David Lacy, director of security and risk management technology, services and innovation at the Royal Mail Group, said, "Today's IT security is not scalable or sustainable for tomorrow because it uses multiple tools operating at different levels."
Royal Mail and ICI have prepared an 80-page document specifying management, platforms, local components and interface standards as four areas where security products and standards do not meet forum members' needs.
The document will be a "permanent work in progress," said Lacey, as the forum's 20 members decide on its priorities.
Established in January, the Jericho Forum aims to influence the direction IT security products take by establishing a set of goals its members want security companies to achieve. To date, 20 businesses (including several global companies), the UK government and standards body the Open Group have joined.
Lacy is speaking at the Protecting Critical Information Infrastructures Conference 2004 at the QEII Conference Centre, London on 3-4 March.