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Countdown to Zero Day Author, Kim Zetter, to Keynote SANS' 10th Annual ICS Security Summit

  • Bethesda, MD
  • January 20, 2015

SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced Kim Zetter, a top cybersecurity journalist and author of Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon, will deliver the keynote address on February 24th at the ICS Security Summit.

Zetter is an award-winning investigative journalist and author who covers cybersecurity, cybercrime, cyber warfare, privacy and civil liberties. She has been covering computer security and the hacking underground since 1999, most currently as a staff reporter for Wired. She recently completed the book Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, the Detroit Free Press, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (Melbourne, Australia). She has also appeared on several broadcast stations discussing topics ranging from computer hackers and viruses to travel Web sites.

"Kim Zetter's book has brought the topic of control systems cyber risks to life in a way that has moved organizations to establish defenses to address targeted attacks," said Michael Assante, a project leader at the SANS Institute. "Her keynote address will shed further awareness on this very real challenge and serve as a great lead-in to additional discussions by top SCADA security experts as they share the latest techniques for protecting industrial control systems and critical Infrastructure. This is a can't miss Summit for ICS security professionals."

The Summit provides ICS cybersecurity practitioners and managers the opportunity to hear from top SCADA experts about the recent onset of ICS-focused attacks. Attendees participating in the sevven day hands-on training event held in conjunction with the summit will learn how to defend their critical infrastructure systems against these attacks. This unique event will focus on both attacking and defending ICS environments.

Attendees of the 10th Annual ICS Summit and Training will have the opportunity to participate in many event exclusives including new course debuts and tool releases. Agenda highlights include:

  • ICS515: ICS Active Defense and Incident Response ICS 515, a first run course
  • Embedded Device Security Assessments for the Rest of Us, a new course
  • NetWars CyberCity, allows participants to test their skills as they defend the city's components from terrorist cyber attacks and utilize offensive tactics to retake or maintain control of critical assets
  • Live ICS Attack Demonstration, offers an in-depth look at an ICS attack

For more information on SANS' 10th Annual ICS Security Summit and Training (Feb. 22 - Mar. 2), including panel and discussion overviews, or to register, please visit:

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