Computer Security in 2007: A Report From The Infosecurity Europe Press Conference
by Mirko Zorz - HNS Chief Editor - Saturday, 3 February 2007.


With an announced 300 exhibitors (90 out of the UK), Infosecurity 2007 is definitely the largest gathering of principal vendors in Europe. Launched as a UK event in 1996, this is now one of 10 Infosecurity shows worldwide. Taking place at the Olympia in London 24-26 April 2006, it is a unique chance to meet some of the most important people in the industry.

The main topics at this year's gathering of IT security professionals will be: wireless security, ID management, remote security, telecoms security and insider threats.

A large focus this year will be on debating key issues. The most interesting topic is certainly "Should we always report crime?" that will see a few speakers with largely different views will speak their mind. Are public scrutiny and the potential loss of clients worth the exposure of criminal activity? One thing is sure, the statstics are not showing the real number of breaches.

At the enterprise level, executives are mostly worries about professionalism and Infosecurity visitors will be able to learn where we are in that area at the moment and what has to be done to improve the situation further.

The Presentations

At the press conference I had the pleasure of listening to various presentations by the representatives of some of today’s leading security companies.

All the most important topics of the moment have been discussed, from the challeges that executives face on a daily basis to the problems faced by end users worldwide.

Larry Bridwell, the Global Security Strategist at Grisoft, provided us with an insighful overview of crimeware while Ionut Ionescu, the Director of Security Services at Nortel tackled top issues by talking about security economics.

Nick Baskett, the Managing Director of Matta, presented issues related to the testing of penetration testers and the most interesting talk was certainly made by Yuval Ben-Itzhak, the CTO at Finjan, that used a myriad or practical examples to illustrate the dangers of today's Web-based threats.

Judging from the extensive amount information the speakers provided in just two days I can truly say I'm looking forward to Infosecurity 2007 that will feature a plethora of brilliant speakers.

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