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Award Opportunity: Submit your entries to the SC Awards by January 16th!

January 9, 2015

By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

SC Awards 2015

Infosec players have just a week left to enter

Is your company or client dedicated to infosecurity? If you have a top class cloud computing security solution, fraud prevention solution, mobile security invention – or any other infosecurity service for that matter – then the SC Awards Europe could be for you!

The European awards welcome all information security vendors, service providers and professionals – split into three main categories of Threat Solutions, Industry Leadership and Professional Awards.

Sub-categories include…

  • Best Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Protection
  • Best Computer Forensic Solution
  • Best Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) Solution
  • Best Email Security Solution
  • Best Web Content Management Solution
  • Best Emerging Technology
  • Best Security Team

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@CyberSec_EXPO call for speakers deadline 7th April

March 28, 2014

By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O




In its first year, Cyber Security EXPO, part of IP EXPO Europe 2014, is in search of senior information security and technology experts to present at this targeted information security event. According to the event’s Content Director Mike England, “Cyber Security EXPO will delve into the issues set to disrupt the status quo in cyber security thinking with a view to providing visitors with a real understanding of the challenges that are impacting on their organisations.”

Taking place from 8th – 9th October 2014 at ExCeL London, Cyber Security EXPO will incorporate a dedicated CISO conference plus education theatres and a significant exhibition. It will examine major themes, including:

  • Internet & Network Security
  • Fighting Cyber-Crime
  • Log Data & Advanced Analytics
  • Identity & Privacy Protection
  • Cloud Security & Governance
  • Mobile Device Management

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Q&A with Andrew Seldon, Editor, Hi-Tech Security Solutions

March 12, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Andrew Seldon is Editor of Hi-Tech Security Solutions, a leading IT security publication based in South Africa.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I spend way too much time reading scifi, talking to my cat and feeling guilty that I should be out having a life. Apart from that, I love IT (I started out with a BSc in Computer Science before something made me get into IT journalism).

The security industry is a good fit for my natural paranoia and it is changing fast, much like the IT world of the late 90s. Since I have an IT background, these changes are quite exciting for me.

Q. Tell us a bit about the titles you write for and their interest in IT security: 

Hi-Tech Security Solutions is a magazine that was started about 15 years ago to focus on the physical security world. Today, however, IT is playing a larger role in traditional security – so much so that some IT integrators are seeing security as another function of IT. Because of this, we’ve expanded our scope to still include the traditional security market, but also the IT/network security field.

This means that some of the primary issues around virtualisation/cloud/mobile adoption are now in our arena because none of these solutions will work if not secured – well, they will work, but not quite as painlessly as one would like.

Storage also fits into our segment. As IT starts managing the security function and using their networks to transport video, it will have to start managing the storage and analysis of enormous amounts of video.

Q. What’s “hot” in IT security this year? 

There are a few hotspots at the moment.

In surveillance the two areas everyone is getting excited about are the ability to record footage that is clear enough for you to use in court (which doesn’t seem to be as easy as it should be); and video analytics, as it’s far better to let technology monitor cameras and only involve humans when motion is detected or some alarm event is triggered.

In IT security, people have realised that the greatest threat to your business information is from insiders, not hackers. One of the statistics I love is that 25% of people will always be honest and ethical, 25% will always be criminally inclined and will take any opportunity when they can, and the other 50% can be swayed either way. I guess this means business leaders need to set the example of ethical and honest conduct to keep the undecided half on the right track – which doesn’t bode well for the financial industry.

Q. How many events do you attend each year? 

The primary ones for me are IFSEC in the UK and South Africa, Retail Risk and iLegal.

Q. Which one(s) are you most looking forward to? 

IFSEC is always fun – as long as you don’t exhibit, then it’s stressful.

Q. What types of stories or companies are likely to attract your attention this year? 

We cover the usual range of stories, from news and products in the security field through to trends and thought leadership pieces from all sectors within the security market. We also find case studies from various verticals are popular with readers.

Q. How many interviews do you do per week? 

 It’s difficult to say. However many are required.

 Q. What’s the best way to pitch a story to you?

E-mail is always the best. I generally respond within a week or two.

Q. Is there anything PRs and vendors should bear in mind when pitching or briefing you vis a vis your being based in South Africa?

We always want a local angle, although international case studies and best practices are also important. And also remember that South Africa isn’t the back of beyond.

Q. What is the best piece of advice for companies pitching stories?

Just pitch them. Email is the best way. There’s more chance of success if they’re aimed at whatever we’re working on for that issue. The media profile is at

Q. What are your favourite blogs?

There are many good ones out there. My favourite changes depending on which one has the best story that day/week. Schneier and Brenner are regular reads, among others. There are a few interesting sources from South Africa too.

Q. What is your favourite piece of technology?

My Samsung tablet is the favourite child.

Q. What do you think is the most important development in IT to date? 

In the security market, the growth of IP-based systems and solutions has and will change the industry tremendously. It’s an exciting time to be in this industry.

Q. What was the best press trip you’ve ever been on? Worst? Why?

Best was a trip to HYT (now Hytera) in China. The organisation and people I was with were fantastic. They made it an unforgettable experience. Apart from that, the company made the right people available so you could ask anything and find out more than you ever wanted to know.

Second best was with JD Edwards (before Oracle) in London. They used to have a cool CEO.

Third best was a trip to Germany with Konica Minolta. The event ended the day before the rugby world cup final so the organisers stopped in London the next day so we could watch it in a pub there. We beat England J. I think we also met with a few VPs and whatever.

Worst was with IBM to Frankfurt. The organisation sucked.

Q. What’s your favourite restaurant? (Or type of food?)

Parker’s Grill in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Somehow they have kept up their superb quality of food for years. Never an unhappy meal.

 Q. Are you a social media lover? Which ones are you on? FB? LinkedIn? Twitter?

I’m on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. The first two are my primary social media sites. Facebook is like the town gossip that’s always got something to say about everyone.

Q. Tell us something no one knows about you.

I was once asked to be a guest lecturer in Total Quality Management at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. I don’t know why either. Oh, and I once played Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Show.

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#RSAC exclusive: Q & A with @InfosecEditor AKA Eleanor Dallaway, Editor of Infosecurity Magazine

March 8, 2012

Eleanor at the tea room enjoying a traditional English tea California style

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

At RSA in San Francisco last week, we were fortunate enough to grab a bite with Eleanor Dallaway, Editor and Associate Publisher of Infosecurity Magazine, which was recently rebranded and relaunched. Our lunch and learn was an excellent opportunity to find out more about Eleanor and her publication. This is what we learned over our cream tea in the Yerba Buena Gardens above the Moscone Center.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I’ve been on Infosecurity Magazine for six years, and I’ve been Editor for nearly four of those years. I have also been associate publisher of the magazine for almost a year, which means I serve as a bridge between the commercial side and the editorial team.

When I started with Elsevier, the publishing company that owned Infosecurity Magazine, I was also working on Metal Powder Report — quite an eye-opener after covering things like alcoholism and other student-related issues for Label, a lifestyle publication with links to Loughborough University, where I studied English. Before Label, I got journalism experience on the news desk and then features desk for a local newspaper, the Leicester Mercury.

 Q. Tell us a little bit about Infosecurity Magazine

Infosecurity Magazine focuses on the business and strategy side of infosecurity. It doesn’t do product reviews, for example. Instead we look at how security integrates into the business. We are very end user focused. Read the rest of this entry ?


New UK channel publication launches. Will Channelbiz be the biz for the infosec channel?

March 5, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Today sees the launch of, a pure play daily online channel magazine that is set to break the mould, from NetMediaEurope – the leading online IT publishing house.


According to NetMediaEurope’s announcement. Channelbiz is a channel title with a difference, because in addition to covering breaking news, the site aims to demonstrate to distributors and resellers the benefits in using emerging and nascent technologies to cut costs and to add those extra points to the bottom line.


The magazine will provide pithy comment pieces, interviews with important senior managers in the industry, and leading edge technology profiles.


The launch editor is Mike Magee, a channel veteran who also founded The Register and the Inquirer – both highly successful tech web magazines. Mike will manage a team of freelancers to produce lively, informative and valuable information for the channel. He continues to be editor in chief of, which has formed a strategic partnership with NetMediaEurope. Mike worked on both Microscope and PC Dealer (CRN) in the past, and also worked as marketing director of a corporate reseller in the 1980s.


Commenting on the launch, Dominique Busso, CEO at NetMediaEurope, said: “We are excited to launch, and believe it will be well received, given the success of the brand already across Europe.


“Through this launch, NetMediaEurope UK now provides the most comprehensive offering to IT audiences.”


At a launch event for, on the 15th of March at the Soho Hotel, NetMediaEurope will present qualitative and quantitative research on major trends in the channel and threats and opportunities that will affect the nature of both distribution and reselling. Interviews were conducted with 100 CIOs, CTOs, IT managers and with 15 vendors, distributors, VARs and end users and topics covered includes SaaS adoption rates, managed services and converged IP data.


The research, conducted by Paul Briggs CEO of Media Mantra Ltd (former editor of CRN, and a reporter for Microscope), and Thierry Hamelin of NetMediaEurope, explores two topics – reinventing the UK channel business model in the cloud era and IT procurement methods in 2012.


After the introduction to Channelbiz at the launch, there will be a lively and interactive panel discussion with panellists Malcolm Penn, CEO of Future Horizons and Clive Longbottom, service director of Quocirca Limited, moderated by Mike Magee.


The Launchpad team will be catching up with the new team at Channelbiz to find out more. Stay tuned!


Editor Eleanor Dallaway on the new rebrand of Infosecurity Magazine ahead of #RSAC

February 23, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Infosecurity Magazine‘s Editor and Associate Publisher, Eleanor Dallaway, on film re: their relaunch:

Eleanor explains how the new darker image of Infosecurity reflects the increase in the magazine’s coverage of cyber threat news.

We’ll be interviewing Eleanor next week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Keep an eye on the blog for our interview with Eleanor here very soon.

Looking forward to seeing you at RSA!


Up close and personal Q and A with infosecurity Security Watch blogger @BrianHonan, a diamond from the Emerald Isle

January 18, 2012

By Rose Ross (@Rose_at_0)

As 2012 dawns, we have had the pleasure of getting an audience with renowned infosecurity blogger, Brian Honan. Keep an eye out for his blog SecurityWatch if you aren’t already a fan.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am an independent information security consultant based out of Dublin Ireland.  When not providing services to my clients I enjoy writing articles for various magazines, blogging to my own site and now to Infosecurity Magazine Blogs, editing the SANS NewsBites and writing the occasional books are one way that I can articulate some of my ideas and reach a wider audience.  I believe that a key element in our battle against criminals is sharing knowledge and information.  I don’t pretend to know all the answers but if some of what I write makes people think differently, discuss an issue in more detail or look at an issue in a different way, then it is worth the time and effort put into the piece.  I have also published and contributed to numerous whitepapers on information security and also speak regularly at various conferences and seminars.  I also founded and run Ireland’s Computer Emergency Response Team, IRISSCERT

Q. Tell us a little bit about the blogs you write for and their interest in data security.

My own blog, SecurityWatch, is where I do a lot of my posting.  Although, of late my rate of posting has dropped off.  Likewise I used to regularly blog to the Infosecurity Magazine blog but have not done so in a while.  One of my resolutions this year is to address this deficit and update both blogs more regularly.   SecurityWatch is my own company’s blog so I use it to make people aware of some of the work we do, new industry initiatives, upcoming security events and also post some of my musings on information security.  Infosecurity Magazine is one of the industry’s leading publications on information security and I tend to post more strategic or information security management issues.

Q. What’s hot in IT security this year?

I always worry when people focus on what is hot in IT security.  My concern is that if we look at what is hot we tend to overlook the basics which in turn can lead to system compromises.  However, providing organisations continue to take a risk based approach and address the basic disciplines in information security then the areas I see being hot this year are the consumerisation of IT, cloud computing, hacktivism and security awareness.  Consumerisation of IT covers not just allowing employees to use their smartphones, tablets or personal PCs to work on but also personal services such as personal email accounts, file sharing solutions, online collaboration tools and social networks.  Given the ease of use with these devices and services and also how tech savvy many people are today, those responsible for security can no longer simply ignore this issue and need to see how best to integrate into their work place and manage the associated risks.  Cloud computing will continue apace this year and as more and more business people see the benefits that the cloud can bring, IT security needs to grasp this nettle and ensure cloud is embraced into their organisations in a secure manner or they will be simply bypassed by the business.  Remember you do not need to be technical anymore to deploy and use many cloud services.  You simply need a credit card and a mouse.  Anonymous and other groups such as Lulzsec have focused the spotlight in 2011 onto hactivism with many major organisations hitting the headlines as a result, for all the wrong reasons.  However, while hacktivism is nothing new the increasing media exposure to the likes of Anonymous is encouraging many others to come forward and use the Internet as a means to demonstrate their displeasure at the way companies, individuals or governments are behaving.  So I see an increase in these type of attacks this year and already we are seeing an example of this with the tit for tat exchanges that are currently happening between activists in Israel and Saudi Arabia.  In order to help minimise the risk of the above topics and to address the traditional and on-going threats we face I see many organisations looking at how to better educate their users to be more aware of information security risks and how to deal with them.

Q. How many security events do you attend each year?

I try and attend as many as I can, work permitting.  Being based in Ireland means that for many major events I have to travel so I have to be rather choosy on which ones I go to.  I always make sure that each year I get to attend both Infosec Europe and RSA Europe.  I find these are great events to get to meet others in the industry and to keep up to date with what is going on.  Last year I attended and spoke at BsidesLondon and found it to be an excellent event and hope to attend again this year.  I also run the Irish CERT’s Annual Cybercrime conference in November and it is fast becoming one of the top security events in Ireland.  I also look to attend local chapter events for organisations such as ISSA, ISACA and OWASP.  These events are excellent in allowing people to network with their peers in the local area and to discuss issues of common interest.  If you cannot get to attend any of the major events I would strongly recommend people look towards their local ISSA, ISACA and OWASP chapters for their events.

Q. Which one are you most looking forward to?

I look forward to Infosec Europe and RSA Europe a lot as I get to meet friends and peers that I may not see as regularly as I wish.  It is often a chance to meet with new people or to come across a new product idea or interesting speaker.  While it requires a lot of work, the Irish CERT Cybercrime conference is also a favourite as it is an opportunity for us to invite great speakers to address an Irish audience and for those attending to network with each other.

Q. What types of stories or companies are likely to attract your attention this year?

Those that look at addressing the basic issues in IT security and look to engage with the community on dealing with those issues.  This approach though is not attractive to many in marketing as it requires investing time and resources in building up relationships and  can be a long slow burn to achieve any direct results.  But from the organisations I have seen take this approach the dividends gained can be quite large.

Q. What’s the best way to pitch a story to you? Email? Phone? Twitter? By mail?

Email is the best contact, brian.honan(at)bhconsulting(dot)ie or via Twitter @brianhonan.

Q. Who is worth listening to (about IT security) and what’s your favourite blog?

Those that are engaged in the trenches in dealing with IT security issues and tend not to put a marketing or sales spin onto the topic.  A good list of people on Twitter to follow is Tripwire’s Top 25 Influential People to Follow on Twitter

Q. What is your favourite piece of technology?

The Internet, I know it is composed of many different technologies but when you think about how it has changed our lives, both personal and business, it is amazing.

Q. What do you think is the most important development in IT security to date?

I think one of the most important developments in IT security to date is the information sharing forums or groups that have been set up to help organisations, both private and public, to share information and intelligence on criminal activities and devise strategies on how to address them.  While technology will help us tackle some of these threats, it is humans at the end of the day who are actually posing the threats and it will be humans working for the common good that ultimately can best address those threats.   So the setting up and running of the first CERT, CERT/CC, was a major forwarding initiative and one that is still paying dividends today.

Q. What is the best piece of advice for companies pitching stories?

Avoid the FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) approach, the sky is not going to fall if someone does not use your product/service.  Yes do highlight the issue but address it in a pragmatic way.  Also don’t brand your solution to solve the latest security buzzword or that your product could have prevented the latest headline security breach.

Q. Are you a social media lover? Which ones are you on? FB? LinkedIn? Twitter?

I love social media as it provides me with the opportunity to keep in touch with friends and peers and access the thoughts of some of the best minds in the industry. While I have a profile on Facebook I am not as active there as I very wary about the way Facebook deals with the privacy of its users.  I am very active on Twitter (@brianhonan) and LinkedIn (

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