New threats in tough economic climate

The world's top business information security officers will focus on how to tackle new threats in a tough economic climate at the start of the Information Security Forum's annual congress today.

The world's top business information security officers will focus on how to tackle new threats in a tough economic climate at the start of the Information Security Forum's annual congress today.

Over 500 security representatives have gathered in Barcelona, Spain, for the ISF's 19th annual world congress.

The ISF is a not-for-profit association of about 300 of the world's largest organisations that conducts business-oriented security research and develops best-practice methods and tools.

Howard Schmidt, newly-elected ISF president, told Computer Weekly that raising security around information in a volatile financial environment will be a key topic at the three-day event.

We will be looking at how we change the infrastructure and the architecture from one were we add security to one where security is built in as part of the business process, he said.

Schmidt, a former White House IT security advisor, said attendees would also be swapping notes onwhat they are doing to learn what is working and what is not.

Threats range from growth in organised crime and cyber-warfare to avoiding accidental or deliberate leakage of confidential data, he said.

Senior information security managers are also coming under greater pressure from increasing compliance demands of legislation and corporate governance programmes, said Schmidt.

The congress is to be opened by John Maule, professor of human decision making at Leeds University Business School.

Other keynote speakers include Mark Hughes, director of BT group security, and Mary Aiston, director of governance and security at HMRC.

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