Monday, May 05, 2014
Three Takeaways from Infosecurity Europe 2014
After another successful event, let's review the trends from this year.
News and Events
We had another great appearance at Infosecurity Europe 2014. Once again, some of the brightest minds in information security converged on Earls Court in London. Next year, on the event’s 20th anniversary, it will be held at Olympia London.
During the show, we hosted a roundtable discussion featuring topics like security, privacy, and the Heartbleed vulnerability, released a survey about the damaging effects of system downtime, and announced the upcoming release of EFT™ version 7, due the first week of July.
NSA surveillance, privacy reform, and cybercrime defense were all trending topics at Infosec this year. In light of all of this, the following three takeaways stood out at Infosec 2014:
A Need to Reassess Privacy Laws: Troels Oerting, head of the European Cybercrime Centre Centre (EC3) and assistant director for the operations department at Europol, the EU's law enforcement agency, said, "If you download anything for free, then you're the product; nothing is free." In the wake of new technology and the ease in which government organizations and others have access to corporate data, there’s a pressing need for new legal standards for protection.
Security as a Business Enabler: Security is here to stay. Every week the headlines are filled with news about breached organizations, and these are only the breaches that have been reported. Security and business objectives are no longer mutually exclusive. If organizations are going to become and stay prosperous, they need to pay attention to security.
Security as a Community Effort: Security affects all stakeholders in an organization from the customer, to the frontline employees, to the C-suite executives. As such, all stakeholders need to be informed about their security responsibilities and the importance of their actions. Ensuring the security of sensitive data and information resources is a much less daunting task when it's a team effort.
Security is not a quick solution and is not a checklist. It takes commitment from stakeholders as well as guidance from regulatory bodies to establish frameworks for successful security policies.
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