IT security is one of the biggest issues currently facing IT departments. As organisations open up their systems more and more to customers, suppliers and partners, the threat from viruses, hackers or simple human error grows month by month. The pressure to ensure systems are secure - and the potential cost of getting it wrong - has never been greater.
That's why Computer Weekly is launching the Computer Weekly Infosecurity User Group, a unique organisation for people with responsibility for IT security in their organisation. By helping IT professionals to share information, keep up-to-date with the latest threats and how to deal with them, and meet others facing similar issues, the Computer Weekly Infosecurity User Group aims to make life a little easier - and less stressful - for members.
For a start, we will be organising regular networking events, bringing you together with other professionals who also have IT security responsibilities. These will be great opportunities to compare notes, share concerns and questions and pick up some fresh ideas. We will also be bringing you a selection of top speakers, on the hottest IT security topics.
Infosecurity User Group members will have access to highlights of some of the latest IT security research findings. And four times a year we will be conducting a major benchmarking exercise, enabling you to compare your IT security provisions against those in other organisations. You will also receive a monthly e-mail bulletin, and discounts on some IT security products and services.
So I look forward to seeing many of you soon at a Computer Weekly Infosecurity User Group event.
Tapping into some unique security resources
The Computer Weekly Infosecurity User Group draws on the powerful expertise and resources of three sister organisations:
- Computer Weekly - by a big margin the UK's best-read publication for IT decision makers
- Reed Exhibitions, which runs Infosecurity, the world's biggest series of IT security shows
- Elsevier Advanced Technology, which runs the global IT security conference, Compsec, and the UK's top specialist IT security publications, including Computers and Security, Computer Fraud and Security, The Computer Law and Security Report and Network Security.
Benefits of being a member
The Infosecurity User Group will:
- Alert members to the latest security threats - and how to tackle them
- Offer members a free benchmarking service, enabling them to compare their approach to IT security against other organisations'
- Provide the latest IT security research
- Offer discounts on IT security products and services
- Organise regular meetings with high-profile speakers on the hottest IT security issues
- Enable members to network with people in other organisations with similar responsibilities
- Provide a monthly e-mail bulletin to all members
- Produce useful guides to IT security best practice.
All of this is FREE to qualifying user group members.
Come to our inaugural event
The Infosecurity User Group will hold its first event on 23 April - a drinks reception at the Infosecurity Europe 2002 show at London's Earls Court. Places at the drinks reception are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Look out for more information in the first Computer Weekly Infosecurity User Group e-mail over the next couple of weeks.
Whether or not you come to the reception, you are guaranteed a place at the show. With more than 50 free seminar sessions from the world's leading IT security experts as well as 200 leading IT security companies launching more products and services than ever before, a visit to Infosecurity Europe 2002 is an unmissable opportunity to arm yourself to face the challenges ahead.
To pre-register for Infosecurity Europe 2002 for free, visit: www.infosec.co.uk
Who can join?
Membership of the Computer Weekly Infosecurity User Group is open to anyone with responsibility for IT security in a UK organisation.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be sending an e-mail to all readers of Computer Weekly who have told us they have some responsibility for IT security, with more information about the club, its benefits and forthcoming events. So look out for your e-mail. If you have responsibility for IT security but do not receive an e-mail by the middle of April, don't worry. Just send an e-mail to email@example.com putting "join" in the subject box, and we will send you an e-mail explaining how to register.