Story image

Nearly 20,000 gather for 'Europe's biggest cybersecurity event'

06 Jun 2018

InfoSec Europe 2018 launched in London on June 5th and will continue through to the 7th.

There is expected to be in excess of 19,500 cybersecurity professionals from Europe and beyond crowded into the halls over the event’s duration to benefit from the region’s largest and most comprehensive conference programme with more than 400 exhibitors showcasing their wares.

Yesterday was opened with a keynote from former Talk Talk CEO Baroness Dido Harding to share her perspective on cybersecurity. She is certainly well qualified after leading the company through one of Britian’s most high-profile cyberattacks when the firm was fined £400,000 by data protection regulator the ICO.

“The digital world is a great thing but only if it is civilised. Transparency helps that civilisation and improves safety. Our generation is building the social, moral and legal scaffolding of the digital world,” says Baroness Harding.

“Both tech and commercial functions need to engage closely with each other and debate key issues openly in order to create the right rules and regulations, improve education and awareness, and develop the right culture for a strong digital world. CEOs need to spend quality time with their organisation’s brightest IT stars and learn what they are worried about. Cybersecurity is at the heart of this – it shouldn’t be all cloak and dagger, it should be a risk that is acknowledged and mitigated.”

Other speakers on the day (with many more to come over the coming two days) included Just Eat CISO Kevin Fielder, Vodafone group technology security director Emma Smith, LinkedIn CISO Corey Scott, and Sainsbury’s CISO Mun Valiji.

A new feature for the 2018 show is ‘Geek Street’, which the organisers have described as “as an immersive zone where information security practitioners will share technical research.” Day one saw the area as a hive of activity with presentations, hands-on challenges, lock-picking and more.

There is still many more to come and we’ll be onsite for the duration so stay tuned.

Opinion: Cybersecurity as a service answer to urgent change
Alan Calder believes a CSaaS model can enable a company to build a cyber resilience strategy in a coherent and consistent manner.
New threat rears its head in new malware report
Check Point’s researchers view Speakup as a significant threat, as it can be used to download and spread any malware.
Oracle updates enterprise blockchain platform
Oracle’s enterprise blockchain has been updated to include more capabilities to enhance development, integration, and deployment of customers’ new blockchain applications.
Used device market held back by lack of data security regulations
Mobile device users are sceptical about trading in their old device because they are concerned that data on those devices may be accessed or compromised after they hand it over.
Gartner names ExtraHop leader in network performance monitoring
ExtraHop provides enterprise cyber analytics that deliver security and performance from the inside out.
Symantec acquires zero trust innovator Luminate Security
Luminate’s Secure Access Cloud is supposedly natively constructed for a cloud-oriented, perimeter-less world.
Palo Alto releases new, feature-rich firewall
Palo Alto is calling it the ‘fastest-ever next-generation firewall’ with integrated cloud-based DNS Security service to stop attacks.
Facebook fights fake news ahead of Africa elections
“We also show related articles from fact-checkers for more context and notify users if a story they have shared is rated as false.”