POWER PUB: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2003
"WORMS AND VIRUSES: HOW SHOULD THE INTERNET COMMUNITY FIGHT BACK?"
Pub Master: Mr. Ames Cornish, Managing Partner, Montebello Partners
5:00 p.m.: Networking
5:30 p.m.: Pub Exchange
6:30 p.m.: Networking
7:00 p.m.: Pub Closes!
Open to the Public. Fee: $15 (cash or check, payable at the door).
In recent weeks, millions of computers have been hijacked by malicious
code. According to a recent survey, the MS Blaster worm alone infected
over 30% of companies with average damage of $475,000. Why is malicious
code causing more and more harm to our Internet? How bad will it
get? Who is behind it? What can we do about it?
Ames Cornish is a security consultant, Board Director for the
FBI-sponsored Infragard, and Founder and Co-chair of the Internet
Security special interest group. Mr. Cornish will lead a discussion
of the malicious code problem and several proposals for how to fix
it: Is it the responsibility of OS vendors? Security companies?
Law enforcement? Individual home users? ISP's? All of these groups
have been suggested, but none has stepped forward and solved the
problem. Come and discuss the technology, business dynamics, and
public policy issues that can help us fight back.
ABOUT THE "POWER PUB"
The "Power Pub" is a new version of the World Internet Center's
traditional Pub evening. In responding to requests to lengthen the
presentation and discussion time, we have evolved the "Pub Talk"
to an hour-long "Pub Exchange" which will be a highly interactive
discussion led, this month, by our expert Pub Master, Mr. Ames Cornish.
The Power Pub begins at 5:00 p.m. with networking and refreshments
(wine, beer, sushi, etc.) The Pub Exchange begins at 5:30 p.m. and
will wrap up at 6:30 p.m., allowing for an additional 30 minutes
of networking. There will be a $15 charge to attend.
ABOUT AMES CORNISH
Ames Cornish leads Montebello Partners (http://montebellopartners.com)
which he founded in 1997 to provide business strategy, Internet
security, and application development services to high-technology
businesses. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial
start-up companies, and venture capital firms.
Mr. Cornish was the founder, Chief Technical Officer, and President
of Vividus Corporation, which was funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson
in 1991, and acquired by Sunburst Communications in 1997. As the
product visionary, he conceived, designed, and developed Vividus'
award-winning multimedia authoring (Cinemation), web authoring (Web
Workshop), and children's (Amazing Animation) products.
Prior to founding Vividus, Mr. Cornish's roles included managing
the Desktop Presentations marketing group at Apple Computer and
managing the product marketing team for Business Graphics Software
at Hewlett-Packard. Previously, Mr. Cornish worked in corporate
finance at Kidder, Peabody, where he assisted in initial public
offerings for technology companies and invented a debt-for-debt
swap, in which over $100,000,000 was invested.
Mr. Cornish has presented at numerous industry conferences and
appeared on national TV and radio broadcasts. He has been elected
to the board of directors for the Bay Area chapter of Infragard
an FBI-sponsored cyber-security organization. He is a member of
the executive council of the Software Development Forum (http://sdforum.org),
Silicon Valley's leading developer organization and is the Founder
and Co-chairman of SDForum's Internet Security and Privacy special
interest group (http://sdforum.org/sigs/security).
Mr. Cornish holds bachelor's and master's degrees in theoretical
physics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.