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Infosecurity Europe hails rise

The 18th Infosecurity Europe Show in London last month saw a recorded 13,200 visitors (pre ABC Audit) attending during the three day event

The April 2013 show saw a 6pc increase in visitors compared to last year, with over half of the vendors coming from overseas and visitors from over 110 countries – coming from as far as South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Turkey and Hong Kong. The show also provided a showcasing platform for over 50 new exhibitors, including a larger French pavilion and new Russian and German pavilions, which housed a range of new IT security vendors.

According to Claire Sellick, Group Director Infosecurity Portfolio for Reed Exhibitions, the organisers of the event, the increase in attendees was driven by Infosecurity Europe’s Education Programme: “We are delighted with the results from the event. Infosecurity Europe this year reflected the growing importance of information security within the global business community as it continues to rise and anchor its position firmly on the business agenda of enterprise and SME organisations. With a total industry attendance including visitors and vendors of over 24,800, not only have we seen a significant increase in international suppliers successfully using Infosecurity Europe as the platform to launch and showcase their technology, there was also a notable volume increase of international attendees especially from emerging markets, as well as an increase in the seniority of end users from the enterprise and SME community.”

The show also saw a significant increase in people revisiting over the three days – the show included 17 keynote sessions, all of which are specially selected by Information Security Hall of Fame members, guaranteeing delegates ground-breaking and innovative topics.

Visitors to the show also benefited from 31 sessions in the Business Strategy Theatre, 31 sessions in the Technical Theatre, 14 in the Information Security Exchange, 17 IT security workshops as well as 24 seminars in the Technology Showcase Theatre.

Highlights included: a presentation from the UK’s Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform with responsibility for cyber security – Chloe Smith – who delivered a keynote speech covering the government’s determination to keep the UK safe from cybercrime; and Symantec ran a hacking challenge where IT security professionals were asked to observe other experts testing their skills and knowledge in a ‘capture the flag’ style cyber attack simulation, where players competed against each other to solve IT security problems.


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