The Information Systems Security Association, a not-for-profit international organisation of suppliers, users and consultancies, has formed a UK chapter.
Richard Starnes, head of the UK chapter, said the ISSA will work closely with government bodies, industry and other information security organisations to achieve its initial goal of improving information security awareness and training.
Starnes said the UK is "starting to achieve critical mass" in terms of awareness of information security issues and education, but this awareness is still largely held in the IT department and a few other key areas such as auditing and finance.
"The issues of awareness and training need to be further explored by the industry," he said. "People are still the weakest link and most executives are unaware of the issues and the liabilities they face from an information security perspective."
There are currently about 100 members of the UK branch of the ISSA, which has 10,000 members worldwide.
The ISSA will be at the Infosec 2003 trade show at Olympia, London, which starts today (29 April), on stand 770.
For information on the ISSA
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Infosec 2003: www.infosec.co.uk