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Cloud host in London

The 2013 European Computer Audit, Control and Security (EuroCACS) / Information Security and Risk Management (ISRM) conference will run at Hilton London Metropole on September 16 to 18, 2013.

The “New Era, New Edge” event is hosted by ISACA, the US-based IT governance, assurance, risk and security group. It will address such topics as data privacy, the consumerisation of IT, bring your own device (BYOD), cloud services and social media. Speeches will be given by Amar Singh, chair of the ISACA London Chapter Security Advisory Group, and John Meakin, chief information security officer and head of risk for RBS.

Singh will cover cloud computing; and why he believes every organisation should consider embracing it. He said: “The intelligence agencies of the most powerful nations on the planet are, or are at least pretending to, embrace the cloud or the logic of the cloud. Not a day goes by without stats and figures claiming the cloud’s growing omnipresence. However, perhaps most interesting is that a very high percentage of new apps for consumers and for the commercial enterprise are being developed in the cloud for use with the cloud. Apart from huge operational implications for organisations, this trend poses interesting challenges and opportunities from the information security governance, risk and compliance context.”

Closing speaker, John Meakin, Ph.D. and chief information security officer for Royal Bank of Scotland will discuss the cybersecurity shift: what works, what does not and the hidden silver linings in the cloud of cyber. Meakin will pick out the challenges of the evolving cybersecurity threat, emphasising the fundamental changes in approaches to enterprise security that it demands. Meakin said: “As pressure mounts on businesses of all sizes to optimise their spend on IT and to reach ever more global and disparate markets, the opportunities of cloud services to support this cannot be ignored. The job of the information security professional, therefore, has to be looking for solutions that make cloud uses the right balance of opportunity and managed business risk. Equally, as the demands on limited security resources grow apace with the new threat environment, security professionals can and should look to the cloud as an effective place in which to implement some key, baseline security services.”

Open to risk managers, auditors, security professionals and senior executives, the conference will feature panels and facilitated discussions led by presenters from companies such as CISCO, Deutsche Post AG, Dell Software, Deloitte, HSBC and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Registration costs around £1365 for ISACA members and £1522 for non-members for the full three-day conference. One- and two-day passes are also available. Attendees can earn up to 39 continuing professional education (CPE) hours. To register or find out more, visit:


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