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Infosecurity Europe 2019

Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre kicks off final day of keynotes

Futuresec series sees speakers take to the stage to discuss the future of information security

Visitor poll: 87% of infosecurity professionals are not confident that the UK has enough cybersecurity-skilled professionals to meet the growing demands of an increasingly digital economy

London, 06 June 2019: For the third and final day of Infosecurity Europe 2019 the future of information security, skills, people and innovation were the theme of the day. CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre, Ciaran Martin, returned to the show with a keynote speech on Defending the UK: The NCSC Vision for a more Secure UK. Visitors flocked to the keynote stage as Ciaran discussed the need to ‘focus on the fixes and not the fear’ and glamorisation of cybersecurity. The future of tech such as 5G and IoT were also top of the agenda with Ciaran noting that we have the ability to see things coming and should prepare for the next phase of the internet.

In addition, today saw the introduction of Futuresec, a series of events and sessions providing insight in careers in information security including advice on entering the profession and the skills required of a security team of the digital age. The information and cybersecurity industry is facing a massive skills shortage and Tom Hickling at ARM Security, moderator of the session Skills, Skills, Skills…Building the Security Team of the Future discussed some of the roles in highest demand here.

To coincide with the skills topic, Europe’s number one information security event carried out the third of its series of daily visitor polls, which asked the question: Are you confident the UK has enough cybersecurity-skilled professionals to meet the growing demands of an increasingly digital economy? 87% said that they were not confident.

Dan Raywood, Contributing Editor at Infosecurity Magazine also hosted a Talking Tactics Presentation on the State of Cybersecurity report discussing what security leaders believe are the key trends and focus areas driving the cybersecurity industry, now and in the future.

The afternoon saw Adam Banks, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Maersk who took to the keynote stage with an honest, personal account, practical insight and lessons learned from the NotPetya cyber-attack.

Proving popular on the exhibitor floors, visitors were given the chance to put their skills to the test with numerous activities and challenges on the stands, from target practice with Titania, mini golf at Thycotic, bowling with Ivanti and arcade action on the WhiteSource stand.

The event has also provided thousands of security professionals with the chance to earn CPE credits by attending the conference in order to maintain their CISSP certification. The requirements of CPE ensure that CISSP certification holders remain knowledgeable about the current industry developments.

Victoria Windsor, Group Content Manager at Infosecurity Group, says: “This year’s show has rivalled all others, the atmosphere has been amazing, exhibitor stands have been even more creative and innovative, and the speakers have been incredible, giving insight into a continually changing, evolving industry. The agenda of keynotes and other speaker sessions have been closely aligned with industry developments and our overarching theme of cybersecurity 4.0. The success of this year’s event proves that cybersecurity is, and continues to be, a massive global challenge and has given security professionals the opportunity to share knowledge, skills and tactics as they continue to tackle current cyber threats and future risks of our digital age.”

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About Infosecurity Europe
Strategically held annually in London, Europe's centre for technology start-up businesses, Infosecurity Europe is Europe’s largest and most comprehensive Information Security event. Featuring numerous analysts, policy experts, journalists and over 400 exhibitors, Infosecurity Europe presents an invaluable business platform, as well as staging the world’s largest complimentary conference programme containing 240+ free to attend conference sessions which have been accredited by leading industry associations (ISC)² and ISACA since 2012. The event attracts over 19,500 unique information security industry professionals attending from every segment of the industry and presents the most important date in the calendar for information security professionals across Europe. @Infosecurity #infosec19