Ten years ago information security was a niche part of the IT department, while today it gets called Cyber-Security and is described as a Tier One threat to critical national infrastructure – from banks to nuclear power stations, as well as a threat to each of us personally, thus cumulatively a threat to society.
Cash and IP are being stolen every day with values over the year running into hundreds of millions of pounds, while many millions of individuals' credentials continue to be illegally obtained. And we have come to accept that the attacker is most likely already in our network, and if not, the chances are that they soon will be. But the situation would be far worse were it not for the information security industry.
The importance of this sector continues to grow, including the demand for the skills and talents of its participants. Every year our attackers up their game, and every year we need to do at least the same to match them – and more to beat them.
That's why it is important to encourage and praise innovation, recognise those who raise the bar, and reward exemplars who facilitate best practice.
At this year's gala event, we return to the beautiful riverside venue of Old Billingsgate on the Thames, and plan to honour and recognise the leading players in our sector – individuals, companies and products that have played their part in making our world a safer place.
Here is what last years event looked like: