ATP February Meeting Notice


When:         Wednesday, February 8, 2006
Registration begins 8:30 a.m.
   Meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.  


Where:       OCLC, Inc.
(Kilgour Building – enter from the East)
6565 Frantz Road
Dublin, Ohio  43017
Free Parking Available


Topic:         Enterprise Security and Cracking
     the Data Encryption Standard


ATP is pleased to announce that the February meeting topic will cover Enterprise Security and a discussion of Matt Curtin’s latest book, Brute Force: Cracking the Data Encryption Standard.

Robert K. West, Founder and CEO, Echelon One, LLC, will discuss enterprise security as a general topic with a focus on technology changes over the past two years. Mr. West is responsible for creating and executing the corporate strategy for Echelon One, LLC, an information security research company. He has 20 years of experience in information security, strategic planning, governance, organizational change, relationship management, computer network design, implementation and management. 2005 was a watershed year for the information security community. California Senate Bill 1386 shed light on issues that had not been spoken about openly and the public quickly became aware of the issues information security professionals face on a daily basis. Additionally, phishing and pharming became part of our vocabulary as threats transitioned from hackers to the criminal element. This session will cover the challenges to be faced in 2006, highlight a couple of specific cases, and communicate what an organization needs to do to protect information effectively.

C. Matthew Curtin is a Columbus-based technologist, writer, and entrepreneur. In a professional career of less than fifteen years he has helped to shape our understanding of the benefits and risks of living in a globally–connected world. He helped to develop the technical infrastructure for some of the earliest electronic commerce Web sites and to show others how to use technology such as network firewalls and cryptography to protect their data and their users. During the Crypto Wars of the mid to late 1990s, Mr. Curtin was an integral part of a seminal distributed computing project that broke a message encrypted with the U.S. Government's Data Encryption Standard for the first time in open research, changing the tone of the debate in Congress over cryptographic policy and hastening the demise of the standard. Mr. Curtin will discuss his most recent book, the story of this work, Brute Force: Cracking the Data Encryption Standard (Copernicus Books, 2005).

The meeting fee is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. To pre-register by e-mail, respond to, and include the company name and names of those who will attend. Or, to register by phone, call the ATP HOTLINE at 614-836-4318.  And don’t forget, when you pre-register before the deadline (5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2006), your name is automatically entered in the drawing for a prize. Please register early so that we may have an accurate count for seating and lunch. Your pre-registration allows us to keep our member costs down.