Security professionalism comes to the fore at show

Security professionalism comes to the fore at show

Over the past couple of years moves to put IT security on a more formal, professional footing, and to get the many existing IT security-related groups to agree a common purpose, have gained momentum.

The latest developments in this area will be highlighted by the discussion panels and presentations at the upcoming Infosecurity Europe Show and Conference at London's Olympia from 26-28 April.

Although Infosecurity Europe, run by Computer Weekly's sister organisation Reed Exhibitions, is primarily a showcase for new products and services, it has built up an impressive conference alongside the main event with many speakers from user businesses.

This year's speakers include senior IT security experts from Standard Chartered Bank, ICI, Eli Lilly, Roche, British Energy, Royal Mail, Barclays, the FBI and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, as well as Reed-Elsevier.

In the opening keynote Lord Harris of Haringey will ask whether the UK's critical national infrastructure could withstand a cyber attack. Other topics cover cybercrime, compliance, governance, communicating security effectively to the board, strategic protection, and identity and access management.

Also prominent among the 40 or so speakers is Fred Piper, who set up the Information Security Group at the Royal Holloway College and who is at the heart of work to improve IT security professionalism in the UK.

Piper last year instigated the creation of a small and informal but very influential group of senior IT security professionals to ginger up progress and break down barriers between the various IT security bodies.

The group, initially of 16 members and recently expanded to 90, is galvanising progress towards better defined professionalism in the UK. It is bringing about a more common focus among the many government departments, supplier organisations, corporate IT users and professional bodies, including the British Computer Society, the Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Communications Management Association and US-based professional IT security body (ISC)2.

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