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Date: 2006-11-01 (21:13)
From: Precept Management Consultancy <precept@o...>
Subject: Security Technology - Information Warfare & Computer Forensics; Grand Hyatt Muscat; 26th-29th November 2006
Information Warfare & Computer Forensics 
Grand Hyatt Muscat, 26th - 29th November 2006

We are pleased to provide information below about our upcoming workshop 'Security Technology - Information Warfare & Computer Forensics' being conducted at the Grand Hyatt Muscat on 26th - 29th November 2006.

Should you require any further information we would be delighted to provide it.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanking you and assuring you of our best attention at all times. 

Best  regards,

Nick Hadjiyiannis 
Precept Management Consultancy 
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Information Warfare & Computer Forensics 

Computers and other digital electronic equipments are increasingly being used in the commission of modern crimes, with criminals often using sophisticated measures to hide evidence.  With computer systems and networks now controlling highly critical infrastrcutures it is essential that information is proetcted and mechanisms are in place to prevent, detect and investigate potential security breaches.

    Duration:                 Four Days, 26th - 29th November 2006, 8:30 am - 5 pm;
    Fees:                       R.O. 785 (including course materials, lunch & breaks at the venue);
    Venue:                     Grand Hyatt Muscat;
    Presenter:                Dr. Malcolm Shore.

The primary objective of the workshop is to provide those wishing to understand cryptographic techniques, starting work in the forensic area, and those tasked with protecting the critical infrastructure with a detailed understanding of the field of security technology. The course will also provide experienced analysts with up to date information on forensic techniques and technologies.  

This course is designed to provide a detailed insight into how networks and critical infrastructures are attacked, how data is protected through the use of advanced cryptography, and the use of forensic techniques to investigate crime.

To register, please click here 


Day 1
CyberCrimeHistoryThis describes the history of cybercrime and hacking, and some contemporary cases
MotivationFlow theory and an advanced model of cyber crime
Computer LawThis topic covers the main points of computer law from various countries

Principals of Information WarfareRMAA description of the revolution in military affairs that occurred with the use of information technology, and the next revolution that is occurring in which information and information systems are targets and the US seek Information Superiority
ELIGIBLE RECEIVERA description of the ELIGIBLE RECIEVER exercise that was run in the US and which demonstrated the vulnerability of contemporary US military and infrastructural systems
Defensive Information OperationsGIGThe aims and objectives of the Global Information Infrastructure
IAThe shift of Information Security to Information Assurance
HardeningTechniques used to harden hardware and software against attacks, and contemporary trusted systems processes 
Operational SecurityPrinciples of operations security and information indicators 
Certification and AccreditationProcedures for certification of classified systems and the accreditation processes to verify their integrity
Offensive Information OperationsMappingThe process of charting the operational environment and identifying the location of target systems.  Practical use of scanning systems
Operational PlanningProcedures for establishing the operational plan and running computer network attacks
IO WeaponsThe various forms of weapons used against information systems, including cyber weapons.  Matching vulnerabilities to targets
Information ImperialismThe issues related to control of sources of information and information systems and communications paths. Techniques used to deny or subvert information technology
Signals and CryptologyCommunicationsForms of communication and their susceptibility to interception
CryptologyThe issues related to the use of cryptography to protect information, and methods of defeating cryptographic protection.

Day 2
Introduction to CryptographyManual CiphersThe beginnings of cryptography through examination of a range of historical manual ciphers systems
EnigmaThe design of the WWII German cryptography device and the effort applied to break the ciphers  
Programming and the IDEBasic OperationsAn introduction to the IAR integrated development environment and its use, and the basic operations of the ARM assembler, with practical exercises 
Logic ProgrammingAdditional coding structures used to implement the various logic operations used in cryptographic algorithms, with practical exercises
Integer MathsThe techniques, functions and instructions used to implement fast long integer modulus mathematics, with practical exercises
Block CiphersAESA full description and practical exercises for the Advanced Encryption System and its implementation with 128, 192, and 256 bit keys 
Key ExpansionPractical exercise in writing the AES key expansion routine
AES VariantsUse of different tables and parameters to create different variants of the AES algorithm, and a review of the security implications of these
IDEAA full description of the public domain IDEA algorithm as used in PGP
Stream CiphersLFSRA description of linear feedback shift registers as used to build stream ciphers. Includes description of contemporary T-Functions and practical exercises
A5Full description of the GSM A5 algorithm and its implementation as a practical exercise 
Modes of OperationThe use of different modes of operation to convert a block cipher into a steam cipher.  Covers OFB, CBC, CFB, OCFB and Counter modes. Practical implementation of CFB8
LCG and othersA description of linear congruential and other forms of generators used to build stream ciphers
SP800-22The NIST random number testing suit used to assess the randomness of a stream cipher keystream.  Includes practical use of the testing application.
Public Key CryptographyDiffie-HellmanDescription of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol
RSADescription of the Rivest-Shamir-Adleman protocol for public key cryptography.  Includes practical exercises
DSSFull description of the Digital Signature Standard, the Secure Hash Algorithm, and the Digital Signature Algorithm.
Wang BreakthroughDescription of the collision attack against MD5 and SHA
Identity ProtocolsFiat-ShamirDescription of the basic Fiat-Shamir interactive protocol for proof of identit
Knapsack CryptographyZQT AlgorithmUse of knapsack techniques to provide cryptographic key exchange
Key Exchange ProtocolsIKEDescription of the Internet Key Exchange protocol (RFC 2409) used with IPSec. Discussion of difficulties with IPSec and NAT operation 
KEADescription of the originally classified key exchange protocol used in the SKIPJACK system 
UKAPDescription of the two pass authenticated key agreement protocol proposed by Ankney, Johnson and Matyas
CyberCrimeHistoryThis describes the history of cybercrime and hacking, and some contemporary cases
MotivationFlow theory and an advanced model of cyber crime
Computer LawThis topic covers the main points of computer law from various countries

Day 3
Storage MediaHard DisksThe various types of disk structures and describes places where the evidence is hidden
CDsThe structure and access methods for CD and DVD media
Memory modulesThe structure and access methods for smartmedia, USB flashdisks, and SIM cards
Hidden and Protected EvidenceData ProfilingAnalysis of data semantics based on file headers and byte distribution characteristics
PasswordsThe methods and tools used to access password protected files
EncryptionEncryption mechanisms and methods of data recovery
SteganographyTechniques used to embed data in multimedia files, detection methods, and extraction tools
Major ToolsEnCaseDescription of the Encase tool and demonstration of its use
X-WaysDescription of the X-Ways Forensics tool and practical exercises
CDRollerPractical forensic recover of multisession CD evidence
Search & SeizureLegal ProcessesThe rules and procedures for getting copies of electronic evidence that will be accepted in court

Day 4
Computer/Network AttacksDenial of ServiceThe techniques used to deny access to an online system
Remote AttacksThe processes by which remote network users can penetrate and manipulate network accessible computers
TracebackTraceback methods and protocols which allow the source of an attack to be found
Router AnalysisMethods used for forensic examination of routers and key differences between router and system analysis
IW Research ProgrammeR&D ToolsThe tools necessary to carry out research into system and network vulnerabilities 
VulnerabilitiesThe techniques used to monitor vulnerability announcements, diagnose system vulnerabilities, and develop computer penetration techniques
PayloadsMethods of exploiting computer systems: denial of service, information retrieval, information subversion 
CloakingTechniques used to cloak computer network attacks and protect payloads
SummarySummary of the workshop


Dr. Malcolm Shore
Dr Malcolm Shore is a Senior Fellow at Canterbury University and a Visiting Professor at Wuhan University (PRC).  He is responsible for conducting COSC425: Computer Forensics and Information Warfare post-graduate course and supervising post-graduate research students.  Dr Shore has extensive experience in the Government and private sector in the design and practical implementation of secure systems.

Employment Record
2002 - present 
Canterbury University
Senior Fellow.  Responsible for conducting the COSC425: Computer Forensics and Information Warfare post-graduate course and supervising post-graduate research students.  Major areas of teaching and research include computer forensics, computer and network vulnerabilities, theory of information warfare, and defensive and offensive information operations.
CES Communications Ltd
Technical Director.  Responsible for all hardware and software development, operation of internal IT systems, and technical support for the company Web site.  Specific tasks include managing the development of analog voice/fax encryptors for telephony and radio based on the SAFE technique, and design and development of the SQ-series products including SQ-Phoenix digital encryption voice/fax/data encryptor, SQ-Argent async/sync data encryptor, and SQ-Hermes Voice over IP encryptor.   Providing training in cryptographic algorithm development and implementation.
Government Communications Security Bureau
Manager, Computer Security.  Establishment of a national COMPUSEC strategy and creation of the GCSB_s national COMPUSEC advisory service.  Development and publication of national Computer Security doctrine for Government use, development and production of a quarterly INFOSEC Bulletin, development and running of a range of COMPUSEC training courses for Government, management of various COMPUSEC projects, representing the GCSB in national and international liaison, national referee for ISO INFOSEC standards (JTC1, SC27), installation of an INFOSEC research network, project manager for the NZ Public Key Infrastructure development, and consultancy to departments in their application of security.  Technical areas of work include security policy and management, risk analysis, security aspects of X.400/X.500 networking applications, public key encryption technology, cryptographic smartcards and PCMCIA modules, firewalls, mailguards, and Web technology.  Installation and use of X.50!
 9 Certificate 
and Directory servers. 
Director, INFOSEC.  Responsible for the national INFOSEC programme.
5th Generation Systems Ltd 
Director.   Part time activity.  Responsible for PC application software development.  Software includes General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Stock Control, Job Costing, Payroll, Chartered Accounting Time & Cost, Hire Purchase & Depositors Ledger, and many other one-off applications.  Development of the Rapuara QUEST database and the Funding Information Service's Fundview system.
This work involved substantial software development on PCs and LANs, and development of Windows applications and SQL server applications.
Assistant Director Information Systems Policy, Defence HQ.  Coordination of  Service computing requirements, and development of the Defence Manual (DM) 55: Defence Information Systems Policy and Standards.  Development and adoption of an NZDF GOSIP and Application Environment Profile for NZDF.
Retired in the rank of Squadron Leader after 20 years contributory service.
Staff Officer Computer Policy, Air Staff.  Support for Base level computing.  Project officer for RNZAF strategic information systems analysis in conjunction with Coopers & Lybrand using the SUMMIT methodology.  Subsequent development of the New Zealand Air Publication (NZAP) 702:  Information Systems Strategic Plan.
Systems Programmer/Chief Systems Programmer, Defence EDP.   Evaluation and installation of the Sperry 1100 mainframe.  Providing support for the Sperry 1100 system software, including the OS1100 operating system, CMS1100 communications system, DMS1100 database, and various compilers and utilities.   Performance monitoring and system tuning, system fault analysis and installation of system patches.  Support for the RPS1100 end-user database and MAPPER software.  Development of various items of systems software, including a Remote Print utility.  Managed a staff of eight systems programmers.
RNZAF Officer Commission 
Personnel Team Programmer, Defence EDP.  Responsible for the development, maintenance, and enhancement of the Personnel Suite of programs on the ICL 1900 mainframe.  Managed a staff of four programmers.  
Dunlop NZ, Wellington
Programmer/analyst, business systems, on NCR Century minicomputers.  Worked primarily on stock control and general ledger systems.
State Services Commission, Wellington 
Technical Advisory Officer, mainframe packages, providing support to departments on the use of various mainframe compilers and application packages.  Installation and support of the packages on the Commission's mainframes.  Installation acceptance and support for ICL 2903 systems.
ICL, Kidsgrove 
Pre-University trainee, worked in:
Numerical Control System Support, providing technical support to users of the SURF/AUCTOR package on KDF-9 computers.  J Level Operating Systems Development, work on file subsystems for the 2900 series mainframes.

Major Assignments
POLIDesign and development of the Personnel On Line Interrogation (POLI) system, a personnel database generalised query and reporting system for NZDF.  The software was written in Cobol to run on a 1900-series mainframe, and incorporated a custom-designed data storage technique to optimise disk performance.
Stats/OCRAcceptance testing of the Department of Statistics CDC-1700 OCR system for automatic reading of census forms.  This involved the design, development and running of a series of acceptance test routines in CDC assembler.
AMPS QueryDesign and development of a query and reporting subsystem for the AMPS 4th Generation Application Development system.  The software was written in the AMPS language to run on a PDP-11.
Sperry 1100Technical officer for the Conversion Team introducing the Sperry mainframes into NZDF, with primary responsibility for operating system software.
MODNETTechnical support to the NZDF MODNET project in the design and implementation of an X.25 wide area private packet switching network.  The Optinet system from Network Automation (Australia) was selected, although a number of areas of software enhancements to the network management system were designed, developed, and acceptance tested.  The project involved significant system performance testing and tuning and integration of both Sperry and ASCII terminals and Sperry, Primos, and Unix hosts.
UBASEOversight of the development of a MAPPER based translator to run xBASE source code on a Unisys MAPPER system.  Appeared as an article in the Unisys magazine
QUESTDevelopment of the QUEST Rapuara Job and Course Search software used in many schools and Labour Department offices nationally
Banking AuditSecurity Audit of an online, home banking system and incorporation of a software-based  DES encryption facility.
ITSECIntroduction of the European Harmonised IT Security Evaluation Criteria scheme into New Zealand, and New Zealand representative on the Australasian IT Security Evaluation Programme (AISEP).
CATALYSTOversight of a research project into risk analysis tools.  This resulted in the development in C++ of the CATALYST Windows-based system modelling and risk analysis package which is used as the NZ Government standard risk analysis tool.   The package was presented at the 1994 Canadian Information Systems Security Symposium
NETAUDITOversight of a research project into network auditing and intrusion detection tools.  This resulted in the development of the NETAUDIT Windows-based security auditing tool for Novell 3.x networks.  The package is written in Borland C++ and uses the Novell APIs
Research NetworkEstablishment of an INFOSEC research network which includes a variety of operating systems and a Web server for various Intranet applications
NZ PKIInvestigations into the potential for Government use of public key cryptography, and the establishment of the NZ Public Key Infrastructure for support of departmental public key cryptography applications.  Implementation of the Spyrus Certificate Authority Workstation and associated infrastructural components.
COMPUSEC CoursesDevelopment of the following training courses:
Introduction to INFOSEC 
PC Security 
LAN Security 
Trusted Operating Systems 
Certification and Accreditation 
Risk Analysis

SQ-PhoenixDesign and development of the SQ-Phoenix digital encryption unit for voice and fax security.  This involves implementation of the TEA cryptographic algorithm, the T.30 fax standard, and design and implementation of a proprietary security negotiation protocol.  Also integration of a dedicated crypto co-processor.
5G PC SoftwareDevelopment of a full xBASE accounting suite for PC systems (General Ledger, Debtors, Creditors, Payroll, Stock Control, Job Costing).  Conversion of the software to operate with a Windows-compliant GUI and Microsoft SQL client/server architecture.  Also custom design and development of Hire Purchase, Chartered Accounting, Import Costing, and Medical Accounting software.

Education and Professional Societies
Formal EducationQueen Mary College, University of London : 1971-74
BSc (Hons) Computer Science, 
Massey University : 1980
Master of Arts in Computer Science
Research Topic: The Application of Steiner Graphs to Phylogeny (Graph Theory)
Otago University : 1998
PhD in Information Science 
Research Topic: Automatic Enforcement of Information Security Policies
Victoria University : 1996 
Post-Graduate Management Course
Officers Training                                   1977
CSC Promotion Examination                1980
PSC (Senior Staff College)                   1987
Various systems analysis training courses (ICL)
Various systems programming training courses (Sperry Univac)
CRAMM Risk Analysis training
Various David Solomon systems programming training courses
Programming LanguagesFluent in           :  Cobol, C/C++, xBASE (Clipper, Foxpro), Delphi, Basic, Fortran, PLUS 1100, Sperry MASM, CDC Assembler, AVR Assembler, Algol, Algol-68, MAPPER, AMPS 4GL, NEAT-3 (NCR), SQL.
Familiar with:  SQL, LISP, MODULA, SIMSCRIPT, IBM Assembler, Pascal, LINC.
CASE Tools:Picture Oriented Software Engineering (POSE)
Design, Development, and Support of the following Business Applications:General Ledger,            Accounts Receivable,  Accounts Payable,  Stock Control,  Job Costing,  Trust Accounts,  Personnel,  Payroll,  Medical Accounting,  Property Management,  Housing Maintenance,  Hire Purchase
Experience on the following systems: Mainframes                  ICL KDF-9, 1900, 2900
                                    IBM 370
                                    CDC 1700, 6600
                                    NCR Century
                                    Sperry 1100 (OS 1100)
Minicomputers  PDP-11, Mapper-5
Microcomputers           DOS, WFW, Windows 95/98, Windows-NT,              SCO-Unix
LANs                           Novell Netware 3,4 
                                    Windows For Workgroups/Microsoft                                       Networks
WANs                         NZDF X.25 (MODNET)
                                    Microsoft RAS
Others                          Amperif SQL RDBMS
                                    Microsoft SQL Server
LanguagesEnglish - (excellent)
PersonalCitizenship - New Zealand

Representation And Publications
National RepNational referee for the Standards NZ Committee SC603: Information Security and member of the Australian IT/12/4 committee.  Represented NZ at various overseas forums, including the recent UN/EDIFACT Joint Rapporteurs Meeting and a number of multilateral Defence Force international technical forums.
Public PresentationsPresented papers at various conferences, including since 1990:
1991 BIS IT Security Conference 
1992 AIC IT Security Conference: "All you need to know about OSI Security"
1993 IIR 1st Annual IT Security Conference, "Trends in Information Systems Security"
1994 IIR 2nd Annual IT Security Conference, "The Threats to and Vulnerabilities of Computer Systems"
1994 Canadian Information Systems Security Symposium, "CATALYST: Risk Analysis Tool"
1995 IIR 3rd Annual IT Security Conference, "The Threats to and Vulnerabilities of Computer Systems"
1997 GOVIS-2 Conference, "Public Key Encryption"
1998 TUANZ Conference, "Public Key Encryption"
1998 AIC Information Systems Security Conference, "Public Key Encryption"
2001 IIR IT Security Conference, "Latest Developments in Ciphers & Cryptography"
2003 4th Australian Information Warfare and IT Security Conference, "Cyberwar Target Acquisition and Identification"  
2003 4th Australian Information Warfare and IT Security Conference, "Automated Matching of Cyberwar Exploits and Targets"   
2004  1st Syrian International Conference on Telecommunications Theory and Application, "Cryptographic Modes of Operation with Bit Loss Synchronisation"
ArticlesVarious articles published in early microcomputer magazines. Canadian Networks journal, "Phylogeny and the Steiner Problem in Graphs"
PublicationsQuarterly NZ Government INFOSEC Bulletin, issues 1-26
Policy DocumentsNZAP 702: RNZAF Strategic Information Systems Plan
DM55: Defence Information System Policy
NZ Security of Information Technology (NZSIT) Vols 1 & 2
NZSIT 100: Computer Security
NZSIT 101: Computer Security Policy Handbook
NZSIT 102: Certification and Accreditation
NZSIT 103: Security Evaluation Criteria
NZSIT 104: Risk Analysis
NZSIT 105: Configuration Management
NZSIT 106: Security Object Standards
NZSIT 107: Information Security Standards
NZSIT 109: Security Notices
NZSIT 200: PC Security
NZSIT 202: LAN Security
NZSIT 204: Authentication Techniques
NZSIT 205: Security of EDI
NZSIT 207: Declassification of Storage Media
NZSIT 209: COMPUSEC Utilities

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This fast-paced three-day introduction to security management was developed initially in response to a specific requirement from the oil & gas sector and is aimed at any manager with local responsibility for security.

The workshop's broad content makes it of clear benefit to delegates from other sectors operating in environments with similar risks.

Security of assets and operations from external, and internal, sources of loss is an essential element of any business. Not all businesses, however, can afford the luxury of a full-time security manager.  In many cases responsibility for security rests with a line manager, or is an additional responsibility for health and safety, facilities or general services managers.  


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