What is Security Convergence? Why does a unified security strategy make sense in the age of the Internet of Everything?

Convergence explained. Three layers of security convergence. Strategy, People, Processes and Technology. Cyber Physical Systems, the IOT and blended security threats. Team response. Converged risks and common risk reporting. Cyber Risks of Physical Security and Building Management Systems explored. Recent examples of convergent work and technologies outlined.

James Willison is the Vice Chairman of the ASIS European Convergence/ESRM committee and winner of the Imbert Prize 2011 for his work on Security Convergence with ASIS Europe and the Information Security community including ISACA, ISC(2) and the IISP. As founder of Unified Security Ltd he works in the field of Security Convergence including HR, FM and other business support functions and is an implementation partner of CiticusONE risk management software. He holds an MA in Security Management from Loughborough University for his work on the convergence of Corporate and Digital Security. He is currently an Associate Senior Lecturer on the Post Graduate Security Management Programme at Loughborough University and regularly speaks at International Security Conferences including the ASIS European Security Conference, on Cyber Physical Threats, Converged Security and Enterprise Security Risk Management. He advises the Mitie TSM Board on Convergence and contributes to International Security Standards. In particular he co-ordinated the Convergence team on the ANSI ASIS Physical Asset Protection Standard which has sections on cross functional teaming and security convergence. He has twenty years experience in Physical and Information Security management, working with leading global organisations and involved in developing their security strategies. James is a member of the Security Institute and has written numerous articles on converged security risk management and contributes frequently to on-line security forums.

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Women in Security: Building for the Future

It’s no secret that the information security profession is lacking female minds. In fact, the 2015 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Studies study shows that women represent only 10% of the industry. Awareness is certainly improving, as evidenced by a recent increase in women-focused professional events. Yet, as the (ISC)2 studies have shown, the proportion of women to men has been stubbornly stagnant. The number of women in information security employment is growing, but only at the rate of growth equal to that of the profession as a whole. But what else can we do to improve momentum to ensure future success? Learn why networking, knowledge sharing and investing in the next generation are key to building a future for women in security, while also strengthening the industry as a whole.

Presenter: Ms Marci McCarthy:

Currently the CEO and President of Tech Exec Networks, Inc. (T.E.N.), an award winning technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm. As founder of the organization, she is responsible for driving the strategic direction of this widely respected, privately held company, remaining deeply engaged with a vast network of IT and information security professionals and solution providers.  

Ms. McCarthy has more than 20 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience, including founding T.E.N.’s flagship program, the Information Security Executive® of the Year (ISE®) Program Series, which is lauded by the IT industry as the premier recognition and networking program for security professionals in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, McCarthy launched ISE® Talent, a T.E.N. Company, which provides exclusive information security leadership talent management solutions.

Under McCarthy’s direction, T.E.N. has won numerous awards for offering programs that fulfill the need for security professionals to be recognized by their peers and exchange valuable information. In 2011, T.E.N. was an AMA Amy Awards finalist for its event marketing achievements. As a winner of the TAG 2010 Excalibur Award, T.E.N. was lauded for using technology to excel in their industry. That same year the company was announced as a finalist for the TechAmerica Spirit of Endeavor Awards, recognizing its leadership in technology education. In 2013, T.E.N. was once again named a finalist for the TAG Excalibur Awards.

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