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Infosecurity Europe Call for Papers Deadline Approaching

December 10, 2012

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

Confirmed exhibitors at Infosecurity Europe 2013 have just two days left to prepare their speaker submissions. The official call for papers is available here. Don’t worry if you’re having trouble narrowing down your speaking topics to just one: Each company may submit a maximum of three speaker submissions. Just remember to keep your pitches vendor-neutral, because sales and product pitches will not be accepted. A guidance document with advice on preparing your submissions is available here. The deadline is this Wednesday, 12th December.


#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 ?


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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What’s on in Infosec? Has TechWeekEurope just launched the ultimate UK events channel?

January 17, 2012


TechWeekEurope UK, the business IT website, has launched an Events channel, giving a comprehensive run down of events for professionals in the IT sector – including of course Infosec related events.


The Events channel gathers in one place a wealth of information, giving the UK’s tech community a single source for a detailed view of IT happenings. It covers exhibitions, conferences, workshops, seminars and training events for IT, marketing and PR professionals in the UK. All the listings contain full details and contacts, and can be viewed as a list or on a calendar.


“Despite the current economic climate, the UK’s IT sector still has a huge demand for education and information, provided by a thriving events community,” said Peter Judge, Editor of TechWeekEurope UK. “Our new channel aims to give users access to the events and training they need.”


Each event has a dedicated page, with information including a location map, and the aims of the event. The channel is filling rapidly, and has space for readers’ discussion and feedback – allowing users to enter details of their own events and launches.


TechWeekEurope is the new authoritative UK source for news, features and reviews of business technology. Drawing on a pool of UK tech journalists, and in association Ziff Davis Enterprise’s, its aim is to help readers enhance their business with technology.


The TechWeekEurope Events Channel can be found on:


Infosecurity Europe Call for Papers closes on Friday 16th December #Infosec12

December 1, 2011

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

As the christmas lights start twinkling in shop windows and people’s living rooms, it isn’t all mince pies and tinsel in IT security land. Oh no, there are still plenty of deadlines speeding towards us with great velocity. One to be mindful of, as we cruise into the 2011 holiday season, is the call for papers deadline of Infosecurity Europe. The show itself will take place in late April, but the call for papers closes on December 16th this year.

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Q&A with Christine Horton, Editor of Channel Pro

February 4, 2011

By Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O) and Olivia Shannon (@Olivia_at_O)

Christine Horton shares her views on security and the channel in this Q&A with the Countdown2Infosecurity team.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself and your magazine:

Channel Pro serves the needs of the IT resellers, VARS, systems integrators and distributor partners though up-to-the-minute news, in-depth reviews, industry opinion and analysis. The tone is business rather than techie. I am not a techie.

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

We cover all technologies, and have dedicated storage and security sections. We look at how they can help resellers can sell them – and ultimately make money from them.

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

DLP post-Wikileaks furore.

Q. What’s hot in the channel this year?

Virtualisation and of course, cloud computing.

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New Infosec show in town: Security B-Sides arrives in London – Call for speakers!

February 3, 2011

By Steve Gold, @stevewgold

It’s taken almost two decades, but Infosecurity Europe – held each spring in central London – has a rival. In the same week, no less!

Well, not exactly a rival – more a parallel universe called Security B-Sides, which is billed as an `unconference’ which takes place on day two of Infosecurity Europe’s three-day run across town.

Unlike Infosecurity, Security B-Sides – organised by a team of experienced volunteers – is a collaborative effort, with this, the first UK event, scheduled to have just a few hundred attendees.

There have been 13 events in the Security B-Sides calendar in the US, where the first ever conference, sorry, unconference, was held in parallel with Black Hat USA back in 2009.

The event looks interesting. It’s actually a shame that the conference is taking place in parallel with Infosecurity Europe, as the speaker list looks attractive, but given the fact that there will be around 12,000 warm bodies in London with an interest in IT security that week, it’s entirely understandable.

Like the low-key Chaos Computer Club conferences held each Christmas/New Year in Berlin, there will be presenters at Security B-Sides that will reveal riveting security geek stuff. And that’s just for starters.

The event stands a good chance of taking off and, if it does, it will probably move to just after Infosecurity Europe next year or the year after, making it an add-on event, in much the same way that Black Hat comes after DefCon in Las Vegas each summer.

Matt Summers, Security B-Sides’ London founder and a Symantec consultant, describes the event as a movement by the information security community.

“It is not your typical conference, as the events expand the spectrum of infosecurity discussions by encouraging participants to give voice, creation and refinement to the ‘next big thing’,” he added.

“The London conference has already seen an enthusiastic welcome from the Infosec community in the UK and Europe by having the quickest sell-out in Security B-Sides history,” he added.

Mike Dahn, founder of Security B-Sides worldwide, also added his voice, noting that B-Sides is about collaboration, not merely exposition.

“The events provide an open platform that gives security experts and industry professionals the opportunity to share ideas and insights, and develop relationships with others in the community. B-Sides London will provide a rare opportunity for attendees and speakers to directly connect and create trusted relationships with key members of the security community,” he said.

Verdict? Definitely worth checking out – if you’re quick, you might even be able to present at the event. Deadline for submissions is February 15th.