Security B-Sides London conference to return in April

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The second Security B-Sides London conference will take place on 25 April at the Barbican.

The second Security B-Sides London conference will take place on 25 April at the Barbican.

Following its UK debut last year, where 180 delegates heard 13 speakers, the so-called 'security un-conference' said its organisers are encouraging a broader spectrum of attendees. Also, the opportunity to present and attend via a speaker submission has been extended to 15 February; further details are available here.

James Blake, co-organiser of Security B-Sides London, said: “Historically the UK has had a number of information security conferences that have been focused on product pushing. So, it's no surprise there are so many CISOs under the false belief that ‘product x' is the answer to their IT problems.

“However, information security isn't like that; it's a complex mix of motivations, threats and vulnerabilities, and to provide best coverage you need a well-thought-out mix of people, process and technology."

Launched in mid-2009, Security B-Sides conferences are free, community events organised by local individuals, with the expressed goal of enabling a platform for information dissemination.

Currently confirmed sponsors for this year's conference include MWR InfoSecurity, Mimecast and Qualys.

Martyn Ruks, technical director at MWR InfoSecurity, said: “The adoption of new technologies is providing a continuous stream of security challenges. At MWR we believe that events such as B-Sides London provide the perfect platform to share knowledge and discuss the latest research and thinking, which aids in addressing these ongoing challenges.”


Security B-Sides London has also confirmed KPMG as a platinum sponsor, with the company also offering a CV clinic to delegates and a succession challenge, with an Apple iPad 2 up for grabs.

Stephen Bonner, information security partner at KPMG, said: “In a world that can be cluttered with spin and vendor-driven communication, I feel common purpose with Security B-Sides London.

“It shares KPMG's values of open and honest communication by being independent and articulating unbiased knowledge to help us all. It is a great honour to be able to support this young institution as it grows. Plus it's great fun to be involved.”

KPMG's CV clinic can be done anonymously with emailed feedback, or with detailed feedback provided on the day by a KPMG recruiter.

James Blake, co-organiser of Security B-Sides London concludes: “We're very excited about this year's event. It already promises to be a bumper B-Sides, and with voting underway for this year's talks, it is definitely going to be an event talked about for months after, again.

“Our sponsors have also helped us shape the event, with KPMG offering delegates trying to find their perfect role in information security, specifically tailored advice they can use to secure their next role.”


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