Infosec Europe 2015 preview

Infosec Europe 2015
Infosec Europe 2015
A new venue and dates marks this year's Infosecurity Europe show. Being held on the 2-4 June at London's Olympia, the show promises to be one of the biggest ever with more than 345 exhibiting vendors and services suppliers and an expected 15,000 industry professionals from more than 70 countries.

“As organisations accept that it is no longer a case of ‘if', but ‘when' they will be breached, information security practices are evolving with greater emphasis on building cyber resilience,” says Joy Fleur Brettschneider, group marketing manager of Infosecurity Group at Reed Exhibitions.

The opening keynote speech on Tuesday will be from Ciaran Martin, director general for government & industry cyber security, GCHQ. Martin will give his perspective on the challenge of maintaining personal privacy and security.

He will look at how society can achieve both security and privacy, and to what extent should intelligence agencies have the right to access personal data in the interests of security.

Cyber-attacks will be discussed in a panel session on Thursday entitled “You're Under Cyber-Attack. Now what?” The speakers will share stories from the coal face and discuss best practice incident response and business continuity. The session will also look at the five key steps to an effective incident response strategy.

This year marks the beginning of a new conference to coincide with Infosec Europe. Called Intelligent Defence, the two-day conference will give attendees more in-depth, technical research presentations.

New this year is the UK Cyber Security Innovation Zone where companies will pitch before a panel of industry judges for a free stand and the title of small UK cyber-security company of the year. The top three companies selected will participate in a pitch-off event on the 4th June on the main stage during InfoSec.

TechUK's director of tech for government, Gordon Morrison, says the competition is a “great opportunity for small businesses to get expert advice and meet with potential partners and customers at the exhibition.”

The first Tech Talk on day one is by Check Point's vulnerability and security research manager, Shahar Tal, about the ‘Misfortune Cookie' vulnerability that affects over 12 million internet gateways worldwide, potentially allowing hackers to monitor internet connections, steal credentials and personal or business data, infect machines with malware, and more.

Tal's session describes the vulnerability, how was it discovered, and shows how consumers and businesses can protect themselves against the risk of it being exploited.  He said:  “Infosec is all about sharing information that helps to better protect the internet and its users, by staying ahead of attackers. It's where researchers from all over Europe can show the security flaws and issues they have uncovered, and how to deliver protection against those vulnerabilities.”

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