Insights from Infosecurity Europe 2010

With over 300 exhibitors, Infosecurity Europe provided the perfect opportunity to showcase new and innovative services to top security professionals across Europe. Intralinks was there to showcase Intralinks Courier, a secure, efficient and cost effective solution to streamline ad-hoc large file transfers.


1 June 2010

At the end of April, Intralinks attended Infosecurity Europe, Europe’s largest information security event. Celebrating its 15th year, Infosecurity Europe attracted over 12,000 information security professionals to Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, where delegates gathered to discuss the most pressing information security issues and attend a variety of education sessions hosted by international speakers and industry experts.

With over 300 exhibitors, Infosecurity Europe provided the perfect opportunity to showcase new and innovative services to top security professionals across Europe. Intralinks was there to showcase Intralinks Courier, a secure, efficient and cost effective solution to streamline ad-hoc large file transfers. Intralinks Courier seamlessly integrates with company email systems or can be used as a desktop application or via a web-based browser, introducing unmatched security to help business users securely exchange large files while maintaining compliance with requirements that govern their businesses.

A highlight for many was the three day educational programme which explored the hottest ideas in information security, drawing on the experience of senior end users, technical experts and case studies. It was with interest that I attended the session, ‘What Is a Risk Too Far?’ The topic focused on the security issues surrounding cloud computing and with Intralinks recently joining the Cloud Security Alliance, the debate between the two panelists, Jim Reavis, co-founder and executive director of the Cloud Security Alliance and Paul Simmonds, Global IS Integrated Assurance Director of AstraZeneca and Jericho Forum Board Member, made for a good discussion.

Infosecurity Europe BannerAccording to Reavis, lack of transparency was the biggest issue preventing many organisations adopting cloud computing and due to the infancy of the model, there is no regulation or comprehensive audit process, making it a sticking point for some companies when putting critical data on the cloud. However, Simmonds believes that if risk assessment is carried out beforehand and due diligence throughout the process is maintained then there is no reason for security to be an issue when considering the cloud.

According to the panellists, despite some initial reservations cloud computing will achieve critical mass within five years. Reavis explained that the economics are too compelling not to adopt this on-demand model and it could be even sooner if the industry can move quickly to build confidence in emerging standards. If the industry can find a scalable approach that is trusted by customers, traction can be made to provide the necessary assurances in the cloud environment mitigating any potential risks involved. It’s exciting to think that this will be the case and it’s up to us as providers to work with organisations such as the Cloud Security Alliance to instil customer confidence so businesses can experience the benefits the cloud has to offer such as reduced IT costs, increased IT effectiveness and enhanced innovation.

InfoSec Europe 2010Intralinks' booth at Infosecurity Europe 2010