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Unisys Security Index reflects consumer fears over ID theft and fraud

InfoSecurity Europe : 21 April, 2009  (Technical Article)
InfoSecurity Europe organisers call for need to address consumer fears over increased instances of identity theft and electronic fraud
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The organisers of the Infosecurity Europe show, which takes place in London next week, say that increased consumer worries over ID theft and fraud need to be addressed by the IT security industry.

'The latest Unisys Security Index for Internet security shows that worries about ID theft and online fraud is soaring, as reports of electronic fraud continue to hit the headlines,' said Tamar Beck, Group Event Director, Infosecurity Europe,

'The index confirms industry observations that criminals are increasingly moving online, which explains why 69 per cent of UK consumers say they are concerned about computer security, with 65 per cent worried about their safety and security when banking or shopping online,' she added.

According to Beck, the latest edition of the twice-yearly analysis of European attitudes towards a variety of security topics makes for interesting reading, not least because 72 per cent of UK citizens say they are at greater risk from identity theft and related crimes such as credit card fraud, as a result of the economic downturn

The economic downturn, he explained, has undoubtedly forced cybercriminals to diversify into new areas of fraud, and this trend is one that will be discussed by a leading team of professionals at the Infosecurity show in London later this month.

The show organisers have assembled several of the industry's leading figures in IT to discuss the latest trends on cybercrime, as well as explain to audiences how to better protect their IT resources from the ensuing problems.

Speakers lined up to make presentations at next week's IT security event include Jeff Brooker, Head of Security & Business Continuity with HMRC who, along with Julia Harris, Head of Information Security with BBC Future Media & Technology, will be looking at who got caught out on the IT security front in the last 12 months.

Charlie McMurdie, Detective Superintendent with the Police Central e- crime Unit of New Scotland Yard - along with Philip Virgo, Secretary General of EURIM and the RT Hon Alun Michael, MP - meanwhile, will be looking at who should police the global Internet and who is ultimately responsible for Internet crimes.

It's against the backdrop of the increased Unisys Security Index that professionals should be encouraged to attend the Infosecurity Europe event, which offers one the UK's largest free education programmes on Information security issues.

'We have assembled some of the UK and Europe's finest professionals to explain to IT and business managers how they can better protect their company IT resources,' said Beck.

'At this time of economic uncertainty, good advice is always to be welcomed, and the fact that this advice is being offered free of charge, makes Infosecurity Europe a must-attend event for anyone concerned about the rise in cybercrime worries,' she added.

Infosecurity Europe, running for its 14th year in 2009, is Europe's number one Information Security event. Featuring over 300 exhibitors, the most diverse range of new products and services, an unrivalled education programme and visitors from every segment of the industry, it is the most important date in the calendar for Information Security professionals across Europe. Infosecurity Europe is one of five Infosecurity events around the world with events also running in Belgium, Netherlands, Russia, and France. Infosecurity Europe runs from the 28th - 30th April 2009, in its new venue Earls Court, London.

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