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Visitor Number Rise At InfoSecurity Europe Despite the Ash Cloud

InfoSecurity Europe : 17 May, 2010  (Company News)
Flight chaos and threats of further cancellations did not deter visitors who flocked to Earls Court in London again this year for a successful Infosecurity Europe show with 324 IT Security exhibitors showing their products to over 12,000 visitors
Infosecurity Europe 2010 defied the ash cloud and the economy to become the most successful event in its 15 year history with 12,566 visitors converged on London's Earls Court venue where 324 exhibitors greeted them with the latest technology and services to protect their organisation.

Claire Sellick, Infosecurity Europe's Event Director attributes the growing success of the event to the fact that it is not just the need for organisations to protect their data that is driving investment. "Information security technology is now seen as an essential enabler for business to provide profitable and exciting new services. We have been inundated by demand for exhibition space for next years event and 82% of the space has already been booked for Infosecurity Europe 2011 which runs from the 19th to 21st April at Earls Court, London,"

Sellick went on to say that firms will continue to invest in information security technology as according to the 2010 Information Security Breaches Survey, after declining in number for the last few years, a new wave of security breaches is hitting UK organisations, costing them over 10 billion pounds per year. As a result security is now high on management's agenda and the recession has not dampened spending on security.

She went on to say "we have also seen an increase in enforcement of legislation and we can expect tougher legislation and penalties for organisations that fail to protect confidential data, as was predicted by the ICO at the show".

In the opening keynote David Smith, the Deputy Commissioner of the ICO, said that the NHS are responsible for one third of data breaches. He went on to say that, "there is every prospect that breach notification will become a legal requirement in the UK. Within 18 months, it's likely that ISPs and telecommunication companies will have to abide by this rule, and before too long, this same law will apply more widely."

Sellick went on to say "there was a real buzz around this year's show and new educational features including the Discussion Den and Security Workshops gave visitors free access to peer-to-peer discussions with IT security luminaries as well as thought leaders from SANS, ISACA, ISSA, ISF, ISAF, (ISC)2 and the BCS. In the keynote and seminar programme there was a plethora of CISOs, CIOs, CEOs and senior executives from enterprise, academia, and associations who passed on insights based on their personal experiences".

Scott Borg, Director and Chief Economist of the US Cyber Consequences Unit said, 'Infosecurity Europe has become a truly transatlantic event. It's a great forum for sharing ideas with colleagues from Britain and America, who face similar problems, but have different insights into how to tackle them.'

Bob Walder from Gartner said, "From an analyst perspective it has been a really good show. It's been a few years since I last attended and I am impressed with how international the show has become."

Lord Errol who joined the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame this year commented, "I met a lot of interesting people at Infosecurity Europe in its 15th year, there is a lot of change at the moment and this event helps remove the confusion. Like any new industry information security is still taking shape and we have a lot to resolve in the next 15 years. One of the immediate issues is the impact of the Digital Economy Act, which could close down a lot of public access WiFi, resulting in the loss of a ubiquitous connection to the internet which will be detrimental to Cloud Computing services."

Nigel Stanley, Practice Leader Security, Bloor Research commented, "As an analyst I find Infosecurity Europe the premier event of the year to meet vendors and update myself with the innovations coming out from the industry. Time well spent."

Ariel Avitan, Senior Analyst, Frost and Sullivan said, "Once again Infosecurity is the destination of choice for analysts looking to meet with vendors to get a good overall market perspective and overview of current and upcoming product developments and trends. Every year I come away armed with insights and information that would have taken weeks to gather elsewhere."

Bob Tarzey, Director, Quocirca, commented "Interesting and varied selection of vendors, informative and interactive keynote sessions, all in all a very positive experience."

Sellick continued "we look forward to Infosecurity Europe 2011 with great excitement" and added that the exhibitors were delighted with the show
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