Global business and information technology (IT) leaders will meet at the European Computer Audit, Control and Security (EuroCACS) Conference in Manchester from 20-23 March to share the latest guidance on key IT security and governance issues facing enterprises today. Hosted by ISACA, a global association of 95,000 IT professionals, EuroCACS will examine topics such as virtualisation, outsourcing, governance, risk and compliance, social computing, social networking and human factors, and cloud computing.
EuroCACS will feature 12 sessions that help attendees demystify the cloud.
Urs Fischer, CISA, CRISC, owner of Urs Fischer IT GRC Consultancy, will examine the benefits that cloud computing can offer from the perspective of cutting costs—a key motivation for the migration from in-house services. Mike Small, information security management advisor, will outline the changes to identity and access management that will exist in the cloud environment, and Peter Wood, CEO, First Base Technologies LLP, will share how to improve information security in the cloud.
Robert Stroud, CGEIT, vice president, CA Technologies will be looking into his ‘crystal ball’ to discuss the impact of new technology and emerging trends, including the affect cloud-computing is likely to have on the future of IT.
Prof. John Walker, CISM, managing director of Secure-Bastion Ltd, will address the challenges and risks involved in implementing cloud-based solutions in his session titled ‘Cloud Computing and the Extended Perimeter: New Age Risk Management’. Walker is confident that cloud-based solutions can match, and even exceed, those in place in-house today, within the areas of operational ownership, reducing cost and increasing efficiency.
“Cloud computing provides opportunities of scale, with the ability to switch into and out of services as dictated by operational need,” said Walker. “With the appropriate governance structures in place, cloud computing can add substantial value to an enterprise by allowing for flexibility and potentially reducing costs substantially.”