Data security, virtualisation and Saas top agenda at RSA Europe 2008

Data loss prevention will be the themeof the RSA Conference Europe 2008taking place in London next week.

Data loss prevention will be the themeof the RSA Conference Europe 2008taking place in London next week.

UK Information Commissioner Richard Thomas is one of seven keynote speakers at the event to be held at ExCel London from 27 to 29 October.

Linda Lynch, RSA Conference Europe manager, said the information commissioner will be talking about his role and the role of his office.

"He will also be looking at what can be learned from the mistakes that have led to all the recent high-profile data losses across the UK's public and private sectors," she said.

Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, UK shadow security minister, will focus on the practical and political issues involved in developing a national security agenda.

Continuing the data security theme, panellists from the European Commission, security suppliers and legal firms will discuss changes to European data security regulations, which include proposals for new obligations to report breaches of personal data.

One of the 70 breakout sessions will look at how the cost of a data breach is quantified, as well as the trends and strategies that are emerging to prevent data loss.

Another theme will be the increasing sophistication and organisation of the security threat.

"We are hearing more and more about espionage, cyberwar and new phishing methods," said Lynch.

There will be sessions about why the espionage factor should be part of your organisation's security equation, the evolving threat landscape, the state of spyware, and the changing economics of attack and defence.

"There is a lot of buzz around software and security as-a-service, so there will be sessions looking at the risk and rewards of this business model," said Lynch.

Virtualisation is another hot topic, she said. "Several sessions will be covering security concerns around virtualisation, which are hindering deployment even though the technology is showing compelling returns on investment."

Lynch said there is also a strong governance track, including a session on tackling cybercrime and protecting the critical information infrastructure.

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