Information Security Forum World Congress Coming November 3

More than 750 security experts are expected to attend

October 16, 2013

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PARIS – October 16, 2013 –– The Information Security Forum (ISF), a global, independent information security body considered the world's leading authority on cyber security and information risk management, will be hosting its 24th Annual World Congress in Paris, France, November 3-5 at the Marriott Rive Gauche. More than 750 security experts are expected to attend and discuss the key security challenges and opportunities that member companies and businesses are facing. Key topics of discussion include cyber-security, data privacy in the cloud, supply chain security, big data and mobile devices in the workplace.

"The ISF World Congress is our annual, global flagship event which offers attendees the opportunity to discuss and find solutions to today's most important security challenges and gain practical advice from peers and leading industry experts from around the world," said Michael de Crespigny, CEO of the ISF. "Organizations recognize the substantial benefits the ISF brings to its Member companies and our annual World Congress has become the place where the major players in the industry convene to meet and exchange ideas in a relaxed and intimate location."

The ISF Annual World Congress has a series of keynote presentations, workshops and networking sessions, which provide participants with the opportunity to share knowledge, best practices and thought leadership in a confidential peer-group environment. Attendees will hear from world-renowned experts, learn from key industry players and gain insight into the latest ISF projects.

The Master of Ceremonies for this year's event is Dr. Gary McGraw, CTO of Cigital. Notable sessions include:

Bruce Schneier – "Information Security – Where Next?"

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, cryptographer, computer security and privacy specialist and author of several books on general security topics, computer security and cryptography. He is also a contributing writer for The Guardian news organization. Described by The Economist as "a security guru," Schneier is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, served on several government technical committees and is regularly quoted in the press. Schneier is also a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and a program fellow at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes - "There is No Success Without Risk"

After a career in the British Army and Special Air Service (SAS), Sir Ranulph Fiennes led The Transglobe Expedition which was the only expedition to complete a circumpolar navigation of the world, traversing both of the poles using only surface transport. Starting in 1979 (from Greenwich in the UK), they arrived at the South Pole on December 17, 1980 and the North Pole on April 11, 1982 returning on August 29, 1982. This is feat that nobody has managed to complete since. In 1992 Fiennes found the lost city of Iram in Oman. In 2000, he attempted to walk solo and unsupported to the North Pole but had to abandon the attempt after his sleds fell through the ice and he was forced to pull them out by hand, suffering severe frostbite. Despite undergoing a triple heart bypass surgery just four months earlier in 2003, Fiennes completed seven marathons, on seven continents, in just seven days. In 2009, he climbed the North Face of the Eiger and in 2012 reached the summit of Mount Everest.

Donna Dodson – "The Cyber Security Framework"

Donna Dodson is the Division Chief of the Computer Security Division and Deputy Cyber Security Advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States. Dodson oversees the NIST's cyber security program to conduct research, development and outreach necessary to provide standards, guidelines, tools, metrics and practices to protect the information and communication infrastructure. The Computer Security Division plays a role in both national and international security standards setting. Dodson recently received the Federal 100 Award and has been awarded the United States Department of Commerce's Gold and Bronze Medal Awards.

Bruce Dickinson – "Becoming Strategically Important Through Innovation and Creativity"

Bruce Dickinson is the lead singer of Iron Maiden, a position he has held for 31 years including a sabbatical of six years during which he worked as a commercial pilot and became Marketing Director of Astraeus Airlines. In 2012, he founded Cardiff Aviation which specializes in the heavy maintenance of Airbus & Boeing commercial aircraft. He is also involved in a venture that has a contract to develop surveillance air ships for the US Army and is setting up a training company Real World Aviation that provides training to commercial pilots. In 2013, Dickinson developed his own brand of beer distributed by Robinson's Brewery, Trooper. He is passionate about Fencing (he has competed internationally representing Great Britain), Railway Technology, Aviation (he still flies the Iron Maiden Boeing 757, Ed Force One) and thinking creatively about business whilst looking for the next opportunity.

For the fourth consecutive year, the ISF is opening its doors to a select number of non-member organizations. This world class platform offers the opportunity to interact and build peer-to-peer relationships with senior global decision-makers and share in the ISF experience. For more information on the Congress, or for further details on any aspect of the ISF, please contact Steve Durbin at [email protected].

About the Information Security Forum

Founded in 1989, the Information Security Forum (ISF) is an independent, not-for-profit association of leading organizations from around the world. It is dedicated to investigating, clarifying and resolving key issues in cyber, information security and risk management and developing best practice methodologies, processes and solutions that meet the business needs of its Members.

ISF Members benefit from harnessing and sharing in-depth knowledge and practical experience drawn from within their organizations and developed through an extensive research and work program. The ISF provides a confidential forum and framework, which ensures that Members adopt leading-edge information security strategies and solutions. And by working together, Members avoid the major expenditure required to reach the same goals on their own.

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