The steam roller of Information Security continues to run down the hill towards education. Becta’s in the driving seat, and they haven’t really started the engine. By the time the new term begins, there will be new guidance on what you should be doing (read my previous posts on this blog). So it is absolutely timely to think about half a day aside to attend the free Microsoft Security Symposium for the Public Sector on Tuesday September 16th at our London offices near Victoria station.

If you’ve not heard about new Government guidelines for Information Security, then sit down before you read this website or the specific Mandatory Mininimum Measures from the Cabinet Office (yes, it does apply to schools, and that is what Becta’s advice is being developed to address)

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Effective use of information is absolutely central to the challenges facing Government today – whether in improving health, tackling child poverty or protecting the public from crime and terrorism.  Those in public service need to keep that information secure in order to build public confidence.  This is essential to underpin greater data sharing to deliver personalised services and make us more effective.”

Sir Gus O’Donnell, Cabinet Secretary
Foreword to Cabinet Office Report – Data Handling Procedures in Government, June 2008

Managing information risk today means looking even further into the future. Increasingly, mobile and distributed technologies require new forms of monitoring and data protection.  Internet-based applications and services that store and process valuable information need new levels of responsibility on the part of management and users.  Regulations against leakage will only be met through unprecedented levels of security awareness and information expertise on the part of users.

Recent reviews by the Cabinet Office (Data Handling Procedures in Government - June 2008) and the Information Commissioner (Data Sharing Review – July 2008) are a clear indication of how seriously Government takes the challenges of information security. 

The Microsoft Security Symposium for the Public Sector on Tuesday September 16th at the Microsoft Campus in Reading will focus on the unique challenges that all Public Sector organisations need to address to protect citizen data and sensitive information more effectively.  Our Security Symposium takes a holistic view of information governance and security by examining the people, process AND technology components of effective organisational security.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of security experts including:

  • Roger Styles, Head, Central Sponsor for Information Assurance (CSIA), Cabinet Office
  • CESG (they're the approval agency for technology that meets Government’s security requirements)
  • Jacques Erasmus, Director of Malware Research, Prevx
  • Ed Gibson, Microsoft UK’s Chief Security Advisor
  • Tony Neate, Managing Director, Get Safe Online

The event is open to all IT, security and information governance and compliance in education. The content will be most applicable to whoever is responsible for data use in school (typically, one of the leadership team) as well as the Network Manager who’s likely to be the hero of the hour (when they help solve the leadership headache)

You can review the full agenda, which runs from 9.30-1.15, and reserve your place here:

ONLINE: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032383169&Culture=en-GB

PHONE: 0870 166 6680 (Event reference: 3169)