“White hat hackers” – or those computer and internet experts who use their skills to fight against malicious attacks – from Japan and other countries are set to gather in Tokyo later this month in a conference discussing cutting-edge measures against cyberattacks. Dubbed the “Code Blue conference”, this expo will bring together world-class security experts from around the globe on February 17 and 18, the first such gathering initiated by Japanese authorities. Japanese experts had planned the event amid the rapid increase in cyberattacks to business and government entities in the country.
The Code Blue conference was organized by Japanese information security experts aiming to put up an event that equals the Black Hat conference. The Black Hat conference is known among industry practitioners, attracting nearly 10,000 people yearly to listen to presentations by famous hackers. The Code Blue conference is looking to set this kind of legitimacy, with keynote speeches by Jeff Moss, a legendary hacker who founded the Black Hat and belongs to the US Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, and Chris Eagle, a senior lecturer of computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Twelve security experts from Japan, Belgium, South Korea, the United States and all over the globe were selected through a screening of their theses and will also make presentations at the conference. The sessions will cover a wide range of issues, including hacking a system to control important infrastructure and the danger posed by networked home appliances. “Code Blue is a hospital emergency code that indicates a patient in need of immediate medical attention, or that calls for relevant teams to respond immediately. We named the conference after the code because we hope to save the world by combining people’s knowledge,” a Code Blue spokeswoman said.