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providing enough security for smart devices? “I wish we were Drew”, he said, rather amusingly. “It’s a big problem – BYOD, these smartphone gadgets – everyone seems to have one. I call it the most intimate form of IT we have ever had, and how on Earth do we secure them? Unfortunately, as an industry, we are a bit behind the curve. So I think the answer is no, we are not.”

Live from the Infosecurity Stand This year Eleanor and I took a different approach to Infosecurity Europe. In addition to our normal news coverage, attendees were given the opportunity to see us interview some of the biggest names in the industry live from our stand. Here are just a few of the highlights.

On Campus

Kevin Jones of City University London took a seat in our recording space and chatted

about the school’s new masters program in information security and risk. The professor at the university’s Centre for Software Reliability said there is a shortage of security professionals in all skill areas – from the very technical people “working down in the trenches” to the most senior managers and executives. “Cybersecurity in general is a fairly new area…and the need for people vastly outstrips the current training and production of skilled professionals”, he told me. That’s where City University looks to step in, to help fi ll that skills gap, Jones said. One of the school’s newer programs focuses on established security professionals looking to complement their technical training with the appropriate business acumen. “There is a real skills shortage for people who are both technically competent and business aware”, he observed based on conversations with people in the industry. Many infosec professionals tend to have their skills segregated into one or the other,

Jones added. “The truth is, to get things to work across the board, you need people who understand the big picture and can actually deal with the whole gamut of things that need to be in place for the country, the company, the business to be secure.”

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Bridging the Gap

Eleanor sat down with Martyn Croft, CIO of the Salvation Army, to get his thoughts on the event. He was worried that the show was on a downward trend over the past few years, but was very much surprised by the buzz of activity at Infosecurity Europe 2012. “This year it seems bigger and brighter than in previous years, so I think it’s really great.” When asked about whether the topics being discussed at the venue mirror those needing to be addressed in the real world,


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