Put 50 senior security professionals in a relaxed environment and creative sparks fly.
Networking was the name of the game on November 12 with the launch of the SC Executive Network in the exclusive surroundings of central London club, One Alfred Place.
Sponsored by Accenture, the SC Executive Network has been created to bring together the UK's most senior and influential information security professionals to share ideas, swap stories and pass on industry intelligence to trusted peers. Membership is by invitation.
More than 50 executives gathered to hear BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner speak. Gardner, who has reported extensively on terrorism and cyber issues, spoke about internet security in a geopolitical context.
He has had first-hand experience of terrorism, surviving an Al-Qaeda gun attack while in Saudi Arabia in 2004.
“This was the first of what we hope will be many events for the Executive Network and we feel it has been a great success. There was a good turnout, with attendees saying they got a lot out of the event and the networking opportunities,” said Paul Fisher, SC editor.
“The Executive Network was designed to give senior security executives an opportunity to share ideas and opinions in a secure but relaxed environment. And I think we achieved that,” he added.
John Shacklady, head of Accenture UK/Ireland security, said: “The London event proved a very solid first outing. I was pleased to see so many influential figures present. Working with SC, we will look to develop the network further.”
Future events are expected to take place every four months and will feature debates as well as speakers. The SC Executive Network will also be developed online.