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Do you specialise in Intrusion Detection & Prevention? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on IT Security Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the cyber security market – and in March we’re focussing on Intrusion Detection & Prevention solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help IT security buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re an Intrusion Detection & Prevention solutions specialist and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Chris Cannon on c.cannon@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our full features list:

Mar – Intrusion Detection & Prevention
Apr – Phishing Detection
May- Advanced Threat Dashboard
Jun – Browser/Web Security
July -Authentication
Aug – Penetration Testing
Sep – Vulnerability Management
Oct – Employee Security Awareness
Nov – Malware
Dec – Network Security Management

Security IT Summit: Last call for delegates!

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We have just a couple of delegate places left at the virtual Security IT Summit, which is taking place on March 9th & 10th – make sure you claim yours today!

9th & 10th March – 09:00-13:05 – Virtual booking form (flexible attendance options)

Benefits of attending include: 

  • Receive a bespoke itinerary of relaxed, 1-2-1 meetings with innovative and budget savings suppliers who you would like to meet and those who match your requirements.
  • Access to a series of live seminar sessions led by industry thought-leaders
  • Lunch & refreshments throughout*
  • Unparalleled networking with like-minded peers, who share your challenges*

Register today!

Security software revenue to hit $45.5B in 2021

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The digital transformation accelerated by the pandemic and the growing number of data breaches and cyberattacks has forced online users, companies, and organizations to increase their spending on security software solutions.

According to data presented by StockApps.com, global security software revenues are expected to hit $45.5bn in 2021, a 20% increase in two years.

For the purposes of the study, it says the security software market includes all software solutions that aim to protect individual computing devices, networks, or any other computing-enabled device. It includes antivirus software, management of access, data protection and security against intrusions, and any other system-level security risks, both in local installation and cloud service.

StockApps says recent years have witnessed a massive adoption of these solutions, driven by the surge of eCommerce, huge technology developments including AI and IoT, and the rising number of connected devices.

In 2016, the entire market was worth $27bn, revealed the Statista survey. In the next two years, revenues surged by more than 40% to $38.1bn.

The entire market maintained its steady growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with millions of people working and educating from home. The TrustRadius 2020 survey of software buyers and users revealed that 41% of organizations increased their security software spending amid pandemic. 

Statistics show the market revenue jumped by 7% year-over-year to $41bn in 2020. This figure is expected to rise by $4bn in 2021. However, the following years are set to witness a surge in the adoption of software security solutions, with revenues jumping to more than $61bn by 2025.

In global comparison, the United States represents the leading security software market expected to generate $22.8bn, or 50% of revenues this year. Statista data indicate the US security software revenues jumped by 20% in the last two years, while the unified market is set to reach $30.5bn value by 2025.

With $2.3bn in revenue or almost ten times less than the leading United States, Germany ranked as the second-largest security software market globally. The United Kingdom, Japan, and China follow with $2.2bn, $2.1bn, and $1.9bn in revenue, respectively.

Don’t miss these amazing webinars at the Security IT Summit

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Here are the confirmed webinars taking place as part of next month’s virtual Security IT Summit – make sure you register today as we only have a handful of places left!

10th & 11th March – 09:00-09:30

“Cyber Security in the Most Technologically Advanced Sport in the World” Presented by Acronis

In the world of Formula One racing, data is everything. A single race weekend generates 800 GB of data, all of which needs to be efficiently collected, rapidly analysed, and securely stored to increase a team’s chances of bringing home a championship. To achieve that, Formula 1 race cars feature 300 independent sensors and run 1,000 channels of data.

These tools enable the team to send data from the car to their base in a fraction of a second, allowing for tiny adjustments to be made that can make a huge difference in the outcome of a race or a season.

Learn how data drives the world’s leading motorsports teams; how they adapt to new security threats and how the global pandemic has impacted business as usual.

“Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity: What does it mean for businesses now and in the future?” Presented by Jennifer Stirrup, CEO/Founder, Data Relish

Is Artificial Intelligence a threat or a promise for cybersecurity? What does AI mean for your business? This session offers insights and takeaways about AI in security for business decision-makers.

● Definitions of Artificial Intelligence

● The promise of AI for security

● Implications and threats of AI in security

● Communicating with the business teams about AI

● Onboarding AI successfully for your business

Your attendance is completely FREE and entirely flexible to suit your schedule.

Alongside your webinar sessions, we will create you a bespoke itinerary designed just for you. The itinerary will include short, relaxed, 1-2-1 meetings with the suppliers you would be interested in meeting and those who would like to connect with.

This event saves you time by helping you to build all the business connections you need in one-day for 2021 and the future of your business, so that you can prepare for every eventuality.

ONLY THREE PLACES REMAINING – Secure yours here via our online form.

Safer Internet Day 2021 – The experts have their say

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With the ever-increasing number of internet users, private and sensitive information being sent online has increased enormously over the years.

With a theme once again of “Together for a better internet”, this year’s Safer Internet Day – which takes place this week – calls upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all.

The team at IT Security Briefing spoke to several industry experts to find out more about the day and what it means for the wider industry…

Simon Marchand, Chief Fraud Prevention Officer at Nuance Communications

Safer Internet Day acts as a reminder to businesses and consumers alike that cyber security solutions and fraud prevention tools are key in order to make the internet a safer and better place for all. In fact, with the current, necessary shift towards remote working and online education – it has never been more important to look to experienced security and fraud solutions providers that demonstrate a strong track record of protection against cyber threats to security.

“The sad truth is that cybercriminals and fraudsters don’t stop their crimes because of a pandemic. In fact, they often seize the immense change that comes with an event like this to ramp up their activity, targeting the most vulnerable and least protected – in order to manipulate their data and steal their personal information.  

“Whilst there is not and never will be one single silver bullet for fighting fraud, biometrics is a proven, effective authentication factor and fraud tool. By layering it into a data protection strategy, individuals and businesses are able to identify whether a person really is who they say they are. 

“With voice biometrics able to leverage more than 1000 unique speech characteristics- from pronunciation to size and shape of your nasal passage- and behavioural biometrics measuring minute details- such as how a person holds their phone or even how they pause once they finish a task- systems that incorporate them are considerably less susceptible to hacking.   

“When it comes to fraud, prevention is always better than a cure. In today’s landscape consumers are more aware than ever of the importance to protect their own information, and they will hold accountable the organisations that don’t do enough to protect the information they share with them. Without question, businesses need to be one step ahead and education around the most effective security solutions- like biometrics- is key.”

Lucas Szymanowski, Director of Information Security and GRC at Wrike 

“The ongoing pandemic has acted as a catalyst, driving an online trend that was already well underway. As the majority of our interactions now take place in a digital format, this year’s Safer Internet Day serves as a stark reminder that it has never been more important to ensure that we all remain protected when online. 

“With teams now dispersed and the internet playing a more important role in our lives than ever before, security will be top of mind for many businesses. Whilst investing in effective security tools and technologies is important, so too is investing in the people that use them every day. If employees aren’t engaged, a business is leaving the doors open to attackers.  

“In fact, employee apathy is one of the biggest security liabilities to any organisation. Disengaged employees are more susceptible to outside manipulation, more likely to leave systems vulnerable due to negligence, and at greater risk for leaking sensitive company information. Yes, business leaders need to spend time boosting cyber security awareness and training employees about online dangers, highlighting both potential risk to the business and individuals. But when it comes to protecting a business from threats, the focus should be on driving adoption of security initiatives and increasing employee engagement. By improving engagement, employees will be more vigilant about attacks and think twice about data theft. Focusing on engagement also applies to IT teams. An engaged IT team will take the time to educate employees and collaborate with departmental leaders to ensure everyone is aware of the dangers and knows how to protect themselves. Ensuring your workforce is engaged will be especially important when you’re working with remote teams.”

Keith Glancey, Systems Engineering Manager at Infoblox

“The last year has been a serious turning point for internet usage and safety. The ongoing pandemic has meant that the majority of our interactions are now taking place in a digital format and it’s never been more important for businesses to protect both themselves and their customers online.

“Our recent Q4 Cyberthreat Intelligence Report found that email remains the top threat vector, with phishing and social engineering attacks more common than ever. Despite trainings and warnings, users continue to open suspicious emails, both in their business and personal accounts, putting sensitive corporate information at risk. 

“Safer Internet Day promotes awareness around the threat landscape and effective ways to protect both businesses and consumers. All organisations – regardless of industry – need to consider how they can optimise their security posture. With solutions such as DDI (DNS, DHCP and IPAM), companies can use a technology they already use for device connectivity to gain insight into network activities, and fortify their security posture.” 

 Petter Nylander, CEO at Besedo

“Over the last year everyone has relied on the internet so much more for their day to day lives – including school children using it for learning and education.

“Unfortunately, an inevitable but unwanted side effect of growth in online activity and users is growth in harmful content. Malicious users and false information cause real, preventable damage.

“The need to prevent harm online is not new. The urgency added by the uptick in more vulnerable users, including children, is new. Now that they have had time to understand the challenges, we should expect online businesses to renew their efforts to be more forceful and proactive about minimising harm.

“The truth is that too much slips through the net of tech companies’ moderation efforts, and whatever they are doing isn’t enough. Educating users on how they can take additional care is important, but the platforms they use need to support them with an AI-based first line of defense and specialist human operators to accurately moderate harmful content.

“The big picture is that online businesses won’t survive if they can’t demonstrate user safety: after a year of growth, we hope that this year’s Safer Internet Day will spur them towards prioritising users’ needs over company revenue.”

Gus Tomlinson, General Manager at GBG:

 “The past year has accelerated our reliance on the internet and online services – for example, during 2020 47% of consumers have opened a new online shopping account, while a third opened a new bank account. But with this shift towards digital, a whole new market opened up for fraudsters. GBG’s recent State of Digital Identity 2020 report found that not only is identity fraud already affecting one in five consumers, the ‘trust gap’ it creates poses a risk to industries which will depend on digital trust if they are to thrive in 2021 and beyond. A third of consumers are more worried about fraud, as a result of COVID-19 – most prominently banking (36%).

“As a result, establishing trust digitally and promoting online safety has never been more important, and this responsibility lies with both companies and consumers. For consumers to adjust to our digital-first new normal, and for businesses to truly prosper online and overcome the challenges of last year, we must keep pushing on the technology and education required to make those online interactions safe, fraud-free and frictionless.”

Ramsés Gallego, International Chief Technology Officer, Cybersecurity, Micro Focus

“Privacy is a fundamental human right and should be treated as a pillar for any society. Unfortunately, the Internet is being weaponised by malicious actors to violate this privacy, having the power to modify people’s mind-sets and, in turn, how they behave.

“This Safer Internet Day, however, it’s important to recognise that we have a unique opportunity to get the Internet right. Working together, individuals, governments and organisations across all industries can create a more trusting environment, enabling people to securely and safely engage with information and services online.

“Technology has a large role to play here. With the help of unsupervised machine learning tools, for example, we can implement processes and procedures to address the spread of misinformation via fake news and videos – reducing the window of exposure to lies and manipulation. Crucially, we must keep in mind that trust needs to be earned and everything we do should be undertaken ethically and lawfully.

“Through global collaboration we can put in place the correct infrastructure and legislation to ensure the next generation is able to interact with an Internet built on safe and reliable foundations.”

Rodney Joffe, SVP and Fellow, Neustar

“This Safer Internet Day represents a key opportunity to raise awareness around the spread of misinformation. While this issue is by no means new, a combination of factors – including the Covid-19 pandemic and the polarised political situation in the US – have created a tougher environment for “real” news to be trusted online.

“The fake news, misinformation and disinformation resulting from the political campaigns of the previous US administration have led to the rise in the online influence of – mostly far right – conspiracy theorist ranks such as Q-Anon, whose actions have led to mass uncertainty and anxiety worldwide. In the early stages of the pandemic, we also saw cybercriminals quickly exploit the global crisis by registering fake domains relating to the virus. A lot of these websites were designed to look like those of organisations or bodies providing vital services and information related to the virus. Quite apart from the immediate danger of low-quality, or actively misleading, information on its reader’s health and wellbeing, these domains erode trust in precisely the official sources which are best placed to counter that bad information.

“Curbing the spread of false information and shutting down fake domains requires global collaboration between tech giants, organisations and the cybersecurity community. Alongside this, more needs to be done to educate consumers on how to spot fake news and websites, which involves encouraging browsers to pay close attention to the URL of a link before they click on it – no matter where, or who, the link came from.

“We must demand vigilance of ourselves and others to mitigate the worst of misinformation. While this is an ongoing problem, the last year has been a lesson in the importance of keeping trust alive on the Internet.”

5 reasons to attend the Security IT Summit

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Here are five reasons why you should attend the Security IT Summit this March…

1. Enjoy free, flexible virtual attendance to fit around your schedule.
2. Our cutting-edge software creates you a bespoke itinerary that allows you to virtually meet essential and budget-saving suppliers for short 1-2-1 meetings, based on mutual agreement and matched requirements.
3. Create new business relationships and gain industry knowledge easily, from the comfort of your home/office.
4. Enjoy two insightful, 30 minute – LIVE webinar sessions hosted by industry thought-leaders.
5. Receive a full list of additional pre-recorded webinar presentations that focus on the current and future challenges within the security and IT industry.

10th & 11th March – Flexible attendance options available.

Click here to register your interest via our online form, or for more information contact us here.

Access Control

Do you specialise in Access Control? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on IT Security Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the cyber security market – and in February we’re focussing on Access Control solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help IT security buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re an Access Control solutions specialist and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Chris Cannon on c.cannon@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our full features list:

Feb – Access Control
Mar – Intrusion Detection & Prevention
Apr – Phishing Detection
May- Advanced Threat Dashboard
Jun – Browser/Web Security
July -Authentication
Aug – Penetration Testing
Sep – Vulnerability Management
Oct – Employee Security Awareness
Nov – Malware
Dec – Network Security Management

Anti-Virus

Do you specialise in Anti Virus? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on IT Security Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the cyber security market – and in January we’re focussing on Anti Virus solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help IT security buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re an Anti Virus solutions specialist and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Chris Cannon on c.cannon@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our full features list:

Jan – Anti Virus
Feb – Access Control
Mar – Intrusion Detection & Prevention
Apr – Phishing Detection
May- Advanced Threat Dashboard
Jun – Browser/Web Security
July -Authentication
Aug – Penetration Testing
Sep – Vulnerability Management
Oct – Employee Security Awareness
Nov – Malware
Dec – Network Security Management

Learn new things in 2021 with our online courses for online security professionals

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Our selection of online courses tailored specifically for the IT Security sector will enable you to both learn new skills and improve existing ones – sign up today!

These are specially-curated online courses designed to help you and your team, improve expertise and learn new things.

The IT and Personal Development online learning bundle provides you with over 50 courses, which cover all areas of both professional and personal development:

  • CSS Certification Level 1
  • HTML 5 Certification Level 2
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing Certification
  • IT Security Certification
  • Website Development Foundations Certification
  • WordPress Certification
  • How to Handle Criticism at Work Certification
  • How to Improve Your Mental Health Certification
  • Building Your Confidence and Self-Esteem Certification
  • Managing Teams Certification
  • Master Planning Certification

And many more!

Find out more and purchase your online bundle here

For just £99 +vat (usually £149), you can share the courses with your colleagues over a 12-month period.

Additionally, there are a variety of bundles available on all spectrums;

  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Healthcare
  • Sports & Personal Development
  • Human Resources
  • Customer Services
  • Health & Safety
  • Education & Social Care Skills
  • Sales & Marketing
  • IT & Personal Development

Book your courses today and come out of this stronger and more skilled!

Security IT Summit: Virtual & Live events tailored to your needs

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We’re hosting the next Security IT Summit taking virtually in March, with a live event to follow in June – registration is now open for both!

9th & 10th March – 09:00-13:05 – Virtual booking form (flexible attendance options)
29th June – Hilton London Canary Wharf – Live booking form

Benefits of attending include: 

  • Receive a bespoke itinerary of relaxed, 1-2-1 meetings with innovative and budget savings suppliers who you would like to meet and those who match your requirements.
  • Access to a series of live seminar sessions led by industry thought-leaders
  • Lunch & refreshments throughout*
  • Unparalleled networking with like-minded peers, who share your challenges*

Register today!