Excellence in this sector encompasses new ways to gather and
leverage threat intelligence, technology to prevent intruders finding their way
into our networks, monitoring options to catch them if they get inside,
approaches to prevent our data being stolen or accidentally leaked by malicious
or inadvertent inside threats, through to encryption and other technologies to
make the data unusable if it does find its way into the hands of our attackers.
Ten years ago information security was a niche part of the
IT department, while today it gets called Cyber-Security and is described as a
Tier One threat to critical national infrastructure – from banks to nuclear
power stations, as well as a threat to each of us personally, thus cumulatively
a threat to society.
Cash and IP are being stolen every day with values over the
year running into hundreds of millions of pounds, while many millions of
individuals’ credentials continue to be illegally obtained. And we have come to
accept that the attacker is most likely already in our network, and if not, the
chances are that they soon will be. But the situation would be far worse were
it not for the information security industry.
The importance of this sector continues to grow, including
the demand for the skills and talents of its participants. Every year our
attackers up their game, and every year we need to do at least the same to
match them – and more to beat them.
That’s why it is important to encourage and praise
innovation, recognise those who raise the bar, and reward exemplars who
facilitate best practice.
At this year’s gala event in our new venue of Old
Billingsgate on the Thames, we did just that, honoured and recognised the leading
players in our sector – individuals, companies and products that have played
their part in making our world a safer place. Thank you.
Tony Morbin, Editor-in-chief, SC Media UK