Attack the Hack
During a sobering breakout session on “Advanced Cyber Security” at the PCMA 2014 Education Conference in June, Michael Robinson — director of forensics for Disruptive Solutions —
discussed a variety of threats to online data at meetings and conferences.
One vulnerable point: registration kiosks. Here are Robinson’s tips for
making sure yours are secure:
• Disable USB ports.
• Disable the Windows help feature.
• Ensure there is no command prompt.
• If the kiosks do not need to be connected to the Internet,
• Have someone physically monitor the area.
• Conduct a security assessment before the kiosks get used. .
Along with its cultural treasures,
Munich has intellectual resources
that make it a popular destination for
medical and scientific meetings. In
particular, the city has a long tradition
as a center of engineering excellence —
BMW is headquartered in Munich — as
well as the more recent but thriving
biotechnology and pharmaceutical
industries, supported by world-class
academic and medical institutions.
We stopped by the Deutsches
Museum, the world’s largest museum of
technology and engineering, which was
founded in 1903 by the German Society
of Engineers and built on an island in
the Isar River. Its more than 50 exhibit
halls cover everything from early ship-
building to space travel, with exhibits
devoted to natural sciences, materials
production, energy, communications,
pharmaceuticals, and dozens more
topics. To a non-scientist like me, the
museum’s exhibits were fascinatingly
accessible, and many of the profes-
sionals attending scientific meetings
in Munich likewise find the museum
completely absorbing, Zürner told me.
Event spaces at the Deutsches Museum
can handle groups of up to 800, for din-
ners, cocktail receptions, and meetings.
Another popular off-site venue for
tech-minded meeting attendees is the
BM W Welt ( Welt translates to “world”
in English), a BMW museum, with
both historic and contemporary ver-
sions of the company’s automobiles
and motorcycles, including rare Rolls-
Royce models. The futuristic, metallic
lines of BMW World’s architecture
are as sleek as those of the company’s
cars, and the BM W Event Forum offers
facilities including an auditorium that
can accommodate groups of up to 800,
meeting rooms, a restaurant, and an
outdoor terrace. Tours of the adjacent
BMW plant also are available. .
— Barbara Palmer
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