There’s no substitute for in-person knowledge sharing

Vicky Aitken, conference manager, Infosecurity Europe, highlights key themes for this year’s event and explains why in-person knowledge sharing is vital in such a fast-moving industry

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From 4 to 6 June, cybersecurity professionals will gather at Infosecurity Europe’s annual conference in London to share their experiences and hear insights from some of the leading voices in the industry.

The themes for this year’s event are inspired by a 2024 research report compiled by the Infosecurity Group, highlighting the obstacles and opportunities presented by a rapidly evolving technology landscape. The research surveyed more than 200 security professionals and revealed five key challenges: coming to terms with AI, maintaining cyber resilience, managing staff workloads and combatting burnout, compliance with incoming legislation and preparing for future digital threats.

Each of these topics, plus countless others, will be covered from all angles across nine stages at the conference.

The keynote stage kicks off each day with a celebrity speaker. Henry Ajder will cover the latest in generative AI and the dangers of deepfakes; Jake Humphrey and Damian Hughes will explain what security leaders can learn from their High Performance podcast; and Claire Williams, of Formula 1 fame, will explore the challenges of leading a vast workforce and provide pointers on embedding cybersecurity into your company’s culture.

It’s essential that we create these opportunities – and that security professionals take advantage of them

Other centre-stage speakers will be discussing whether or not to pay a ransom demand, developments in cyber insurance, crisis management in the event of a major breach and how firms of all sizes can best prepare for legislation including the NIS2 directive, among many other topics. 

In addition to everything happening on the main stage, we’ll also have areas devoted to startups and technological innovation, as well as a lot of practical workshops and roundtable discussions; and, of course, a bustling exhibition hall.

There will be some exciting new presentations this year, too. We’re thrilled to have moved Stephanie Hare’s discussion on women in the cyber industry to the main stage. This topic was originally slated for the South Gallery, but was given a keynote slot because of high levels of interest among attendees. It’s an encouraging sign that so many in the industry are taking issues relating to diversity and inclusion seriously.

Also new this year, we will be organising some analyst sessions with business consultancy Frost & Sullivan and have partnered with non-profit Every Child Online to bring awareness to the problem of digital exclusion.

And that’s really why events such as Infosecurity Europe exist: to bring awareness to the problems facing this industry and provide a space in which the ideas and experiences of those on the frontline can be shared. It’s a learning and development experience for everyone.

In many ways we’re still feeling the effects of Covid lockdowns, which forced the cancellation of all these events and massively limited interactions among industry peers. We have some catching up to do. Considering how quickly things evolve in this industry, it is essential that we create these knowledge-sharing opportunities again – and that cybersecurity professionals take advantage of them.

Everyone is very busy. But there’s tremendous value in getting out there, interacting with others in the industry and learning from one another’s experiences. There really is no substitute for that in-person interaction.

The variety and expertise on display at Infosecurity Europe, the chance to build your network, the first-hand learning experiences; these are invaluable for cybersecurity professionals, who are running to keep pace with the changes in the industry. We’re very confident that our attendees will come away from this conference with a better understanding of how to do their job.