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Right Honourable David Blunkett to Deliver Opening Keynote at Inaugural (ISC)² Security Congress EMEA


Registration now open; over 30 educational sessions, five panel debates, and pre-conference certification workshops

London, UK, Sept 2, 2014(ISC)²® ("ISC-squared"), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with over 100,000 members worldwide, today released its education programme and speaker line-up for its inaugural Security Congress EMEA, taking place 9-10 December at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London. Organised in partnership with MIS Training Institute, the conference programme offers a broad professional development opportunity, combining a comprehensive plenary programme with focussed track sessions from a cross-section of the security community throughout the region. Kicking off the programme with insights into why the UK government elevated cybersecurity to a tier one threat is The Right Honourable David Blunkett, MP, who has held a number of senior Cabinet posts within the UK government, including Home Secretary (2001-2004).

"I am very pleased to see and support this obvious commitment from the (ISC)² community to showcase the best of experience and increase our capacity to ensure security for us all in our now digitally-enabled, digitally-dependent economy. It has never been more crucial for the region's international information security profession to come together and align effort as we all face the increasingly complex and adversarial challenges that are developing in the cyber world," says Blunkett.

Other confirmed keynotes speakers include:

Dr. Simon Singh, best-selling author, journalist, radio broadcaster, TV producer and director

Dr. Stefan Lüders, head of Computer Security, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Jaya Baloo, CISO, KPN, The Netherlands

Michael Colao, Head of Security, AXA UK

Conference sessions cover current events, including the privacy issues hampering the UK's NHS data sharing scheme and real-world case studies from Euroclear, Ministry of Justice of Saudi Arabia, UBS, Dutch National Cyber Security Centre, and more. Delegates can organise their agenda from over 30 sessions, including a comprehensive plenary programme and break-out sessions across five tracks: Governance, Risk & Compliance; Mobile Security; Human Factor; Security Architecture; and Data Security. 

"The quality and depth of the response received following our call for speakers was overwhelming, allowing us to build a strong programme that addresses professional development needs at all levels. This event offers the professional community an opportunity to learn from peers and debate the latest proposals around some of the key cybersecurity issues that are challenging companies, governments, and society today," says John Colley, managing director for EMEA, (ISC)².

In addition to the conference sessions, Security Congress EMEA delegates have the opportunity to include two pre-conference workshops, held on 8 December, within their conference agenda. These workshops are based on the (ISC)² CBK® training seminars for the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM) and Certified Software Security Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®) credentials.

"It is our vision to inspire a safe and secure cyber world. We execute on this vision by offering value to society through credentials, resources, and leadership. These concepts are reflected in Security Congress EMEA 2014 through a valuable education programme. I am delighted to see the calibre of speakers that have chosen to speak at our event," says Wim Remes, chair, (ISC)² Board of Directors.

All sessions and workshops qualify for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. Registration is now open, and  (ISC)² members, chapter members, and supporting organisations are eligible for special discounted pricing. For more information or to register for (ISC)² Security Congress EMEA, please visit

About (ISC)²® 
Formed in 1989 and celebrating its 25th anniversary, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with over 100,000 members in more than 135 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²'s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information and software security topics. More information is available at

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