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Blogging community for information security personnel

InfoSecurity Europe : 30 June, 2008  (Company News)
InfoSecurity Europe launches community site for information security experts to exchange views on the latest threats
The team behind the popular Infosecurity Europe show - held in London every spring - has launched an online interactive security forum for the Infosecurity industry with advice, forums, blogs, career path, ask the experts, Q&A and other resources for everyone involved in the challenges of information security. The key difference from other sites is not about the latest news, it is a community where all the content is created by and for the benefit of the global infosecurity community.

'The Infosecurity Adviser portal contains a wide variety of resources, including top-quality blogs, all of which are designed to keep computer users up to date on current and future events in the IT security industry. Registered users of the site can get involved by posing questions to members of the "Ask the Expert" panel, on the forum, add a product review on a technology they have used or comment on any of the content created by the community.' said Claire Sellick, event director of Infosecurity Europe.

The most active bloggers at the moment are Members of the Information Security Awareness Forum Board including, Dr David King ISSA chair of the ISAF; Peter Wenham, CISSP from the Communications Management Association, Andy Jones, CISSP from the Information Security Forum; also Jon Collins, Service Director with analyst firm Freeform Dynamics and Chris Potter a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. The 2 top rated blogs at the moment are "Top down awareness" by ISAF Blog team member Peter Wenham and "Security awareness - the next generation" by Chris Potter from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

'We also have an exclusive 'Ask the Experts' section of the site where users can get free advice from industry experts,' Sellick added.

According to Sellick, thanks to the support of the Information Security Awareness Forum and a number of other IT security bodies, the Infosecurity Adviser portal can offer all types of computer users information and resources that will keep them informed on the many aspects of information security they need.

'The site's crisp and concise manner, together with regular updates from a flotilla of industry experts, means that we expect the portal to become a must-visit resource on the Web in a short space of time,' she said.

Infosecurity Advisor is supported by the Information Security Advisory Forum (ISAF). Dr David King, ISSA UK and Chair of the Information Security Awareness Forum said, 'The new Infosecurity Advisor Portal will help to bring together expertise and advice to those who have questions around information security. This in turn will help to promote security awareness. The Information Security Awareness Forum supports this initiative and welcomes the bringing together of different elements of the industry through the portal mechanism. The awareness forum is also supporting the portal through its blog which is available on the portal website.'

Raj Samani, ISSA-UK VP of Comms, "Sometimes you can be left with problems which Google simply cannot answer! It is therefore refreshing to see something out there which can provide practical help to problems which can sometimes seem impossible to deal with on your own."

"The IT security industry is an industry in transition. For this reason as much as any, it's great to have a place where industry experts and security professionals on the front line can have a clear and open exchange of views. It's both useful in its own right, and it all helps move the debate forward." Said Jon Collins, Service Director with analyst firm Freeform Dynamics

'In my experience, the information security community comes up with some really good questions. I'm looking forwards to the online community being a great way for us all to share experience and get to the answers!', said Chris Potter Partner PwC

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