Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Infosecurity Europe

If you're the type of person who enjoys the company of middle-aged men in suits then Infosecurity Europe should probably be near the top of your list of conferences to attend. I last visited the show about 10 years ago when it was held in Olympia (Kensington, London) but it has since moved to a larger venue at Earls Court.

Infosecurity is very much the corporate face of the computer security industry and anyone who's visited or worked on one of the exhibitor stands will be familiar with the commercial heart of the event. There is more to it than just vendors, though, namely a series of free to attend talks, seminars and round-table discussions. Unless you're a large customer looking to develop pre-sales contacts or you're interested in learning more about a particular product I suspect the seminars are what you're going to get the most out of at Infosecurity.

So, what about forensics? Is there anything of interest to the forensic investigator as opposed to the computer security professional? Well, leaving aside the obvious benefits of learning more about a closely related discipline (cross-training for geeks, if you like) there are some highly relevant talks on the agenda:

"Who Should Police the Global Internet?"
"A Look at Global Encryption Deployment and Usage Trends"
"Anatomy of a Database Attack Through Forensics Analysis"
"The Dynamics of e-Crime"

Overall, though, Infosecurity does exactly what it says on the tin and caters first and foremost for corporate security professionals. I'll report back on some of the seminars I manage to see - right now I need to navigate my way to the other side of the hall avoiding as many sales pitches as possible (including those for the 10 minute massage!)


Sean. said...

I have just returned from InfoSec. First time I have attended, I was expecting loads of sales people there trying to sell all there products. I saw a number of talks such as the one from Verizon which I thought was interesting and a number of others.

Did you manage to attend many?

Oh and I managed to get a free IronKey :)

Jamie said...

Congrats on getting the Ironkey! I managed to catch the CEO's presentation - good stuff.