With less than a month to go before Infosecurity Europe 2012 – the annual IT security event with an unrivalled free education programme – the organisers of the show have confirmed the Keynote Theatre agenda for his year with a highly attractive line-up of presenters and informational sessions designed to more than meet the needs of today’s pressured security professionals and their managers.
According to David Rowe, CISSP, member of the Infosecurity Europe Advisory Council and Head of Business Services for Reed Exhibitions, this year’s Keynote Theatre line-up has been assembled following extensive research with the information security end-user community, and will address the issues identified by them as being the key business challenges for the year ahead.
“We’re privileged to have Neelie Kroes, Vice President Of the European Commission & European Digital Agenda Commissioner, to host our keynote speech and open the three-day event on April 24th,” he said.
“Immediately following the keynote speech, we are also honoured to be hosting a panel session on the rising role of the CISO, chaired by Bob Tarzey, senior analyst and director of Quocirca, who will be joined Daya Prakash, the CIO of LG Electronics and Phil Cracknell, head of global security plus compliance, and a director of infrastructure with the Yell Group,” he added.
The Reed Exhibitions’ Head of Business Services went on to say that the informative morning starts off what promises to be a must-see array of informative and thought-provoking series of sessions in the Keynote Theatre, covering a variety of informative and topical subjects.
These topics, he says, include the key issues that are affecting information security professionals - including how to align an organisation’s business and IT strategy, focusing on the security GRC (government, risk and compliance) balancing act that most IT departments must now solve.
Another area that the Keynote Theatre sessions will seek to discuss and inform attendees on is how to tackle the growing consumerisation of IT within their business, especially against the backdrop of the BYOD (bring your own device) technology now appearing in the workplace and linking to corporate IT systems.
Other key issues of concern to security professionals – and which the Keynote Theatre sessions will also seek to discuss and inform – include the risk threat of AETs and APTs, hacktivism, the insider threat, and reconciling your cloud computing contract.
Rowe says that the security attacks and allied incidents that have taken place over the last year have helped to remind us that no organisations can be considered `safe and secure’ as today’s multi-vectored threats and hybridised attacks can – quite literally – attack a company’s IT systems from almost any direction.
“And what intrigues – and concerns – many information security professionals – is the fact that cybercriminal attacks are no longer carried out for financial gain. There is now the hacktivist element to contend with. And this is before we even begin to discuss the threat from within an organisation from rogue employees and ill-informed staff actions,” he said.
“Coupled with threats from new and unexpected sources, including an organisation’s own IT supply chain and the headaches that introducing cloud computing to the mix engenders, the need for security education and informed discussion has never been stronger,” he added.
And it’s against this backdrop, Rowe explained, that the Infosecurity Europe 2012 Keynote Theatre programme will provide attendees with a vital expertise resource that all IT security professionals will appreciate and use as they plan ahead for the next 12 months within their organisations.
Highlights of day one of the Infosecurity Europe 2012 Keynote Theatre presentations include the White Hat Ball Cheque Presentation; a keynote address from Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister Of State For Universities & Science; the results of the 2012 security breaches survey, which will take a look at the scale and cost security breaches to the UK in the last year; and a look at the governance of trusted third party providers; defining risk management; and the 10 steps for any organisations to be compliant.
Highlights of day two of the Keynote Theatre presentations include the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame 2012; security versus corporate communications and how to make a social media strategy work; and BYO security and control policies.
Highlights of day three of the Keynote Theatre presentations include AET & APT next generation attacks; hacktivism: making things personal; the insider threat; and an informed discussion on cloud-based contract security issues.
Rowe says that further details of the Keynote Theatre presentations can be found on the Infosecurity Europe 2012 Web site, along with details of the informative and thought-provoking sessions also taking place in the Business Strategy Theatre, the Technical Theatre, and the Technology Showcase Theatre.
“The unrivalled education programme we have at this year's Infosecurity Europe show will help information security professionals and their colleagues attending the show get the message across to their peers and employees about the very real security threats that they face in their day-to-day use of IT systems," he said.
“We look forward to welcoming attendees at the three-day event – which will be held 24th -26th April at London’s Earls Court exhibition centre – and offering them a variety of high quality information and training to meet all possible educational needs,” he added.
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