UPDATED: Cybersecurity conference sidles into Denver Tech Center

Tactical Technology Collective, Flickr

Internet crimes are no longer the shaddowy domain of spooks and hackers. Tekhne will be on hand to live blog the Cybersecurity Summit West and its star-studded roster of military, law enforcement and private security experts.

Besides well-heeled defense contractors cashing in on the newly minted $60 billion cyber-industrial complex, why should the tech community care?

For one, the hyper-militarization of the Internet tends to give academics and civil libertarians the willies over privacy concerns and reduced civilian oversight.

To add to their woes, the House Intelligence Committee is hellbent for leather to move the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3525) through at blazing speed. The bill was introduced into Congress Nov. 30 and passed its first committee hurdle the very next day by a 17-1 vote. [emphasis added]

The bi-partisan bill would “allow the government and private companies to share information about electronic threats and attacks. Private entities would participate on a voluntary basis and would receive significant liability protections in return,” according to a story in Politico.

The bill’s sponsors claim the legislation protects American businesses from “economic predators.” Language that is suspiciously similar to the widely derided House bill expanding law enforcement of online trafficking of copyrighted intellectual property and pirated content, once dubbed E-PARASITE and now referred to as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act).

The conference also comes on the heels of “Cyber Flag,” a simulated attack on the U.S. Cyber Command’s network. (h/t @Zaibatsu)

Follow our live reports on Twitter Monday under the hashtag #security.