Special Events at Infosecurity Europe designed to support information security professionals

Infosecurity Europe – for which Risk Xtra is serving as an Official Media Partner – will host a series of Special Events as part of the 2019 event’s conference agenda, which stands as the world’s largest complimentary conference programme with 240-plus free to attend sessions aimed at supporting, educating and nurturing those professionals presently operating within the industry.

Designed to bring together information security professionals at all stages of their career development, this year’s event includes some exciting new additions for 2019, including a Capture The Flag competition hosted by the SANS Institute and running across all three days of the show. Competitors’ wits and skills will be put to the test in a competition designed to challenge the ‘Best of the Best’. Interested participants are asked to stop by Geek Street on any day of the event where they can join on their own or team up with colleagues, friends or strangers.

Other Special Events at this year’s edition of Infosecurity Europe include:

FutureSec – A programme of events addressing the future of the industry and focusing on people and innovation. Visitors will learn how to start, develop and future-proof their career. Deshini Newman, managing director for the EMEA region at (ISC)², commented: “The cyber security industry is at a critical point in its evolution. The size of the sector is growing rapidly, with innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, analytics and machine learning fuelling opportunity. Yet the skills market is not keeping pace, with a global skills gap nearing three million roles, 150,000 of which are in the EMEA alone. We do need to take the time to understand why this is still the case and what options are available to address the skills gap. In an industry as fast-paced as ours, having the right skills, backed up by industry-recognised training and certification can make a substantial difference to a cyber security professional’s employability, earning potential and ability to combat the rapidly evolving tactics of today’s cyber criminals.”

The afternoon session from 2.00 pm-3.30 pm will focus on growing a new cyber security business and is aimed at start-ups, those launching a business or those who have a great idea for a new business. It will cover how to write a business plan, how to raise finance and how to market the business and its products.

Delegates will also discover the latest in cyber security solutions as organisations demo and showcase their products and services, including new and innovative technologies highlighted in the Cyber Innovation Showcase, start-up companies in the Cyber Innovation Zone and new product launches in the LaunchPad zone.

Women in Cyber Security – Now in its third year, this will take place on the morning of 5 June from 8.30 am until 11.00 am and aims to celebrate the achievements of women in the industry, debate diversity issues and discuss career opportunities. Hosted by Infosecurity Magazine’s Editor Eleanor Dallaway, the event includes an inspirational keynote by Professor Sue Black OBE – recently named in the Top 50 Women in Tech in Europe – entitled ‘If I can do it, so can you’, as well as a panel discussion, a Q&A session and networking.

Securing SMEs Symposium – Running on 4 June from 2.00 pm through until 4.30 pm, this will raise important issues around how smaller businesses – often seen as an easier target than large organisations that have the budget, teams and motivation to invest in security – can defend against cyber risks and threats, protect customer data and respond to an incident. A panel of speakers will share their insights and experience in managing risk in the SME.

With concerns over the UK’s ability to protect against a major attack on our Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), this year’s Cyber Security for CNI and II Symposium on 4 June (10.15 am-12.50 pm) will provide an in-depth focus session for those operating in public and private sector organisations on how to address emerging threats and risks. Delegates will be encouraged to collaborate, learn and share actionable intelligence during the session.

All sessions will take place in the Pillar Hall at London’s Olympia.

Victoria Windsor, Group content manager at the Infosecurity Group, explained: “The Infosecurity Europe conference programme is highly regarded within the industry for the quality of its speakers and the depth and breadth of topics covered. It’s the must-attend event of the year. For this year’s Special Events programme, we’ve really focused on some of the key issues of the day – skills, careers, diversity and innovation – in order to build a strong agenda and one where professionals can gather to air their concerns, debate the challenges and collaborate with their peers to address some of these issues.”

*Now in its 24th year, Infosecurity Europe runs from 4-6 June. For further information access 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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