Infosecurity 2016: A New Frontier of Threats and Countermeasures

This will be the second Infosecurity Europe since its return to Olympia last year. We've been regular exhibitors at the premier European security show for years and been part of an era of fundamental changes in the security industry. Let’s take a look at some key things to watch at this year’s Infosec 2016. I’ll cover patterns in the program, speakers to watch for and some highlights of what to look for in the Mimecast booth!

Patterns in the Program

A quick glance at the speaker programme shows that this year, a pattern is already emerging - a widening of the description of a cybercriminal. What once was just the traditional hacker in a darkened basement has changed to a completely different variant, urging all those who control the security of their companies to think ahead of the next hack.  Attacks can now come from governments (think Stuxnet), from bored teens (Talk Talk) or from anyone with a credit card and the motivation to rent a botnet.  Cybercrime is big business and the continuing upward spikes in ransomware (complete with support helpdesks to assist with payments) highlights how criminals are adopting legitimate business practices to increase their effectiveness.

Jessica Barker

Speakers to Watch

Speaker slots I'm personally looking forward to include 'Profiling the Connected Cybercriminal' by Mikko Hypponen from F-Secure, who has recently published some interesting posts on the Infosecurity Europe blog, and 'How to Hack a Human; Anatomy of a Social Engineering Attack' by Dr Jessica Barker.


Mikko Hypponen

Highlights & Prizes

I'll also be at our ‘Making Email Safer for Business’ stand (#G100) talking about the growing threat of spear-phishing and email impersonation attacks. On our stand, everyone can walk away with RFID protection cards and ‘Snap out of it’ swirly glasses. We’ll also have regular stand presentations from Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 MVP J. Peter Bruzzese – where he’ll be exploring the risk factors you’ll need to consider when moving to Office 365. Plus, we’ll be running through demonstrations of our services on the stand - to book a demonstration with one of our technical team, you can request one here.

Also, you can enter your details into our draw to have a chance to win a pair of Ray-Bans (T&Cs here) and if you publish selfies with our #AddMimecast frame you can be in with a chance to win an iPad Air 2.

Or if you fancy a more informal setting, we’ll be serving drinks at our stand between 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesday, the 7th of June. In addition, on Wednesday the 8th of June between 5:00-7:00pm we’ll be hosting a CIO & IT Professionals drinks reception in the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London – registration is available on this microsite.

I for one can’t wait to see all of my peers, colleagues, partners and customers this year – it looks set to be a pivotal event for the Infosecurity world again - see you next week!