Security is the top IT technical challenge for IT managers. However, in the wake of new corporate risk management obligations and personal liabilities placed on company board directors following the Stock Exchange's Turnbull Report, IT security is now a pressing management and governance issue. Many IT directors have as a result been landed with extra security responsibilities.
However, awareness is growing that security is much more than a technology issue: it covers business prioritisation, process and people policies, board ownership and decision taking.
Next week's three-day Infosecurity Europe exhibition (29 April - 1 May), run by Reed Exhibitions, and heavily supported by Computer Weekly, is more than just a useful event to which you should send a security-minded techie.
The keynote sessions recognise the new management perspective and aim to be the place for IT managers - and their business colleagues - to gain ideas, hints on strategic direction, justifications and arguments, and to help identify current and future liabilities. There is also an informal networking session for senior IT and security managers, linked to a special meeting of the Computer Weekly Infosecurity User Group.
For more details: www.infosecurity.co.uk
Opening address: Stephen Marsh, Office of the E-envoy
Selling IT security to boards: panel from Royal Mail, Prudential, UBS Warburg, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, BBC and IBM
Wireless technology security
IT security advice clinic: Nigel West, plus security heads of Halcrow and Deloitte & Touche
Latest security threats: KPMG
Report on politics and e-crime
National infrastructure debate with director of UK co-ordinating centre.