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VanSecSIG, (ISC)² and ISSA September 2017 Meeting

Vancouver SecSIG, (ISC)² Vancouver Chapter, and ISSA Vancouver Chapter

Friday, 8 September 2017 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

VanSecSIG, (ISC)² and ISSA September 2017 Meeting

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Event Details

September 2017 AGM/Education Session

Presented by Vancouver Security SIG, (ISC)² Vancouver Chapter, and ISSA Vancouver Chapter

Friday September 8th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Annual General Meeting With Presentation

Featured Presentation Topic: Lighting up the Dark Web: Mapping the Life-cycle of Dark Websites in Search of Violent Extremist Content

Speaker: Dr. Richard Frank

The internet has been used for many malicious activities by bad actors and extremists. The hidden anonymous section of the Internet, the Dark Web, further provides extremists with security and anonymity online which can be used for enhanced communications or access to Dark Websites. Some Dark Websites have been previously analyzed by researchers to uncover illicit websites which are speculated to facilitate criminal activity. Describing these serves a valuable purpose but does not allow for broader speculations about the criminogenic nature of the environment and the dismantling of these websites. Examining the life-cycle of these websites, in connection with their criminal content, is a small step towards providing insight into how much of a criminal threat these websites pose.


The thought is, if some websites are criminogenic but short-lived, then they should not warrant investigative resources over long-lived criminogenic websites. This is what the current study starts to do: controlling for structure, popularity and size, we analyze the life-cycle of 774 Dark Websites to understand how to prioritize. We found that Dark Websites failed (went offline) often, but their failure was a function of popularity and size rather than criminality. Some criminally focused Dark Websites did survive longer than legal websites. Extremists may use these to facilitate terrorist actions both domestically and internationally, but there are challenges to finding this content which may not align with their goals.


Richard Frank is Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada and Associate Director of the International CyberCrime Research Centre (ICCRC). He is also Associate Editor-in-Chief of Security Informatics. Dr. Frank completed a PhD in Computing Science (2010) and another PhD in Criminology (2013) at SFU. His main research interest is Cybercrime. Specifically, he's interested in hackers and security issues, such as online terrorism and warfare.


Dr. Frank has publications in top-level data mining outlets, such as in Knowledge Discovery in Databases, and security conferences such as Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI). His research can also be found in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, to name a few.


There are limited seats at this venue so you must RSVP to attend. If the session is fully booked you will only be offered an option to register for the waitlist. If you need to cancel your registration please contact the organizer or cancel via Eventbrite so that someone else can take your spot.

Have questions about VanSecSIG, (ISC)² and ISSA September 2017 Meeting? Contact Vancouver SecSIG, (ISC)² Vancouver Chapter, and ISSA Vancouver Chapter

When & Where

SAP Canada Inc.
910 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1A9

Friday, 8 September 2017 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Vancouver SecSIG, (ISC)² Vancouver Chapter, and ISSA Vancouver Chapter

The Vancouver Security Special Interest Group (SecSIG) and the (ISC)² Vancouver Chapter are unincorporated groups of professionals who work together to promote and support the information security profession.  We operate purely on a volunteer basis, and do not charge membership or event fees.  We hold joint meetings together with the ISSA Vancouver Chapter, as part of bringing the information security community in Vancouver together.

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