Attending Infosec each year is just one of the ways we keep abreast of the latest thinking and innovations in the Cyber Security industry.
With well over 300 exhibitors and over 13,000 visitors the show was a great success. We could have spent another two days there and still not seen everything. Though we were sure to visit the stands of our partners Webroot, Mimecast, Zscaler and SecurEnvoy.
A definite highlight was witnessing Softwerx IT Security Specialist, Dan Mallinson, in the Smash Booth on the Zscaler stand, taking to a firewall with a sledgehammer. One of the more disappointing ones was narrowly missing out on winning an iPad on the SecurEnvoy stand. Better luck next year, David.
Through the course of the day, we had the pleasure of meeting fellow Cambridgeshire companies, Darktrace and MASS. Though operating in different areas of the industry to Softwerx, we really enjoyed talking to them about their tech. Interesting new solutions we were impressed by included secure file sharing and access from Accellion and password management from Dashlane. We also had interesting discussions with ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) and they've convinced us to look into membership. Watch this space for further updates on that.
Aside from the exhibition hall, Infosec boasts a stellar line-up of speakers and workshops. We caught Lord Hague's opening Keynote on Wednesday morning on 'Privacy vs Security: Reducing the Tension Between National Security, Privacy and Information Security'. It certainly gave us all food for thought.
As part of the presentations, we were surprised to learn that just 3000 organisations in the UK have achieved Cyber Essentials accreditation since it was launched. Softwerx is a supporter of the Government-backed programme and we're offering businesses a free cybersecurity audit to support their applications for accreditation. If Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essential Plus accreditation is something your business is considering, please get in touch. We'd be happy to help you gain it first time.
We spoke with our Technical Director, Adriaan Bekker after he returned from his visit in Washington D.C. to attend the Microsoft Inspire event. He was among 17,000 other attendees from around the world and from a wide range of organisations visiting the event.