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

The editorial space has shrunk this month to allow some space to promote our new-look website. We have given the site a makeover and a new back end, which will enable us to react more quickly to visitor demands and behaviour.

As time goes on, it will become more interactive, ensuring it becomes the premier web destination for information security professionals to engage in forums and discussions. I look forward to joining the debates.

We are expanding on other fronts too. SC has already run two very successful conferences and I'm pleased to announce our first ever national conference to be held in September, at Olympia in London.

Branded Excellence in Data Security & Compliance, the conference is a one-day, three-stream event giving delegates the opportunity to pick and mix sessions between security awareness, technology and PCI DSS themes.

The speakers will include high-profile names from the Information Commissioner's Office, Barclays Bank, MasterCard and Sainsbury's. If you book before 24 July, you can save up to £100. I hope to see you there. More details are available at www.scconference.com.

Web 2.0 has got a few security chiefs sweating - should new tools be allowed in the workplace or not? BT, perhaps unsurprisingly, is firmly in the camp that thinks social networking is good both for its business and its customers. Find out more in Barry Mansfield's Enterprise 2.0 starting on page 30.

Another technology that has yet to really establish its place in the pantheon is NAC - some even contest whether it counts as a technology in its own right. Mark Mayne has used all of his analysis skills to look at the state of play of NAC in Growing Pains, which you can read on page 26. Have a good month.