2021 National Cyber Summit
During these uncertain and unprecedented times, the NCS organization has been faced with a very difficult decision regarding our 2020 Summit. For the safety and well-being of our attendees and exhibitors, as well as preserving the unprecedented networking opportunities NCS provides, we have postponed the 2020 Summit until June 8-10, 2021.
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July 2020


NCS Job Fair Partner, ClearedJobs.Net | CyberSecJobs.com, Looks Forward to Reconnecting with Summit Attendees in 2021


At ClearedJobs.Net and CyberSecJobs.com, we look forward to hosting the National Cyber Summit Job Fair in Huntsville each year, as longstanding NCS partners. However, these unprecedented times changed the way job seekers would connect with leading Huntsville area employers this year. Instead of the in-person career fair that summit attendees have come to know, we pivoted to a virtual job fair in light of the current environment. Though the National Cyber Summit was postponed till 2021, the Cyber Job Fair moved forward on a virtual platform, allowing professionals from all over the country with an interest in the Huntsville market to participate.

It was our goal to create an online job fair that offered the same features we bring to our in-person events, such as a friendly welcome booth staff and complimentary resume reviews. Though we weren’t able to see each smiling face or shake hands while wishing attendees good luck, the Virtual Cyber Job Fair on June 3, 2020, successfully incorporated all of our favorite elements in an online format.

Job seekers were able to stop by the virtual information booth to say hello or ask questions, connect with employers and find opportunities catering to a variety of cleared and cyber skill sets, participate in resume reviews provided by Still Serving Veterans, and jump in the Huntsville booth to chat with representatives from local Huntsville organizations to learn about living and working in the community. All of these happenings took place in text-based chats, in various virtual booths.

Up to this point, 2020 has largely been about change and how we adapt to it—and individuals in the defense, intelligence, and cyber security communities have stepped up to the challenge, whether it be adapting to remote work, social distancing protocols, or other ‘new normals.’ Many of our attending job seekers and employers were new to the virtual job fair experience, but they were able to adapt, forge connections in a new way, and drive their job search and recruitment efforts forward.

While the circumstances we’ve faced this year motivated us to learn something new and push ourselves into the virtual arena, we’re excited to get back to Huntsville, see all the summit attendees, and host the National Cyber Summit Job Fair on-site next year, on June 9, 2021. The National Cyber Summit is a valuable staple of the cyber security community, and we’re proud to support the mission by helping to connect cyber professionals with cyber opportunities. Here’s to educating, collaborating, and innovating in 2021 – see you in Huntsville!

About ClearedJobs.Net | CyberSecJobs.com

ClearedJobs.Net and CyberSecJobs.com, located in Falls Church, Virginia, are veteran-owned firms providing services and products to the security cleared and cyber security communities. Founded in 2001, the company produces Cleared Job Fairs® and Cyber Job Fairs, posts online security cleared and cyber security jobs, and provides industry information to assist job seekers in their career transitions.

February 2020


Chinese Military Personnel Charged with Computer Fraud, Economic Espionage and Wire Fraud for Hacking into Credit Reporting Agency Equifax

Indictment Alleges Four Members of China’s People’s Liberation Army Engaged in a Three-Month Long Campaign to Steal Sensitive Personal Information of Nearly 150 Million Americans
A federal grand jury in Atlanta returned an indictment last week charging four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with hacking into the computer systems of the credit reporting agency Equifax and stealing Americans’ personal data and Equifax’s valuable trade secrets.

The nine-count indictment alleges that Wu Zhiyong (吴志勇), Wang Qian (王乾), Xu Ke
(许可) and Liu Lei (刘磊) were members of the PLA’s 54th Research Institute, a component of the Chinese military. They allegedly conspired with each other to hack into Equifax’s computer networks, maintain unauthorized access to those computers, and steal sensitive, personally identifiable information of approximately 145 million American victims.

“This was a deliberate and sweeping intrusion into the private information of the American people,” said Attorney General William P. Barr, who made the announcement. “Today, we hold PLA hackers accountable for their criminal actions, and we remind the Chinese government that we have the capability to remove the Internet’s cloak of anonymity and find the hackers that nation repeatedly deploys against us. Unfortunately, the Equifax hack fits a disturbing and unacceptable pattern of state-sponsored computer intrusions and thefts by China and its citizens that have targeted personally identifiable information, trade secrets, and other confidential information.”

According to the indictment, the defendants exploited a vulnerability in the Apache Struts Web Framework software used by Equifax’s online dispute portal. They used this access to conduct reconnaissance of Equifax’s online dispute portal and to obtain login credentials that could be used to further navigate Equifax’s network. The defendants spent several weeks running queries to identify Equifax’s database structure and searching for sensitive, personally identifiable information within Equifax’s system. Once they accessed files of interest, the conspirators then stored the stolen information in temporary output files, compressed and divided the files, and ultimately were able to download and exfiltrate the data from Equifax’s network to computers outside the United States. In total, the attackers ran approximately 9,000 queries on Equifax’s system, obtaining names, birth dates and social security numbers for nearly half of all American citizens.

The indictment also charges the defendants with stealing trade secret information, namely Equifax’s data compilations and database designs. “In short, this was an organized and remarkably brazen criminal heist of sensitive information of nearly half of all Americans, as well as the hard work and intellectual property of an American company, by a unit of the Chinese military,” said Barr.

The defendants took steps to evade detection throughout the intrusion, as alleged in the indictment. They routed traffic through approximately 34 servers located in nearly 20 countries to obfuscate their true location, used encrypted communication channels within Equifax’s network to blend in with normal network activity, and deleted compressed files and wiped log files on a daily basis in an effort to eliminate records of their activity.

“Today’s announcement of these indictments further highlights our commitment to imposing consequences on cybercriminals no matter who they are, where they are, or what country’s uniform they wear,” said FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich. “The size and scope of this investigation — affecting nearly half of the U.S. population, demonstrates the importance of the FBI’s mission and our enduring partnerships with the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. This is not the end of our investigation; to all who seek to disrupt the safety, security and confidence of the global citizenry in this digitally connected world, this is a day of reckoning.”

The defendants are charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, conspiracy to commit economic espionage, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The defendants are also charged with two counts of unauthorized access and intentional damage to a protected computer, one count of economic espionage, and three counts of wire fraud.

The investigation was conducted jointly by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, the Criminal and National Security Divisions of the Department of Justice, and the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office. The FBI’s Cyber Division also provided support. Equifax cooperated fully and provided valuable assistance in the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nathan Kitchens, Samir Kaushal, and Thomas Krepp of the Northern District of Georgia; Senior Counsel Benjamin Fitzpatrick of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section; and Trial Attorney Scott McCulloch of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section are prosecuting this case. Attorneys with the Office of International Affairs provided critical assistance in obtaining evidence from overseas.

The details contained in the charging document are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.


November 2019


Non-profit organizations encouraged to exhibit at National Cyber Summit

The National Cyber Summit invites non-profit entities to participate in the nation’s fastest growing cyber security summit on June 2-4, 2020, in Huntsville, Alabama. Non-profit organizations are offered a discounted rate of $400 to exhibit at the summit by registering by January 31, 2020.

By participating in the National Cyber Summit, your organization will be among the first to see innovative research and technologies that are changing the face of cyber industries, as well as make face-to-face connections with industry leaders.

Visit https://tools.eventpower.com/speaker_management/index/20NCS-NP to submit your request to be eligible to receive the discounted rate.