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ISNow – e-Crime

The following introduction was originally published in the BCS Information Security Now Magazine, Spring 2007 issue (Volume 1, Issue 3), which was on the topic of e-Crime:

Infosecurity Europe 2007
April brings the annual pilgrimage to London Olympia for information security professionals from around Europe and beyond. It just gets bigger every year, with over 11,000 visitors expected and around 300 vendors vying for attention in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Apparently, security is big business.

Personally, I’m hoping not to see the same vendors, on the same stand, in the same place, hawking the same solutions for yet another year. However, looking at the floor plan, I do get that familiar feeling and I think I know what’s coming. That said, I’m glad to see that over 10 per cent of the exhibitors are new to the event.

I’d like to see the product space improve, more innovation, integration (not of the Heath Robinson kind as favoured by some building ‘unified suites’). I also feel intuitiveness, ease of use, and intelligence, not just information, is needed, with less focus on niche point products that attempt to fill tiny gaps in the market left by others.

Rather than simply loading up on glossy brochures until your complimentary bag splits, I recommend attending some of the excellent talks on offer. With around 100 keynotes, seminars on subjects such as technical and business strategy, and workshops on offer, there is no excuse not to boost your knowledge, and CPE points.

If you’re bored with trying to lift decent freebies without being spotted by sales and marketing staff, come and visit the BCS stand – D220, close to the Technical Seminar Theatre on the ground floor. Some of the ISSG committee will be in attendance throughout the event.

What the future holds
Recently, I was invited to participate in an Infosecurity Europe Advisory Council meeting. Now, this doesn’t mean I will take any blame if you don’t enjoy it this year, but I hope that I contributed a little to the view that Reed Exhibitions now has the security drivers that attendees consider important.

After an incredibly open, wide-ranging and informative roundtable discussion, the group of senior security professionals agreed on what they considered, the ten security hot topic areas for us in the forthcoming year were. These included, in no particular order:

  • globalisation
  • governance
  • identity management
  • compliance
  • remote working
  • professionalism
  • education
  • budget / cost reduction
  • integration
  • management / managing risk

I noticed immediately that not many of the topics relate to products, or directly to technology. The security profession has finally got to grips with the fact that security is more about people and process than technology, and now it’s time to educate everyone else.”

A PDF version of the magazine is available online at:

http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/isnow-spring07.pdf