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IT Security high on free conference agenda, organised by InterForum.

London. InterForum, the not for profit organisation that helps British business trade electronically and Networks for Business will host free IT security conference sessions for all visitors to attend at The Hub during the 2003 event. Interactive sessions and conference presentations regarding IT security will be held on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th June. Networks for Business 2003 will run from 24-26 June at the Birmingham NEC, UK.

The workshop and conference programme will run as follows:-

Tuesday, 24th June.

10:15 - 11:30. Combating Serious & Organised Crime, presented by John Lyons, Crime Reduction Coordinator & Tony Neate, Industry Liaison Officer, National Hi-Tech Crime Unit.

The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) was launched in April 2001 as part of the UK Governments initiative to combat serious and organised computer and Internet-based crime. The Unit is the first UK multi-agency national law enforcement organisation of its type. This interactive session will focus upon the measures, which the NHTCU has put in place to assist UK industry in the fight against hi-tech criminality.

Explore the impact of hi-tech crime on UK business
Understand the role that intelligence plays in combating serious and organised hi-tech crime and how the NHTCU can work with you on combating it
Learn about the NHTCUs Confidentiality Charterand examine what it means to business leaders
Identify what are the most important issues to a company when it becomes a victim of hi-tech criminality
Find out what steps businesses can take to minimise the effect of hi-tech attack
Get tips on innovative new measures you can put in place to ensure that your company is prepared against the threat of a hi-tech attack

Wednesday, 25th June.

13:50- 14:30. The Threat to eBusiness in the 21st Century, presented by David Love, Chairman of InterForum e-Security Group.

Learn why IT security is now more a business than a technical issue
Get a better understanding of the total threat to eBusiness, and what you can do to minimise it
Understand the need for integrated security architectures to provide protection against sophisticated attack
Gain insight into the role of security within enterprise management in the computing environment and the benefits it delivers to your organisation

14:35 15:05. Hi-Tech Crime The Impact on UK Business , presented by - John Lyons, Crime

Reduction Coordinator, National Hi-Tech Crime Unit

Discover the results from the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit(NHTCU) NOP commissioned survey of the impact of hi-tech crime on UK businesses, and receive a copy of the report which outlines the findings in the following areas:

Profile of companies involved
The scope of computer / Internet-related crime
Decision making by companies
External agency involvement
Communications & Conclusions
Learn the latest information on hi-tech crime threats and trends, and what measures you can take to minimise the effects of such attacks on your business
Delegates will receive a copy of the NHTCUConfidentiality Charter The NHTCU working with business&which outlines how the NHTCU will work with your businesses on reporting hi-tech crime or intelligence of hi-tech attacks

15:10 16:15. Security Architectures in Wireless and Mobile Networks, presented by Dr. Ray Hunt, Associate Professor specialising in Networks and Security, Department of Computer Science, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Gain insight into the issues and security risks posed in using Wireless LANs
Learn about the improvements made by existing and proposed Wireless LAN security technologies over earlier standards
Identify what security requirements are needed to support application services over Wireless LAN networks
Examine the performance and operational impact of using Wireless LAN security systems to the support of a variety of application services

15:45 16:15. Future Challenges in Information Security, presented by Dr. Sadie Creese, Technical Manager of Security Assurance, QinetiQ.

Discover what future ambient intelligence environments may look like
Hear about new types of intelligent interfaces, networks and services being developed.
Explore what threats such future environments might pose to your information security
Learn about current research into future information protection technologies and how it can help you safeguard your business.

16:20 17:00. Panel Question Time: The opportunity for delegates to pose questions to the expert panel. Panellists include: David Love, Chairman of InterForum e-Security Group, John Lyons, National High Tech Crimes Unit, Dr. Steven Marsh, Dr. Ray Hunt and Sadie Creese, Qnetics

David Love, Chairman, InterForum e-Security Group comments, "Networks for Business and InterForum are delighted to be able to welcome such high-profile experts within the IT Security field to present at The Hub this year. With the multitude of issues and amount of company spend on IT security, visitors will find each of the presentations highly informative and compulsory listening. The value each visitor will gain from attending will be invaluable to their business and will influence how organisations conduct themselves when implementing their own IT security application

For more information about the conference and to register to attend Networks for Business 2003, please visit


Notes to Editors

(1) The organiser reserves the right to make changes or alterations to the programme without notice.

About Networks for Business 2003, endorsed by The Times
Networks for Business 2003 will take place at the Birmingham NEC, UK from the 24-26 June 2003. Networks for Business 2002 (formerly networks telecom europe 2002) was held in Halls 17-20 at the Birmingham NEC, UK. It ran from 25th-27th June 2002. Over 190 exhibitors and 11,559 people (ABC Audited) attended the event. Further information and to register for free entry, please visit

About CMP Information - IT & Games Division

CMPi's IT & Games Division has more than 20 years of experience in producing industry leading, business-to-business events and publications that reflect the rapidly changing and diverse high-tech markets. It remains at the forefront of the industry by continuously developing existing events and adding new products to its portfolio. CMPicurrent successful products include CCF magazine (Call Centre Focus); Networks for Business, GeoSolutions, GeoNorth, Technology For Marketing incorporating Technology For Sales and Technology For Customer Service, ECTS, GDCE, SCoRE, Call Centre Expo UK and Call Center Expo Europe events; The Call Centre DataFile, Call Centre Management Yearbook, CMP Intelligent Marketing, CMP Interactive events and the Call Center Media Portal.

About InterForum is a not for profit campaign group of companies that helps British businesses to trade electronically. All of InterForum's activities are governed by the need to raise awareness of the many business opportunities and challenges presented by new information and communications technologies (such as the Internet).

InterForum works to ensure that education, legislation and technology are in place to help British businesses to profit from the digital economy. Members of InterForum's governing charter and business council's are drawn from suppliers and user's of information and communication technologies and, excluding governing departments, have a combined UK revenue exceeding £100bn.

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