The growth of cyber security

The biggest event in the world of UK information security is just coming to an end for another year, at Earl’s Court in London.

Infosecurity Europe is an opportunity for the major players in the areas of IT governance, risk and compliance to get together to share ideas, network and compare freebies (there’s still a couple of hours to pop by stand F98 for a free £5 voucher, a 15-minute consultancy surgery and, if you ask nicely, perhaps some sweets too).

But, just opposite our stand, there’s also been a busy programme of talks, lectures and seminars with some of the leading experts on information security taking the time to share their wisdom.

Chloe Smith’s Keynote Speech

Yesterday, Chloe Smith, UK minister for political and constitutional reform, gave her keynote speech outlining the government’s commitment to taking information security seriously.

She focussed not only on the enormous threats posed by cyber criminals (apparently 33,000 malicious emails are intercepted by the government’s secure gateway each month) but also the huge opportunity it presents for UK companies.

The cyber security industry is worth £3.8billion each year to the UK economy, with the sector employing 26,000 people in 2380 companies. Industry growth is expected to be double that of the ‘traditional’ security world.

This is excellent news for those in the industry.

Cyber security is key, not only to the 2380 companies directly attached to it, but also to any company that relies on electronic communication, ecommerce, card payments, cloud technologies, social media, mobile storage devices, etc. Cybersecurity affects everyone – and qualified cyber security professionals are already in very high demand.

Get ahead with IT Governance

IT Governance is responsible for the world’s first certificated programme of ISO27001 – the leading cyber security standard – education.  We offer a structured learning path from Foundation to Advanced level in ISO27001 as well as courses in other cyber security disciplines including PCI DSS and DPA.

To read Chloe Smith’s keynote speech in full, visit the Government Speeches website: