'Independent' Security Consultant Organization Sells Off Speaking Slots To Manufacturers

By John Honovich, Published May 10, 2019, 09:24am EDT

The International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC) have sold numerous speaking slots to manufacturers.

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This is part of their $5,000 'Platinum' sponsorship, giving paying manufacturers a "15-minute presentation to a dedicated audience of consultants" at their annual conference.

IAPSC provided IPVM detailed feedback on the program, emphasizing that the manufacturers are 'vetted' and that "no expectation or requirement that any payment of services or purchase of products will result" from such sponsorship.

Inside this note, we examine the program, IAPSC's explanation and our concerns.

Annual ********** ************

*** ***** ***** ** annual ********** **** ~*** attendees (********* ********). ***** is ** ***** **** the **** ***** ******* manufacturer ****** ** *** background:

*** ************ ***** ******* ** ************ *** the **********, ** ***** *****:

** ****** *** ****, a ************ **** ******* at ***** *** ****** ($2,000) ***** *** ****** attend ** * ******* attendee ($*** / $*** rate). ** **** * tabletop *****, *** ****** ($3,000) ***** ** ********.

**** *** $*,*** ******** level, * ******** **** is ********:

***** ********** *** ******* of **** ********* ************:

** *** **** **********, there **** * ******* presentations ******* ** ***** *******, ********* *****:

Vetting ********

***** ********* ** **** that:

****** ********** ********* *** invited ** *********** *** there *** ******* ***** for ***********, *** ** which ******* * ************.

***** *** ********* ***** companies **** ******, ***** said ***** **** "******** in *** ***** ** a ****** ** *****" vetted *********.

***** ******* ************** * ******* ****** about ********* *** ********** or ***** ********* ** cyber ********:

*** *******/*********'* *********** *** product ****** ***, ** the ******************** ** *****, accurate *** *** ********** misleading

*** *******/*********'* ********/******** ***, in *** ********** ********** ofIAPSC, ***** ******, ******* and ****** **** **** in ********** **** *************** or *************** ** *** applicant

Denied *** *****

*** ***** ***** **** they ******** ****** ******* for ***** ******, ****** IPVM's ********:

***** *** ****** ******* that * ********** *** have ******** ***** ******** as ** ***** **** of ********* ***** ******** controls **** **** ******** sought ** *********** ** the ***** ********** *** were ******.

***** *** ***** *** not ******** *** ***** vendors ***, ***** *** Hikvision *** *** ******* at *** ********** *** have *** *********** ****** cybersecurity ******.

Expanded ***** ********* ** ************

*** ***** **** ********** on ***** ******** ** sponsorships:

********* *********** ******* ** a ******* ** * business ** * ********* to ******* *** *********’* mission, **** ** ********* recognized ** *** ********* with ** ************** **** the ******** *** ********* the *********'* **********, ********, or ******* *****. ***-******* frequently ******* ******** **** opportunities ** ******* ********** in *** **** ******** light ** *** ******* and ***-******* ** *** non-profit, **** ** *********** or *********** **** *** payment ** ******** ** purchase ** ******** **** result. ***** ** ******* in *****’* ****** **** prohibits ** **** ********* sponsors ** *** **********. The ***** (***.*****.***) *** *** *********** of ******** *********** ** the ** (*****://*******************.***.**/) *** *** **** organizations ** ***** ** are *****, ***** ********* can ** *** ******* the ******** ** * consultant ***** *** *********** as ********* ** *** code ** ******. *** Board ********* ******** *********** activities ** ****** ***** are ** ****** ** perceived *********** ** *** way *** *********** *** its ******* ******* ********. Our ************* ******** *** an ********* **** ** the ******** ** ** how *** *********** **** to ****** **** *** their *******.

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************* ******** **** ** to *********** ** *** a *******. ******* *** such ****** **.

********* ******** *** ********* (sponsorship) ****** ************* ** those **** ***. *** IAPSC ****** ********** **** because ***** **** ** Ethics [**** ** ****** available] ********* **** ******* for ***** *******:

***** *** ***** ********** that "***** ** ******* in *****’* ****** **** prohibits ** **** ********* sponsors ** *** **********", the **** ******* ********* should *****.

*** **** **** *** IAPSC **** ********** ** those *** ****** ** pay, *** ** **** skews **** *** *********** Consultants ********, ***** (****** they ****** ** ******* and ***** ****** *** manufacturer *************), ***** ********* is ******* ** ***** who *********, ** **** case, ****** *** **********'* attention.

**** ** **** ** a ****** ******* **** IPVM *** ****** (*.*., the ****** **** ******* ***** ***** "******* Tasting" **** *********** ***********) ******* ** **** of **** *********** '*****' is ****** ** *** manufacturers *** ****** ** steer ***** *********** ********** decisions.

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Comments (12)

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***************, **** ** ******* new

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* ********* **** **** win **** **** '***' system *** ***'* ** realistic *** ***** *** obvious - *** ****** why ***** ************* *** spending ** **** ** reach ~** *********** **** and~** *********** ******* ******* **** **** they *** ********* ****** decisions ******* **** *********.

"...******* **** **** **** can ********* ****** ********* through **** *********."  * absolutely *****. *** ** the ********* *********** ** selling ** *** ******** of ********** **** *** person ** *******. ** a *********** ** ******** marketing *** ****** ***** campaigns, **** ********* ******** to ************* ***** ******** through **** ** **** interaction. *** *****, ******** administered, **** ****** **** interaction, ** *** *********** a *** *****. 

*** ******** ** ******* or *** * ******, a *****, * ***** of ******* ********** * person ** *** *** product ** ******* ****** boils **** ** *** ethics ** *** **********.  If *** *** ****** by *** ** ***** enticements *** *** ****** serving **** ******?  * think ***.  ***** ** the *********** ** *** product *** *** ******* to ******* *** ************ of *** ******.

*** ***** **** ******* or *** **** ***** yet *****.  ***** ****.

* **** *** *** doing **** ** ******.

 

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***** **** ** *** ethics ** *** **********. If *** *** ****** by *** ** ***** enticements *** *** ****** serving **** ******? * think ***.

****, ******** ***** **** you.

* ***** *** ********* is *** ** *** know ** **** *** being ******? **** *** 'ethical' *** '*********' ********** (by **********) **** **** say **** *** *** swayed.

*** * ****** ** trust ****.  *** ********** needs ** ********* **** with *** ******.  *** way ** ** ***** more **** *** ********.  The "***** ******" *** be ****** *** ** performance *******, *******, ***.

* ***** **** ** and *** *** **** to *** * ** Y ******* * ** a * ** * shop.

********** *** ** ******* way.  ****** ***** (**********) that *** ** *** attend ***** ********* ****** events, *** ** *** accept ****** ** ******* at ****** ******, ***.

*** ****** **** ** both *** ********** *** the ****** ** ***** that ***** ************.  

** *****, **** ** a ********* ******.  *’** stay *********, *** *’** known *** *** ***** and ** ****** * project **** *** *** of *** ******** *********.  

*** ** ***** **** down *** ******* *** updates *** *********** ***** Wednesday ** * ******* noon *** ******** *** okay **** **.

**** *********** ****** ** casually ** ** ********* interconnecting ********* *** ******** over ***** *******. 

"*** ******** ** ******* or *** * ******, a *****, * ***** of ******* ********** * person ** *** *** product ** ******* ****** boils **** ** *** ethics ** *** **********."

** ****** **** ** true.... *** *** *** referring ***************.

*** ******* **** ** that ** *** ******* about *********** ****.

*** ** ************* ****'* already ******** ***** ***** ** junkets *** (*** **) influence***************, **** ******'* ***** all *** ***** ******** to **** ****.

***** ***** ** ******* can (*** **) ********* *********** ****

** **** **** ********, they ***** ******** ************* or *********** **** **** could *** *** (** would ** *** ******) if **** *** *** buy * *****-*** ****** and ****** *****.

** *** ******* ***** executive ********* ** ** after*** **** ******* ****** debate, *** ** *** benefits ** ***** ******* is **** ***** **** it ** **** ****** to *** ******* ** ask ********* *** ***** with ***********. *** ********* of ***** ********* **** rejoin **** **** **** not ********* ******** *** good *********** **** **** buys **** ** ********* over ***** *********** *** do *** **** ** easy ******.

**'* *** ***** ******.

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