UK information security organisations have joined forces to launch the Information Security Awareness Forum.
According to the Forum, one of the biggest problems facing organisations and individuals is a lack of information security awareness, with people either not knowing about, ignoring or circumventing security processes and technical countermeasures.
Lack of awareness, they say, has been the main cause of some of the most serious security incidents in the UK in the last 12 months, including HMRC sending inadequately protected discs containing millions of people's sensitive data in the post, and the MoD leaving a laptop in a car with hundreds of thousands of confidential data records on it.
The Information Security Awareness Forum has been established as a cross industry initiative, dedicated to improving information security awareness by pooling the expertise and resources of the following organisations:
- British Computer Society (BCS)
- Communications Management Association (CMA)
- European Information Society Group (EURIM)
- The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
- Infosecurity Europe
- Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC)
- Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS)
- Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP)
- IUA Digital Risk Working Party
- Jericho Forum
- Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG)
- Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT)
- Information Security Forum (ISF)
- Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
- ASIS International (ASIS)
- Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)