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The British Computer Society (BCS), the professional society for people in the IT industry, will host three free seminar sessions and exhibit this year at Networks for Business 2003. The seminar sessions, to be held in Concourse Suite 33, will address the topics of ¡¥Information Security for small and very small businesses¡¦, ¡¥European Computer Driving License (ECDL)¡¦ and ¡¥So you want to become a Chief Information Officer?¡¦ followed by ¡¥Organisational Politics ¡V learn how to play the Board¡¦. The seminars will be held as part of Networks for Business, 24-26 June 2003, at the Birmingham NEC, Birmingham UK.

The details regarding the seminar sessions are as follows: -

Information Security for small and very small businesses
The need for small businesses to implement effective information security processes has been identified in many studies on security. The current standards appear to be burdensome to the small business particularly in the volume of documentation required to comply. Small infers to organisations running less than 10 PCs with off the shelf packages to support the whole business, with a website, with no IT staff, IT support being provided by a local dealer, and where the focus and priority for management is building the business and maintaining happy customers.

The session will be in three parts:
What you should ask about security and why
What you should check to establish whether your security is working
What to do when your security is breached

European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
ECDL is an internationally recognised qualification that enables people to demonstrate their competence in computer skills. ECDL aims to raise the general level of competency in Information Communication Technology (ICT), improve productivity at work, reduce ICT support costs, enable employers to invest more efficiently in ICT and ensure that best practice and quality issues are understood and implemented.

Acceptance of ECDL continues to grow strongly. Already companies such as HSBC, 3M, Bank of England, Pfizer, and IBM, have major initiatives to qualify their staff computer skills with ECDL. There is also strong support in the Public sector with the NHS (adopting ECDL as the reference standard for computer skills), the MoD, Cabinet Office, and a number of regional authorities also working to improve the delivery of their services through the better use of IT.

ECDL Advanced is designed to progress the computer skills benchmark to the next level of competence. It tests an individuals competence at a much higher level. It is modular and a certificate is awarded for successfully passing the test for each module.

So you want to become a Chief Information Officer
Not certain whether there are any differences between the roles of a CIO and an IT Director and, if there are - what are they And in any event, what exactly is a CEO really looking for in either position and how can you make a big impact Roger Ellis, Managing Director of consultancy firm Black Raven Limited, and a former IT Director for Blue Circle Industries, as well as past Chairman of BCS ELITE Directors Forum, will explore the differences, discuss the characteristics of a good CIO, indicate why networking is considered so important and how to go about it. His talk should prove of interest to any aspiring IT Manager or Director.

followed by:

Organisational Politics ¡V learn how to play the Board
Dr. Robina Chatham spent many years lecturing in Management Information Systems at the Cranfield School of Management and is now an independent consultant as well as a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield. Prior to Cranfield she also served as European IT Director for a leading merchant bank. Her talk is entitled "Organisational Politics - learn how to play the Board".

Jane Murphy, Portfolio Director of Networks for Business commented, "We are delighted to be able to welcome the BCS to Networks for Business and give our visitors another practical educational opportunity to learn more about key issues and solutions for them and their careers. ¡§

For further information about these sessions and Networks for Business 2003; and to register for free entry, visit www.networksforbusiness.com.

Notes to Editors:
About Networks for Business
Networks for Business 2003, supported by The Times, will take place at the Birmingham NEC from 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 25-27 June 2002. Over 190 exhibitors and 11,559 people (ABC Audited) attended the event. Further information and to register for free entry, visit www.networksforbusiness.com

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. CMPi¡¦s current successful products include CCF magazine (Call Centre Focus); Networks for Business, GeoSolutions, GeoNorth, Technology For Marketing incorporating Technology For Customer Service and Technology For Sales, 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 the BCS
As the only Chartered Professional Institution for the field of information systems engineering, the British Computer Society (BCS) exists to provide service and support to the ICT community, including individual practitioners, employers of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) staff and the general public.

The BCS is the leading professional body for ICT specialists, with almost 40,000 members world wide. We assist individuals in their career progression through our comprehensive range of ICT focused examinations programme. We also assist Great Britain plc to maximise its return from effective IT management and the business opportunities which flow from it. The BCS understands the responsibility that ICT professionals share in ensuring the public are able to enjoy the benefits that newly developed technology brings without being exposed to risk or harm through its use. Our mission is to ensure that ICT should be recognised fully as a dynamic and attractive profession.

Press Contact: Toni Cullen, Tel: +44 (0)20 7921 8518, email: tcullen@cmpinformation.com

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