Europe's most significant information security event
by Mirko Zorz - Editor in Chief - Thursday, 24 April 2014.
Joy-Fleur Brettschneider is the Group Marketing Manager at Reed Exhibitions - Infosecurity Group. In this interview she talks about the most significant European IT security event taking place next week in London - Infosecurity Europe.

Many regard Infosecurity Europe as the premier event for the security industry in Europe. How would you introduce the event to someone who hasn't attended yet?

Infosecurity Europe is the largest and most attended information security event in Europe. Held in central London, it is a free event featuring leading infosec industry vendors and service suppliers presenting their most diverse range of new products and services. In 2013, 99% of our visitors were satisfied with the fulfilment of their objective of seeing the industry players in one place.

One of four events in mainland Europe proudly using the Infosecurity brand (the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, UK), the UK exhibition, Infosecurity Europe, is the flagship event in the series and Europe's number one industry event for the EU region. It features more than 325 exhibitors from more than 25 countries, the most diverse range of new products and services, an authoritative conference programme with more than 125 full-to-capacity educational sessions and more than 13,000 unique visitors (ABC Audit) from every segment of the Government, public and private sectors.

Infosecurity Europe is the gathering place for the entire industry, facilitating meetings and networking opportunities between suppliers and active buyers. It provides a dedicated platform for the communities to build relationships, develop business opportunities and demonstrate product and service capabilities to a captive, engaged and highly professional audience. It is the most important date in the calendar for Information Security professionals across Europe from both the end-user and vendor communities.

There are many quality information security events all over the world. In your opinion, what makes Infosecurity Europe unique?

Infosecurity Europe has been working to continuously improve and support the industry moving forward, providing a free platform for professionals to meet with peers, develop and do business. We are trying to address all the needs of information security professionals under one roof, offering a wide range of formats to accommodate learning, networking and business preferences.

Infosecurity Europe, part of the Infosecurity Group, has 19 years of experience in providing knowledge and insight into the information security industry. All Infosecurity Group products are trusted and highly respected resources in the information security community. Our content is certified by (ISC)2 and ISACA, the industry’s leading certification bodies, as they have approved Infosecurity Group for continuing professional development; CISSPs and SSCPs have the opportunity to earn CPE credits for attending webinars, virtual conferences and the educational programme at Infosecurity Europe – a true reflection of the quality and value we offer.

What are the main themes for Infosecurity Europe this year?

The main theme for Infosecurity Europe in 2014 is “Security as a business enabler”, which we feel is a huge subject concerning most businesses today. Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the NSA’s surveillance activities were one of the biggest news stories of 2013. The reverberations of these revelations continue to echo across both the international political and business landscapes, hampering trust between nations and between government and industry. As a consequence, privacy, trust and the security of personal data have been thrust into the minds of individuals and organisations alike.

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