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Information Security Forum Tackles Global Security Issues At 23rd Annual World Congress

Event hosted more than 650 security experts who discussed the key challenges and opportunities that member companies and businesses will face in 2013
CHICAGO – November 12, 2012 –– The Information Security Forum (ISF), a global, independent information security body considered the world's leading authority on cyber security and information risk management, held its Annual World Congress November 3-6 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown in Chicago, Illinois. The event hosted more than 650 security experts who discussed the key challenges and opportunities that member companies and businesses will face in 2013 including cyber security, data privacy in the cloud, Big Data, supply chain security and mobile devices in the workplace.

"Each year, the ISF Annual World Congress offers leading security professionals the opportunity to discuss key challenges and gain real-world advice from industry experts from around the globe," said Michael de Crespigny, CEO of the ISF. "Businesses recognize the benefits our organization brings to member companies. Now in its twenty-third year, our Annual World Congress once again was a rousing success, giving major players in the information security industry the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas in a comfortable and confidential environment."

The ISF Annual World Congress features world-renowned security experts and provides attendees with a private setting where they can find solutions to current security problems, learn from key industry players, gain insight into the latest ISF projects, share experiences and network with their peers. Delegates also have the opportunity to learn how ISF deliverables can be applied in practice through a series of 'Academy Sessions' and Special Interest Groups held immediately prior to the main event.

This year's World Congress featured an extraordinary line-up of speakers including Frank Abagnale Jr., one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents, Gene Kranz, legendary NASA flight control director who led the effort to save Apollo 13 and Dr. Whitfield Diffie, one of the pioneers of public-key cryptography. The ISF also welcomed key policy makers from around the globe who discussed the challenging role of government in securing cyber space. Speakers on this panel included: Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the EU Commission for the digital agenda; Howard Schmidt, former Cyber-Security Coordinator of the Obama Administration; Robert Dick, Director General, National Cyber Security Directorate at Public Safety Canada; and James Quinault, Director of the UK Office of Cyber Security & Information Assurance.

The ISF is an independent, not-for-profit organization with a membership comprising many of the world's leading organizations featured on the Fortune 500 and Forbes 2000 lists. The organization is dedicated to investigating, clarifying and resolving key issues in information security and risk management, by developing best practice methodologies, processes and solutions that meet the business needs of their members. For more information, please visit the ISF website or contact Steve Durbin at [email protected]

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