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The weather in London may have been gloomy during April’s Infosecurity Europe 2012, but inside Earls Court, Drew Amorosi and other attendees found plenty to keep them engaged


ike many of the largest conferences held each year, the days encompassing Infosecurity Europe move by at a

frantic pace. It’s one of the few times each year that we are offered a venue to meet new faces and rekindle old relationships. It’s also one of the times where we here at Infosecurity get to connect with the many people in this industry that help make our coverage possible.

The only regret I often walk away with from shows like Infosecurity Europe is the lack of more face-to-face time with the analysts, researchers, academics, and industry luminaries who contribute to our stories on a daily basis. It’s impossible to make enough time for them all, but the show does provide a unique opportunity to bring us all together under one roof. Regrets aside, our staff was able to conduct dozens of on-site interviews with the industry’s brightest, along with our week-long coverage of news from the event.


In case you missed Infosecurity Europe, were otherwise occupied at the show, or just want to revisit our time in London, what follows is my compilation of the most intriguing news and interviews that comprised our coverage.

Keynote Highlights European Security Solidarity The conference opened with a keynote video from European Commission vice president Nellie Kroes. During her address, Kroes provided further details about a European internet security strategy announced just weeks earlier. The strategy, which Kroes said would be formally proposed during the third quarter of 2012, contains fi ve core standards that she hopes will transform Europe’s approach to internet security, “while ensuring wider internet governance policies take security issues fully into account”.

The pillars of the proposed strategy will include: networks that respond to threats via a guarantee of “minimal capabilities”; a new governance structure that requires centralized, “competent authorities” for information sharing established by all EU member states; mandatory safeguards and breach reporting by private sector fi rms that own, operate, and service internet infrastructure; measures to encourage a “more vibrant security market” within the EU; and identifying barriers to European market access.

The most contentious portion of the strategy lies in the mandatory reporting requirement for internet infrastructure companies. But Kroes insisted that safeguards and required reporting were in these fi rms’ best interest, because they are also consumers of the very same ICT services. The EC vice president said the strategy would involve shared responsibility by

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