednesday, May 19 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave, Columbia A&B

Additional Details: Reception will begin at 5:00pm, with the program starting at 6:00pm

RSVP: Please RSVP to

Contact: Marjorie Morgan, 703/907-7090, mmorgan@isalliance

About ISA: The Internet Security Alliance (ISA) is a unique multi-sector trade association which provides thought leadership and strong public policy advocacy as well as business and technical services to its membership. The ISA represents enterprises from the aviation, banking, communications, defense, education, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, security, and technology industries. ISA’s mission is to integrate advanced technology with the realistic business needs of its members and enlightened public policy to create a sustained system of cyber security.

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