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Cyber Defense Initiative Conference, 7th Edition

Greetings from Bangkok, Thailand, where the Annual Cyber Defense Initiative Conference, now in its seventh edition, has just ended.

This year the conference was sold out and over 1000 attendees filled the venue, the Central World Plaza. With cybersecurity becoming more important all around the world, it was very nice to see so many people in Thailand security-aware.

I made a speech earlier today on malicious websites and the latest techniques used by cybercriminals. Of course, I also talked about our immediate plans for counteracting them, as well as long term approaches.

The conference comes at the right moment, as Thailand is about to pass a new cybersecurity law which will be a great help in catching and prosecuting cybercriminals.

Cyber Defense Initiative Conference, 7th Edition

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