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Members of Trustwave's SpiderLabs to Deliver Briefings at Black Hat

CHICAGO (July 15, 2009) - Trustwave, the leading provider of on-demand data security and payment card industry compliance management solutions to businesses and organizations throughout the world, announces that three of the company's information security experts will deliver briefings at Black Hat in Las Vegas, July 25 - 30, 2009. The presentations will be delivered by members of SpiderLabs, the advanced security team at Trustwave responsible for incident response and forensics, ethical hacking and application security.

Steve Ocepek, senior security consultant at Trustwave's SpiderLabs, will deliver, "Long-term Sessions: This is why we can't have nice things." This discussion will present ways to classify long-term sessions, decisions regarding their use and methods for detection and disconnection.

Classifying long-term sessions is particularly important to help prevent malicious attacks. Aptly named, long term sessions allow attackers to install key loggers, botnets and other forms of malware to establish a shell or remote control program on Web servers to steal critical data.

Ocepek will present a new approach in the form of a proof-of-concept utility called "ackack." This program, to be unveiled at Black Hat, can be used to apply WHOIS-based white/blacklists to long-term incoming and outgoing sessions. This utility facilitates detection of Web-based remote access, botnets, and phone-home malware, as well as incoming server exploits. The software demonstrates the plausibility of controlling long-term sessions and serves as a proof-of-concept for hardware vendors that are looking to implement this functionality.

Garret Held and Kevin Stadmeyer, both senior security consultants at Trustwave's SpiderLabs, will present "Worst of the Best of the Best." Together they will highlight several security industry awards and the associated issues when end-users/technology buyers validate their purchase decision based on these awards.

To better represent the types of products selected as award winners, Trustwave's SpiderLabs performed a manual application security review of a particular device without access to source code. After compromising the root password of the device, the test team found that this award-winning product was vulnerable to common attacks. Although Trustwave approached the vendor regarding these vulnerabilities, the vendor has not yet fixed them and this device is still available to end-users/technology buyers in its flawed state.

"As targeted hacking attacks with a primary goal of significant financial gain continue, Black Hat delivers a forum for the discussion of countermeasures and detection techniques that may help alleviate these attacks," says Robert J. McCullen, chairman and CEO of Trustwave. "We're proud to have three security experts present their key findings at Black Hat, which we hope will help businesses better defend themselves and their customers' information against unauthorized access."

  About Trustwave
Trustwave is a leading provider of on-demand and subscription-based information security and payment card industry compliance management solutions to businesses and government entities throughout the world. For organizations faced with today's challenging data security and compliance environment, Trustwave provides a unique approach with comprehensive solutions that include its flagship TrustKeeper® compliance management software and other proprietary security solutions including SIEM , WAF , EV SSL certificates  and secure digital certificates . Trustwave has helped hundreds of thousands of organizations-ranging from Fortune 500 businesses and large financial institutions to small and medium-sized retailers-manage compliance and secure their network infrastructures, data communications and critical information assets. Trustwave is headquartered in Chicago with offices throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. For more information, visit https://www.trustwave.com .