This year’s Infosecurity Europe – Europe’s number one information security event – is raising the bar for 2019 with over 400 exhibitors set to attend, featuring some of the most forward-thinking, innovative cybersecurity companies from around the world. To allow visitors to make the most of the event, Infosecurity Europe has introduced the new LaunchPad, an interactive one-stop-shop for visitors to listen and explore some of the new exhibitor novelties at the show, and then visit the stands of those suppliers with innovations that interest them.

Nicole Mills, Senior Exhibition Director at Infosecurity Group, commented: “With visitor numbers growing significantly over recent years, Infosecurity Europe continually commits to fostering and promoting innovation in the industry. The conference promises to showcase over 100 pioneering newcomers in the information security industry, as well as a host of the most widely regarded and seasoned security companies.

Managing information and cyber risk

The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to educate attendees with new innovation and expert adviceThe event aims to provide visitors with key insights to manage information and cyber risk, explore the breadth, depth and creativity of security technologies, uncover the latest trends, and see and hear, how peers are solving problems. The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to educate attendees with new innovation and expert advice, and to network with potential partners and customers, all under one roof.

For those looking to learn more about the latest technologies, they can visit the Cyber Innovation Zone featuring the top 13 innovative small companies from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport UK’s Most Innovative Small Cybersecurity Company of the Year competition, including WoTT; Quadible; Human Firewall; Padlock; Tricerion; Titan IC; Qufaro; XQ Cyber; Keepnet Labs; Outthink; Lujam and winners Hack the Box.

Cyber Innovation showcase highlights:

WoTT - The "S" in "IoT" stands for "Security" - 04 Jun 2019, 10:30 - 10:45

Viktor Petersson, CTO WoTT, will explore the proliferation of IoT devices. After briefly exploring the problem space, we will explore how to solve it. The talk will focus largely on securing consumer-like devices (e.g. Raspberry Pi), and include topics such as building a good pipeline, OTA, testing and basic security best practices. IoT security is not rocket surgery.

Segasec - Scamming you at Infosec? Easy - 04 Jun 2019, 16:30 - 16:55

Elad Schulman, CEO and founder of Segasec, will walk us through a demo of a phishing attack that can take place at Infosec. He will introduce the risks in the future of phishing to both organisations and their customers, and what it takes to be one step ahead of them.

Keepnet Labs - From Beyond the Wall to the Seven Kingdoms: Why Email Threat-Sharing Gives Us a Chance - 05 Jun 2019, 12:10 - 12:25

Announcing a game changing industry first, James Baker of Keepnet Labs will explain their patent pending Threat-Share product, adding significant power through innovation to their holistic email defence solution.

Hack the Box - A Journey of Self Driven Security Training - 05 Jun 2019, 14:15 - 14:30

This talk details a course of progression from engineer to security advocate, highlighting the importance of self-driven teaching methodologies, the increased availability of high-quality training resources and how they can be applied to improving the skill set of individuals and teams alike.

Presentations and technology showcases

The conference is packed with keynote presentations, strategy talks, technology showcases, Geek Street, and numerous special eventsAs part of the wider discussion, exhibitors will cover topics such as privacy, hackers and threats, the human element, law, IoT security, public interest technology, and talent shortages. The conference is packed with keynote presentations, strategy talks, technology showcases, Geek Street, and numerous special events supported and presented by our exhibitors.

Garrison, developers of Silicon Assured Video Isolation will be at stand F280 on Wednesday 5 June at 16:00 to invite visitors to meet RAVI the robot, a first-of-its-kind in web security hardware. Get RAVI the robot to browse the most insecure websites for you, so that you remain safe and protected from malicious code and injection-based cyberattacks.

Positive Technologies will give a demonstration on the security risks of the IoT on Geek Street, 05 Jun 2019, 13:00 - 13:45. This presentation will look in depth at the vulnerabilities discovered in a ZTE wi-fi router, including a demo, the risks associated with each flaw, how they can be addressed, and lessons we can learn for IoT security.

Advice from cybersecurity professionals

Victoria Windsor, Group Content Manager at Infosecurity Group, says: “This year promises to be brimming with powerful business insights and industry-redefining conversations. We aim to showcase information, intelligence and advice from the world’s top cybersecurity professionals, to enable visitors and exhibitors to connect and share perspectives over the security issues they encounter. We encourage visitors to come along and experience everything on offer, and even bring their teams along to divide and conquer the show.

Infosecurity Europe, now in its 24th year, takes place at Olympia, Hammersmith, London, from 4-6 June 2019. It attracts over 19,500 unique information security professionals attending from every segment of the industry, including 400+ exhibitors showcasing their products and services, industry analysts, worldwide press and policy experts, and over 200 industry speakers are lined up to take part in the free-to-attend conference, seminar and workshop programme.

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