Thursday, April 10, 2008

APWG Conference in Tokyo, Japan there or be square :-)

The APWG is delighted to announce that registration for the APWG's Second Annual Counter eCrime Operations Summit (CeCOS II) has opened and that the program committee has posted the preliminary agenda and registration links at: Unlike APWG General Members meetings, CeCOS II Tokyo will be an open conference, with all sessions available to both member and non-member attendees.

CeCOS II is shaping up into a milestone event for APWG members and for all the stakeholding cohorts engaged in the global contest with the burgeoning electronic crime plexus. Our goal, beyond benchmarking the kinds of operational practices that have proven useful in countering electronic crime, is to unite IT operations, security and law enforcement thought-leaders from across the globe to voice priorities in the global confrontation with phishing and eCrime.

AGENDA: A working agenda can be found at this APWG Web page:

The CeCOS II, to be held in Tokyo on May 26 & 27 2008, is being developed in collaboration with the Council of Anti-Phishing Japan, an industry coalition organized at the recommendation of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The Council of Europe has also entered as a program partner, through participation of its Economic Crime Unit.

APWG has always worked to build bridges between constituencies that have to engage the threats that electronic crime poses against consumers and enterprises. With CeCOS II the APWG also hopes to take steps to begin unifying key constituents of global economies - national and regional - against the growing, common peril of electronic crime. This year's meeting will focus on the development of response paradigms and resources for counter-ecrime managers and forensic professionals.

Presenters will proffer case studies of national and regional economies under attack, narratives of successful trans- national forensic cooperation, paradigms for cooperation and unified response against ecrime - and data resources for forensic applications. CeCOS II Tokyo reflects the rapidly expanding APWG membership in Asia but, as importantly, it presents an extraordinary opportunity to build strategic bridges between counter-eCrime operatives worldwide.

VENUE: The conference will be held at the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.
The Akasaka district is a central Tokyo business and government district by day and one of Tokyo's premier entertainment areas by night. The hotel's English-language Web site can be found here:

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: The links for registration Web pages for this APWG conference can be found here:

ACCOMMODATIONS: The APWG has negotiated a discount rate for conference attendees at the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka. The CeCOS II hotel accommodations registration Web page is here:

For attendees planning on staying at other Tokyo hotels, the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka is within 2-minute walks of both Nagata-Cho Station and Akasaka-Mitsuke Station on Tokyo's subway. More info on subway service can be found here:

Instructions on getting to the conference venue from Narita International Airport can be found here:

TRAVEL GUIDANCE: Advisories on such important details as visas and entry requirements for travelers to Japan can be found at these web pages.
For US and Canada:
Other Nations:

SPONSORSHIP: Interested event sponsors can contact Deputy Secretary General Foy Shiver directly at about opportunities for this event.

If anyone has other kinds of questions, they are invited to contact APWG Secretary General Peter Cassidy at or +1 617
669 1123.

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