David Blunkett MP to deliver opening Keynote Speech at inaugural (ISC)² Security Congress EMEA

Posted On 07 Aug 2014
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(ISC)²” the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals” has published the education programme and speaker line-up for its inaugural Security Congress EMEA, which takes place on 9-10 December at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London. Organised in partnership with the MIS Training Institute, the conference programme offers a broad professional development opportunity, combining a comprehensive plenary programme with focused track sessions delivered by a cross-section of the security community throughout the region. Kicking off the programme with insights into why the UK Government elevated cyber security to a Tier 1 threat is the Right Honourable David Blunkett MP, who served as Home Secretary between 2001 and 2004. ” I’m very pleased to see and also support this obvious commitment from the (ISC)² community aimed at increasing our capacity to ensure security for us all in the digitally-enabled, digitally-dependent economy,” explained Blunkett.” It has never been more crucial for the EMEA region’s international information security professionals to join forces and align their efforts as we all face the increasingly complex and adversarial challenges developing in the cyber world.” Other confirmed keynote speakers include Dr Simon Singh (the best-selling author, journalist, radio broadcaster, TV producer and director), Dr Stefan Lüders (head of computer security at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research), Jaya Baloo (CISO for KPN in the Netherlands) and Michael Colao, head of security at AXA in the UK. Conference sessions cover current events (including the privacy issues hampering the UK’s NHS data sharing scheme) and real world Case Studies from Euroclear, the Ministry of Justice in Saudi Arabia, UBS and the Dutch National Cyber Security Centre. Delegates are able to organise their agenda around 30 sessions, including a comprehensive plenary programme and break-out sessions across six tracks: Governance, Risk and Compliance, Mobile Security, Human Factors, Security Architecture and Data Security. ” The quality and depth of the responses received following our Call for Speakers was overwhelming, allowing us to build a strong programme that addresses professional development needs at all levels,” explained John Colley, managing director for the EMEA region at (ISC)².” This event offers members of the professional community an opportunity to learn from their peers and debate the latest proposals around some of the key cyber security issues that are challenging companies, Governments and society on a daily basis.” In addition to the conference sessions, Security Congress EMEA delegates have the opportunity to include two pre-conference workshops (to be held on 8 December) within their conference agenda. These workshops are based on the (ISC)² CBK training seminars for the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM) and Certified Software Security Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) credentials. ” It’s our vision to inspire a safe and secure cyber world,” commented Wim Remes, chairman of the (ISC)² Board of Directors.” We execute on this vision by offering value to society through credentials, resources and leadership. These concepts are reflected in Security Congress EMEA 2014 through a valuable education programme. I’m delighted to see the calibre of speakers that have chosen to present their thoughts at our event.” All sessions and workshops qualify for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. Registration is now open. (ISC)² members, chapter members and supporting organisations are eligible for special discounted pricing. For more information or to register for the (ISC)² Security Congress EMEA visit here Further information about (ISC)² Formed in 1989 and thus celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide. The organisation currently plays host to over 100,000 members in more than 135 countries. Globally recognised as ‘The Gold Standard’, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), Certified Authorisation Professional (CAP), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²‘s certifications are among the first IT credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark designed for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programmes and services based on its CBK, a compendium of information and software security topics. Additional detail is available here

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