Mobile security a hot topic at Infosecurity Europe 2011

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Mobile security a hot topic at Infosecurity Europe 2011

Warwick Ashford

Mobile and smartphone security likely to be one of the hottest topics at Infosecurity Europe 2011 in London from 19 to 21 April, says Bloor Research.

"This is the top threat organisations should be considering as most people in business have smartphones nowadays, and this presents an attractive target for cyber criminals," said Nigel Stanley, practice leader at Bloor.

Research has shown that there has been a huge increase in the number of attacks aimed at mobile phones in the past year, and that is expected to grow exponentially in the coming months and years, he said.

The cost of intercepting GSM calls is falling all the time and it is relatively easy to create and distribute Trojans disguised as games for mobile phones than can be used to steal user information, said Stanley.

In the run-up to last year's Infosecurity Europe event the show organisers conducted a survey which took in responses from 1,000 enterprises and found that large swathes of enterprise staffers are using their smartphones to access their email.

"With the Apple iPhone 4 now firmly in the smartphone spotlight this year, and with Google Android coming up in the fast lane with more than 70,000 apps, it will be interesting to hear how IT professionals can defend the latest generation of mobile handsets that are every bit as powerful as some of the desktop computers of just a few years ago," said Claire Sellick, event director for Infosecurity Europe.

"It's clear that today, more than ever, enterprises now face the issue of workers using their smartphones, as well as their laptops, whilst on the move," she added.

Sellick said there will be more than 300 exhibitors at this year's show, and up to 13,000 visitors are expected.

Despite the continued mergers and acquisitions in the tech sector, she said, 2011 will see a lot of first-time exhibitors to be featured in the new exhibitor zone.

Other innovations include a country focus, this year featuring the US, with a presentation from the US Department of Homeland Security.

Keynote topics include security on a tight budget, security and social media, compliance issues, advanced persistent threats, and cloud security issues.

This year's Keynote Theatre will also see the return of the Hall of Fame, celebrating the people that the industry has voted as being the leading contributors to the advancement of information security, said Sellick.

Business strategy topics include next generation of infrastructure attacks, data control, data protection, and the human factor in security.

Technical topics include communications security, cloud security, browser security, cyber vigilantes, and network monitoring.


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