Information Security Forum Addresses Global Security Issues at Annual World Congress

Press Release ( - BERLIN, Germany - Oct 27, 2016 - 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 October 22-25, 2016, in Berlin, Germany. The event, which featured a series of keynote presentations, workshops and networking sessions from the world’s foremost international security experts, hosted nearly 1,000 attendees who discussed the key challenges and opportunities that ISF member companies and businesses will face in 2017. Topics of focus included: cyber security, data privacy in the cloud, supply chain information risk management, regulation and legislation, securing industrial controls systems, securing the Internet of Things (IoT), protecting smart cities and the continuing defense of mobile devices in the workplace.

“Each year, our World Congress provides world-renowned international security professionals the occasion to discuss and find resolutions to today’s most significant security challenges,” said Steve Durbin, Managing Director of the ISF. “Legislation, the internet of things and the shift in the importance of addressing the human factor in any security strategy and program were clear issues that attendees were keen to discuss along with the increasing dependence that all organizations have on cyber enabled business. This places a responsibility across the organization, from the board of directors down to ensure that the appropriate levels of security are being established and maintained to protect mission critical information.”

The ISF World Congress offers attendees the opportunity to interact and build peer-to-peer relationships with senior, global decision-makers and share in the ISF experience. Delegates also have the opportunity to learn how ISF deliverables can be applied in practice through a series of sessions hosted throughout the event. As in previous years, the ISF World congress included an extensive, collaborative breakout program, led by ISF member organizations, which provided attendees with a broader view of the experiences of others on the most pressing security issues they are facing today.

This year’s event included an all-encompassing, collaborative breakout program which was led by Master of Ceremonies, and BBC Diplomatic and Royal Correspondent, Nicholas Witchell. Keynote sessions were presented by the following:

·         Bruce Schneier, Renowned Security Technologist

·         Keren Elazari, Hacker, Turned Digital Security Expert

·         Mikko Hypponen, Cyber War Veteran

·         Konstantinos Karagiannis, Chief Technology Officer for Security Consulting in BT Americas

“Organizations recognize the sizable benefits the ISF brings to both our member companies, and the industry as a whole, and our twenty-seventh annual event was once again a great success,” continued Durbin. “We are already looking forward to next year’s gathering of international security industry experts in Cannes.”

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 on next year’s Congress, which takes place October 28-31 in Cannes, France, or for further details on any aspect of the ISF, please visit the ISF website (

About the Information Security Forum

Founded in 1989, the Information Security Forum (ISF) is an independent, not-for-profit association of leading organizations from around the world. The organization is dedicated to investigating, clarifying and resolving key issues in cyber, information security and risk management and developing best practice methodologies, processes and solutions that meet the business needs of its Members.

ISF Members benefit from harnessing and sharing in-depth knowledge and practical experience drawn from within their organizations and developed through an extensive research and work program. The ISF provides a confidential forum and framework, which ensures that Members adopt leading-edge information security strategies and solutions. By working together, ISF Members avoid the major expenditure required to reach the same goals on their own. Consultancy services are available and provide ISF Members and Non-Members with the opportunity to purchase short-term, professional support activities to supplement the implementation of ISF products.

For more information on ISF membership, please visit

Source : Information Security Forum

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