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Society of HPC Professionals to Focus on Cybersecurity at December Conference

SHPCP_Blue_Logo_v2The Society of HPC Professionals will focus its 2015 Annual Technical Meeting on the applications of HPC technology to protect against cyberthreats. The one-day HPC in Cybersecurity meeting will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at a Schlumberger location in Houston. This event is free and open to all, but advanced registration is required.

The agenda includes panelists and presenters who are experts in both HPC and cybersecurity technologies. SHPCP encourages members of the HPC community to attend, as well as people responsible for, or concerned with, cyberthreats on data, property and privacy within the oil & gas, energy, healthcare, financial, advanced manufacturing, and retail operations domains.

The threat from cyber incursions has never been more serious and more complicated than it is today,” said SHPCP president Earl J. Dodd. “The goal of our conference is to showcase how HPC technology is uniquely suited to detect cyberthreats and shut them down before actual attacks can occur.”

Theft of bank account numbers, passwords and personal data remains big business in the digital economy, explained Dodd, but the targets of cyberattacks have grown with the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). Cyber intruders are increasingly stealing intellectual property (IP) such as proprietary workflows, algorithms and business processes. And many other attacks seek to exploit vulnerabilities in command and control systems that manage, for example, the energy grid.

Agenda highlights include:

  • State-of-the-Industry keynote address, including the latest on HPC market size and predicted growth, by Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research.
  • “How HPC Resources are Used in Cybersecurity” – a panel discussing vulnerabilities in private and public-sector computer networks commonly exploited by cyber attackers and the solutions offered by HPC to detect threats, predict incursions, stop attacks and identify past intrusions.
  • Insights into the current cyberthreat landscape by Special Agent Angela Haun from the FBI’s InfraGard program in Houston.
  • “How to Protect Your HPC Investments from Cyberthreats” – a panel of technical experts offering advice on preventing cyberattacks from breaching an HPC system.

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