DHS to Give Talk on “Deceptive Dating Tactics” at Online Dating Conference

A screenshot from the iDate 2012 conference list of speakers showing Tom Millar, the chief of communications for the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

DHS to attend online dating conference in Miami Beach (Government Security News):

The Department of Homeland Security is set to participate in a discussion panel at an online dating industry conference in Miami in the coming days.Tom Millar, chief of communications for the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is slated to discuss deceptive dating tactics in a January 24 panel at the iDate SuperConference event, said a statement from Ticondergoa Ventures, Inc., the sponsor of the conference. The event takes place on January 23-30, 2012 in Miami Beach.

Millar’s session is designed, said Ticonderoga Ventures, to help dating operators prevent fraud within their respective sites.

The appearance isn’t as unusual as it may seem. DHS and the CERT have been aggressively promoting online safety and security in the last few months through the agency’s “Stop. Think. Connect” campaign. On Jan. 10, DHS’ Web blog posted a series of tips on how the public and DHS employees can remain secure online.  According to Ticonderoga, Millar’s Miami appearance is part of DHS outreach program called “Cyber Week” in the city.

US Department of Homeland Security to speak at the iDate Dating Industry Super Conference on January 23-30, 2012 in Miami (Press Release):

Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc. announces that the US Deparment of Homeland Security (DHS)will present at the Internet Dating Industry Super Conference .  The event takes place on January 23-30, 2012 in Miami Beach. Tom Millar ofthe United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) within the Department of Homeland Security will be on a January 24 panel that discusses deceptive dating tactics. The session is designed to assist dating operators in preventing fraud within their respective sites.  Mr. Millar joined US-CERT in 2007 and played a significant role in US-CERT’s response activities during major cyber events such as the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Estonia in 2007, the outbreak of the Conficker worm and the DDoS attacks on major US government and commercial websites in 2009. He currently serves as US-CERT’s Chief of Communications, a role which finds him at the intersection of outreach, awareness, standards development and technical interoperability initiaAtives. His focus is on modernizing US-CERT’s approaches to information sharing, knowledge exchange and coordination.

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