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Security stakes soar

By , ITWeb
30 Jan 2014

Security stakes soar

Security has never been more front-of-mind for enterprises. Security practitioners are facing highly skilled adversaries, from organised crime to nation states, alongside the daily ad hoc attacks and insider threats.

“But the everyday nature of information security professionals’ jobs remains the same: to minimise risk, safeguard digital assets and maximise business benefit,” says Jon Tullett, senior editor: news analysis, at ITWeb.

“The annual ITWeb Security Summit is a unique South African event dedicated to assisting them to do just that. The event has been hosting the leading figures in IT security, both locally and internationally, for nine years. It has earned a reputation for high quality content for both technical security personnel; and for managers with a security or risk remit. This year will be no different, except that the industry is starting to realise, in the wake of incidents like the Snowden leaks and the Target breaches, that the stakes have never been so high and the adversaries so accomplished. Couple that with local emerging legislation, and the game-changing technologies in mobile and cloud, and we have the stage set for a must-see security event this year.”

Delegate registration for the summit, which will provide a comprehensive update on information security from both a global and local perspective, has opened – with over 650 infosec practitioners expected to attend.

Keynote speakers at the two-day conference include Jacob Appelbaum, independent computer security researcher, hacker and core member of the Tor project; and Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist and senior policy analyst with the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. Joining them to deliver international keynotes are Charlie Miller, security engineer at Twitter; and Haroon Meer, founder of Thinkst.

Delegates at the summit will be able to attend the much-anticipated car hacking demonstration by Miller and Chris Valasek, security intelligence director at IOActive.

Tailored tracks at the event will enable delegates to select sessions of particular relevance to their roles within the enterprise. They cover governance and management, and privacy and data protection, as well as a state-of-the-nation offensive landscape update, and a track on offensive techniques and tools.

Event sponsor Performanta will support a ‘how to’ track, where presentations by seasoned infosec practitioners will provide practical, hands-on, actionable insights. Case studies here will show how to successfully tackle strategy and design, implementation and operations.

In addition to two days of local and international insights and case studies, the Security Summit will deliver workshops, an expo and a cocktail event, aiming to give delegates every opportunity to network and gain usable knowledge.

The ITWeb Security Summit 2014 takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from 27 to 29 May. Click here to find out more and to pre-register.

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