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Editor's Blog and Industry Comments

Another good year for InfoSecurity Europe

30 April, 2008
Thirteen years after its launch, InfoSecurity continues to grow and plans to move to a larger venue next year.
It was obvious from the start that the high profile data losses of the past 12 years had spurred many into action and drove them to Britain's largest information security show at Olympia. The small venue was clearly popular from the start with throngs of people milling around the stands and the exhibitors enjoying considerable interest in everything ranging from standard anti-virus software to fully configurable unified threat management systems.

With what I believed to be a fairly conservative interview agenda, it quickly became obvious to me that the I hadn't got a chance of covering everything that I wanted to in the three short days that the exhibition had to offer. Having seen interest in mainstream computing exhibitions waning noticeably over a number of years, it was refreshing to see the dynamism of InfoSecurity Europe. Every vendor I visited was so full of enthusiasm and had so much that was innovative to demonstrate, that I was rarely on any one stand for less than an hour at a time.

This level of dynamic response is an indicator of the interest being shown by users in solving their security problems. There's still a lot of mystery surrounding the industry though and the "killer app" doesn't exist, leaving users with a bewildering array of threats and an equally bewildering range of solutions that might integrate into one easily controllable security console but probably won't.

For any user visiting the show looking for the right balance of budget, best of breed and overall manageability, they would have had a challenge since there was so much on offer in a baffling matrix of different security scenarios. For those faced with this kind of difficulty of choice, keep your eye on ProSecurityZone where we're planning to publish a vendor guide in the near future.

Meanwhile, with increase continuing to rise in the industry, InfoSecurity Europe is moving next year to Olympia's bigger neighbour, Earls Court â€" just one underground station away from this year's venue. Next year's dates are 28th â€" 30th April 2009 which is still a few days shorter than it should be.
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