Upcoming ISSA Meeting

Venue & Schedule
The next ISSA Ireland chapter meeting will be held on Tuesday February 17th at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin. This will be a half-day seminar covering a range of topics and will run from 1 PM to approx 5 PM followed by drinks in the hotel bar.

Attendance Fees
Since this is a more substantial event than a typical evening or lunchtime seminar ISSA Ireland will be charging a registration fee and registration is required. Members will be charged €30 (payable by cash or cheque on the day) while the non-member fee will be €130, with €100 of this covering ISSA membership for those who wish to join following the event.

Agenda
The agenda for this half-day seminar is as follows:
Ensuring Security of In-house Applications
Colin Bell is an application security expert within IBM’s Rational Appscan team (formerly Watchfire) where he manages the “AppScan onDemand” security testing service. Colin has over 22 years IT experience, primarily in application development roles, and for the past 8 years he has specialised in application security testing. Prior to joining IBM Colin developed and managed a service within Sun Life Financial which was globally responsible for their internal security testing services. At our February meeting Colin’s presentation will address the security of in-house applications with a comprehensive discussion of application security focusing on how security testing can be built into internal development processes.

Legal Issues in Information Security
Philip Nolan is a partner in the commercial department of Mason Hayes & Curran, one of Ireland’s leading commercial law firms. Philip’s knowledge and experience in technology, communications and privacy law have made him one of the top Irish solicitors in these areas and the perfect speaker to address legal issues in information security. On February 7th Philip will discuss the legal issues that affect information security professionals in Ireland, from privacy issues such as employee monitoring to contract questions and updates on relevant HR and data protection legislation.

Implementing ISO27001 in a Windows Environment
Brian Honan is an Irish security professional who runs BH Consulting, a specialist IT and information security consultancy, and is a regular speaker on information security issues. Brian’s particular area of expertise is the ISO 27001 standard for information security management systems and at our February meeting Brian will outline how 27001 can be implemented using Windows technology. Drawing on his recent book, “Implementing ISO 27001 in a Windows Environment”, Brian’s presentation will explain the standard’s technical control requirements and show what they mean for the secure configuration and management of a typical Windows systems.

Effective Security Awareness Programmes
Mike Harris is one of Ireland’s most senior security professionals and a popular speaker who has contributed to several past ISSA events. As Director of Risk Advisory Services with Ernst & Young Mike has worked with many organisations to improve their security and on several occasions has filled security management roles on an interim basis. Mike’s presentation on February 17th will address one of the most difficult management challenges in information security: building effective security awareness programmes. Drawing on his experience of both consulting assignments and in-house roles Mike will explain how to structure an effective programme, how to select appropriate messages, how to develop or source content and how to measure effectiveness over time.
 
Registration
Advance registration for this event is required, to register please go to the ISSA Ireland website

I look forward to meeting some of you there.

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