Editorial: Support from an unexpected ally
Editorial: Support from an unexpected ally

The House of Lords science and technology committee has delivered its verdict on the online world with the publication of its report on personal internet safety. While some may find the idea of such an ancient institution pontificating on the information superhighway (as it used to be called) slightly incongruous, there is no doubt that this is a serious and considered report. At more than 600 pages it's also very long.

Far from being out of touch, the Lords committee has proven itself to be in tune with the concerns of many in and outside the information security industry. At its heart is the question, who's responsible? It's a big question and one that is not going to be answered with any degree of agreement any time soon. Be sure the debate will feature in the pages of SC.

Last year we ran a feature that printed the predictions of ten industry experts about how the threat landscape was evolving. Well, in the best tradition of magazine publishing, we're running the same feature. Well, all right, not quite.

This time, in Ten wise men, we have got the views of those on the inside - people like you, who are charged with looking after the security of some of the UK's most important businesses. Barry Mansfield's ten mini-interviews start on page 34.

Turning back to the vendor side of the business, there's no doubt that serious money and investment has, for some time, been attracted to the growing importance of information security and the number of start-ups in the field.

It's a truism that, as the industry consolidates through mergers and acquisitions at the top end, fresh new businesses arrive at the bottom. Suppose you want to be one of those - how do you turn a good idea or innovative technology into a flourishing business? Richard Willsher has been looking at the arcane world of investment and venture capital and how you might get a slice. Read more in Tapping the markets, starting on page 30.

We've introduced a new element this month in the form of the Buyer's Guide in our products section. Now you can see how key products fared in our group tests, their star ratings, when they were tested and our reviewer's verdict. It will, of course, be updated and revised each month as new products are tested. It should prove invaluable next time you or your team are looking to invest in new equipment or software.

Finally, if you are still confused about PCI DSS, even to the point of whether you need to be compliant or not, then I'd like to draw your attention to the conference that SC has organised this November. A truly stellar line-up of speakers has been put together for a one-day masterclass in the intricacies of PCI and how you can protect your customers' data.

With names such as American Express, MasterCard, VeriSign and BetFair in the mix, you can be assured that you are going to get world-class, hands-on advice on implementing PCI. If you book before 4 October, you can save £100 on the delegate fee. For more details on the event, speakers and how to book, please go to www.haymarketevents.com/conferences/.

It promises to be a cracker - I look forward to meeting you there.