New approaches to checking security resiliency, robustness and vulnerabilities

When: FRIDAY, April 18, 2008 (12:00 noon)
Where: Terminal City Club (837 West Hastings St.)
Cost: $35 non-members, $25 ISSA members, and $20 students
RSVP: (space is limited)


Service providers and their vendor suppliers are constantly challenged to build and maintain networks and IP services that are reliable, available and secure. The growing use of outsourced development andopen source components magnifies product and service complexity. The presentation details how this leads to many more open weaknesses subject to malicious exploit, 0day vulnerabilities or unintended product downtime.

A new approach created by Mu uses a service assurance process to solve both a vendor's and operator's downtime problems by proactively uncovering product weaknesses and vulnerabilities in VoIP or IPTV services or even IMS architectures. The presentation discusses how to customize and build automated and repeatable processes using more than 50 IP protocols, known vulnerabilities and even simulating real Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.

Russ Sovde has over 14 years of experience in the networking and security corner of the technology market. He currently works as a Global Consulting Systems Engineer, and serves as a strategic leader for critical infrastructure and IMS projects worldwide. . Russ has worked in several capacities during his career including stints in hands on Network Engineering, Presales Systems Engineering and Consulting Systems Engineering. He has worked in both domestic and international roles for market leaders such as Lucent Technologies, Netscreen Technologies and Juniper Networks. Russ brings with him a strong business acumen as well as technology knowledge. He maintains several industry certifications including his CISSP and has worked in both carrier and enterprise markets. He holds a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Willamette University.

On-site registration and networking begins at noon, and lunch will be served at approximately 12:15. The presentation will run from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, to be followed by an open discussion forum. Members and non-members of the ISSA are welcome but space is limited. Cost for the event is $35.00 for non-members, $25.00 for ISSA members and $20.00 for students payable in advance at our web site using Paypal®, or at the door in cash or by cheque payable to “ISSA Vancouver”. RSVP to to guarantee your seat. Please note that we require 72 hours notice of any cancellations, or you will be invoiced for the event since we are required to finalize the food orders.

Please note that the TCC has a business-casual dress code, and contact us in advance if you have special dietary requirements or would like wheel chair accessible parking so that we can make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

James Crooks: (604) 806-7027.