Infosecurity Europe 2019 at London’s Olympia: Show Preview

Infosecurity Europe is Europe’s largest information security event. This year it will open its doors from Tuesday 4Thursday 6 June at Olympia in London, bringing together the business, technology and cyber communities to discuss and discover the best ways in which to protect organisations and individuals.

The event – for which Risk Xtra is serving as an Official Media Partner – attracts over 19,500 unique information security professionals from every part of the industry, including 400-plus exhibitors showcasing their products and services, industry analysts, worldwide press and policy experts. Over 200 industry speakers are lined up to take part in the free-to-attend conference, seminar and workshop programme.

Infosecurity Europe presents an invaluable platform for vendors to showcase their security products and solutions, with established vendors joined by start-ups and innovative new companies.

Last time out, Infosecurity Europe welcomed visitors from more than from 82 countries – the largest gathering of information security professionals anywhere in the world. Visitor numbers have grown by 50% over recent years.

Conference theme and programme

Infosecurity Europe is home to the world’s largest complimentary conference programme. Sessions have been accredited by the leading industry associations (ISC)² and ISACA since 2012. Visitors have access to 140-plus hours of insight, debate and thought-provoking content that’s unmatched by any other event.

The theme this year is ‘Cyber Security 4.0: Complexity, Risk and Resilience’. As organisations become increasingly complex, we’re moving into a new area of cyber security – one where increased connectivity, machine learning and rising cyber threats to infrastructure pose new and complex risks. Against this backdrop, the information security community is tasked with simplifying matters in order to manage and mitigate increasing risks and enhance organisational resilience.

Keynote Stage

The Keynote Stage is the place for addressing the challenges of building strong cyber security strategies and tactics to protect an organisation’s critical information assets as the world around us transforms. Following extensive research with the information security end user community and consultation with an Advisory Council of senior industry practitioners, the Keynote Stage is the vibrant hub of the Infosecurity Europe conference programme. Delegates gain direct access to information security knowledge and expertise from some of the industry’s leading end user practitioners, policy-makers, analysts and thought leaders.

This year’s Keynote Stage line-up includes:

*Adam Banks (CTO at Maersk) presenting on ‘Lessons Learned from the NotPetya Cyber Attack’

*Paul McKay (senior analyst from Forrester Research) and Tom Cignarella (director of the Security Co-ordination Centre for Adobe) discussing ‘Future Proofing Cyber Security for the Next Tech Frontier’

*Gavin Ellis (CISO at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) reviewing ‘Cyber-Physical Security: Cyber Risk Management Strategies for Connected OT and IT Networks’

In addition, web security expert Troy Hunt will deliver the Hall of Fame Annual Lecture on the topic of ‘Rise of the Breaches’ This takes place on the Keynote Stage from 11.20 am-12.10 pm on Thursday 6 June.

Other conference tracks

The conference programme also features Strategy Talks, Tech Talks, Talking Tactics, Security Workshops and an Information Security Exchange to provide information security professionals with key insights designed to assist them in managing information and cyber risk. It will feature CISOs from across industry sectors talking about how they manage risk and build resilience within their organisations together with technical sessions on how to solve challenges and deal with the latest threats, manage governance, risk and compliance issues and evaluate technologies.

Last year saw Infosecurity Europe expand into the Olympia National Hall for the first time, hosting Geek Street, which brings together a series of in-depth technical sessions. Here, visitors can delve into the latest security research into exploits, vulnerabilities and threats. This year includes sessions on ‘The Dark Web, The Enterprise and Platform Criminality’ by respected criminologist Dr Mike McGuire and Ken Munro (of Pen Test Partners) talking about ‘Regulating The IoT: A Dream Too Far?’

Geek Street also includes an immersive zone, providing hands-on experiences for visitors and featuring a series of interactive learning challenges.

Innovation, skills and diversity

Visitors who want to learn about the latest technology innovations can visit the Cyber Innovation Zone featuring the Top 13 innovative small companies from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company of the Year competition.

The Discovery Zone provides an opportunity for smaller companies to showcase their innovations and is aimed at those exhibiting for the first time, while the Start-Up Zone will feature companies less than three years old.

The issue of diversity will also be on the agenda at the annual Women in Cyber Security networking event on 5 June from 8.30 am-11.00 am. The industry will meet to celebrate the achievements of females in cyber security, debate the challenges around diversity and discuss career opportunities for women. Hosted by Infosecurity Magazine’s Editor Eleanor Dallaway, the event includes a presentation by Professor Sue Black, a panel discussion and myriad networking opportunities.

The future of the industry and skills will be the focus in the new FutureSec area where those starting out, considering a career in security or otherwise looking for a new challenge can discover how to start and develop their career and find out which skills they need to future-proof it.

Registration

Registration for this year’s event is free until Monday 3 June. For anyone collecting Continuing Professional Development/CPE credits, they will need their ISC2 and ISACA membership numbers to hand when completing their registration so that credits can be applied to their account for sessions attended at the show. To register online visit https://www.infosecurityeurope.com

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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