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Information Security Awareness Week launches.

InfoSecurity Europe : 21 April, 2008  (Company News)
In a week packed with activities and featured events including InfoSecurity Europe in London, users can gain insight into the true benefits of information security.
Monday April 21st 2008 is the first day of Information Security Awareness Week. The industry has created this week as a way to improve the UK's understanding of information security by creating a number of initiatives. Behind this week are many of the biggest movers and shakers in the Information security Industry who form the Information Security Awareness Forum.

Events taking place during Information Security Awareness Week include:.

* 21st April Online conference organised by the Information Security Awareness Forum, the security issues associated with the techno-generation in your workplace - workers used to gadgets, and social networking websites, but do they bring information risks, such as loss of data?
* 22nd April Infosecurity Europe - the number one Information security event provide an unrivalled education programme, new products & services from over 300 exhibitors and over 11,700 visitors from every segment of the industry.
* 22nd April Launch of the PwC Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Information Security Breaches Survey 2008.
* 22nd April Launch of the (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study 2008 - Tracking Information Security Governance.
* 22nd April Launch of The Directors' Guide to Managing Information Risk sponsored produced by the Information Security Awareness Forum (ISAF), Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC) and BT.
* 22nd April Jericho Forum Spring Conference - the focus is on securing your data, how to manage business collaborations, and our Collaboration Orientated Architectures approach.
* 23rd April Debate on the need for an e-crime unit in the UK with Charlie McMurdie, Detective Superintendent, Police Central e-Crime Unit Project ; Philip Virgo, Secretary General, EURIM; Tony Neate, Managing Director , Get Safe Online; Dr David King, Chair, Information Security Awareness Forum (ISAF).
* 25th April Launch of Infosecurity Adviser

'A big problem for companies and individual alike is the lack of awareness of information security." Said Dr David King, ISSA-UK and Chair of the Information Security Awareness Forum, "It has to be a good thing for organisations to take opportunities to raise awareness amongst their constituents. By combining efforts, the effectiveness of the delivery of messages can only increase. Information Security Awareness Week 21st - 25th April 2008 gives organisations and individuals this chance, and the Information Security Awareness Forum is pleased to behind this initiative."

"The principal objective of the Institute of Information Security Professionals is to advance the professionalism of information security practitioners and thereby the professionalism of the industry as a whole. Increasing the awareness of information security within society as a whole is one of our key activities and we are taking an active role in this new initiative to co ordinate and strengthen the message to help reduce on-line risks through guidance and best practice and lead the debate into the security/privacy balance. As a member of the Information Security Awareness Forum the IISP is contributing to an updated Directors Guide to Information Security which will give directors of companies an easy to use guide to help them meet their obligations." Paul Wood MBE, Corporate Board Member IISP.

Chris Potter, the PricewaterhouseCoopers partner leading the UK government survey on information breaches due for launch in April, comments 'The initial results from the 2008 information security breaches survey indicate that companies are very concerned about potential leaks of confidential customer data. Many such breaches are caused by poor security awareness. For example, staff at a large technology provider accidentally copied confidential data from the HR folder into a shared drive, exposing salary and bonus information to everyone in the firm. Some leading organisations are making real progress in educating their staff about the risks and changing actual behaviour - they are turning their people into their strongest defence against data breaches rather than their weakest link. However, most companies are still struggling - given this, it's clear that forums to share good practice in this area are of enormous value.' PwC are managing the 2008 information security breaches survey on behalf of the department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform; the results will be launched at Infosecurity Europe on 22 April 2008.

The 2008 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study, conducted by industry analysts Frost & Sullivan is the most comprehensive work of its kind, tracking growth, salaries, budgets, technology and training demands and practice. The work offers a comprehensive view of how information security is being governed, and where practice differs from region to region. John Colley, Managing Director EMEA, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2.

A survey by Infosecurity Europe of 1,311 companies has found that 79% of organisations see the single greatest security weakness that their individuals and organisations faces is lack of awareness, with people not knowing about, ignoring or circumventing security processes and technical countermeasures.

"Infosecurity Europe is taking part in Information Security Awareness week in April 2008 and as the largest event in Europe dedicated to improving information security for business, government and other large organisation has an education programme dedicated to improving awareness. At the show as well as over 100 seminars and keynotes we have the launch of the 2008 information security breaches survey on behalf of the department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, the Tracking Information Security Governance- (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study 2008, and the Jericho Forum conference. The Forum is co-ordinating the activity of the organisations and groups who are responsible for helping UK government, business and citizens to prevent information security breaches, identity theft, and electronic crime. I am delighted that Infosecurity Europe is taking part in this initiative, by contributing our skills and resources to compliment those of all the other different bodies." Claire Sellick, Event Director, Infosecurity Europe 2008 .

Steve Markwell, NCC's CEO said, 'ISAF's awareness week is a welcome alliance of organisations who can really make a difference. It's a daunting task but the guiding principle is to keep moving forward and not give an inch to those who exploit IT for all the wrong reasons.'

The Information Security Awareness Forum was borne out of the ISSA-UK Advisory Board which at its meeting in September 2007 identified the need for co-ordination activity within security awareness, and supported an awareness group to explore the agenda and identify specific actions that could be undertaken to make a difference. Founding members of the forum included the ISSA, (ISC)2, the IISP, EURIM and Get Safe Online.

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