DefconPH Beer Talk 1 and Defcon Philippines launching

Thank you to the event organizer, Maxtor, for the successful DEFCONPH Beer Talk 1 held in Handuraw Cafe, Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City on December 20, 2008. Semprix and Maxtor are the founders of Defcon Philippines

DefconPH Beer Talk 1 Participants

On the same date, DEFCONPH (also written as Defcon) was officially launched. I commend DEFCONPH founders, Semprix and Maxtor for bringing Defcon to the Philippines and landmarking the face of information security in the Philippines.

DEFCONPH officially started on February 2008. DefconPH is a registered as Defcon International Group, DC6332.

DefconPH Beer Talk 1 was participated by 21 individuals who take role in IT security. The participants come from Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao which includes IT security personnel, Software Engineers, Technical Writers, Network Administrator, and IT students. During group discussions, most of the participants generously shared their knowlege and significant IT-security related experiences which add wealth to everyone present.

Defcon come its way at the height of information technology (IT) development in the Philippines.

In the Philippines, Information Technology (IT) industry is among the fastest growing. Cebu, being centrally located, becomes an ideal venue for information security convention.

During Defcon Beer Talk 1, the founders reveal the plan for the big convention (CON) on June 2009. The CON on June 2009 is a much-awaited event specifically dedicated to IT security. I expect hundreds of participants coming from corporate, institutional, and government sectors.  The academe and IT business stakeholders are also expected to take part on the convention.

Information security is everybody’s concern. However, this area is often overlooked not until the company or the organization experience the devastating and costly vulnerabilities or attacks.

Although, there is no such thing as 100% secure system or networks, there are many mitigating steps to help prevent and stop such IT security threats. Adequate knowledge, enough information, and broad understanding of IT system and securities can help mitigate the almost never-ending IT security issues.

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DefconPH and CBS Conference

DefconPH founders and some members of  Cebu Blogger’s Society (CBS) meet today (December 14, 2008) in preparation to the upcoming DefconPH Beer Talk 1 on December 20, 2008.

I am privileged to attend the DefconPH (also written as DEFCONPH) and CBS conference and I have the opportunity to meet the DefconPH founders, Semprix and Maxtor.

The founders share valuable insights about IT security and orient us about the purpose of DefconPH as an organization. Included in the discussion are future plans of DefconPH and the upcoming conference (CON) on June 2009.

Defcon is an organization that hosts Information Security convention. During the DefconPH and CBS conference, it was clarified that Defcon is a non-profit organization, and not a company nor an institution with commercial affiliation. Simprix and Maxtor further clarified that during the CON, illegal activities are not allowed.

Defcon is currently the world’s largest annual hacker convention with over 8,500 people attended DEFCON 16 (2008).

In the Philippines, there are currently two registered Defcon Groups, DC6332 (Cebu City) and DC6341 (Cavite). There used to be DC63048 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan but the group is currently inactive. (see source, Defcon.org)

DefconPH (DC6332) started in February 2008.

DigitalFilipino.com Club and Bloggers Cebu Networking Event

I’ll mark my calendar for the DigitalFilipino.com Club and Bloggers Cebu Networking Event on October 23.

The event converges Cebu-based bloggers and e-commerce industry players. Exchanges of ideas and updates are expected during the event.

I look forward on what new information I can get during the event. I always look forward to hear updates from Janette Toral because I know there are always new insights that she will readily share.

I remember the Cebu Bloggers meet-up (February 7, 2008) where Ms. Toral shared about blogging and the 2010 elections. I was inspired then to sustain blogging.

I see the upcoming DigitalFilipino.com Club and Bloggers Cebu Networking Event as milestone in Cebu Blogging history. And of course, Cebu Bloggers Society has its role in sustaining growth among Cebu bloggers.

DigitalFilipino.com Club and Bloggers Cebu Networking Event details can be found in DigitalFilipino.com Club Group Blog.

Top 10 Most Frequently Pirated Software Titles

The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) released on February 19, 2008 the list of most frequently pirated software as part of the 2007 Anti-Piracy Year In Review report. SIIA is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry based in Washington, DC.

The report observes:

The largest share of software titles pirated fall in the productivity categories – word processing, office suites, report design, web design, etc. – the software used most often in business.

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Enhancing Online Reading

We print information in blocks like this post. We traditionally write and print this way – blocks or by paragraph. But a research indicates that the human brain is not “wired” to read text in the traditional way we print it, which is in blocks.

A company called Walker Reading Technologies, conducted scientific research that would revolutionize online publication and reading. The study concluded that “the natural field of focus for our eyes is circular, so our eyes view the printed page as if we’re peering through a straw.” [1]

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A Glance at Philippine IT Laws and Policy

We heavily invest on hardware and software, and to IT support personnel. But how do we deal with persons who initiate acts that compromise our IT infrastructure? How do we deal with persons who hack our system? How about those who spread malware like the “I love you” virus that heavily harm computer networks in the world? How about those who invade our intellectual property right?As much as there is a need to act on street crimes, there is also a great need to act on cybercrimes.

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FOSS as Alternative to Software Piracy

Those who installed illegally acquired software in their PC have many reasons as you can imagine. Some say buying pirated software is the best alternative to very expensive proprietary software. Another argue that if it’s not used commercially, there is nothing wrong about it. Some point out that without that pirated software, they can not run their PC because license is too expensive for an ordinary user.

I will not over-emphasize here the economic and social impact of software piracy. I will do that in separate article. This is my response to several reactions among friends who said that advocacy against software piracy is like bumping one’s head to blank walls and likened it fighting against windmills (Don Quijote dela Mancha). It seems there are no other ways than to use pirated software.

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