Whitehall Media’s annual GOVSEC conference is shortlisted as ‘Best Free to Attend’ event by the prestigious Conference Awards 2017
Manchester UK, 19 May 2017 – Whitehall Media are pleased to announce that their annual GOVSEC conference has been shortlisted as ‘best free to attend’ conference by the upcoming Conference Awards which is set to take place on 30 June, 2017 at Tobacco Quay in London.
Whitehall Media’s GOVSEC conference, founded in 2014, is geared around enabling government to function effectively, safely and securely through improved IT, information and infrastructural security.
The all-day conference explores how public sector organisations and professionals can make sense of securing their functions in a rapidly changing environment. The event attracts up to 500 delegates every year, belonging to the cyber and information security professions, to discuss the threat landscape, ways to detect and defeat threats, and best practice on the approaches required to protect critical national systems and networks.
The event attracts delegates and speakers from across the breadth of the public sector – central government, local government, university sector, health authorities, devolved governments and emergency services.
Held annually, GOVSEC allows delegates to benefit from keynotes from senior thought leaders and security practitioners, understand how the risk landscape affects them and their organisation, gain practical knowledge about the latest tools and technologies to help them support the delivery of their business objectives, gain expert advice on specific security challenges and stay up to date with the latest insights in the InfoSec space.
Ahead of the awards ceremony, Waqas Hashemi, CEO of Whitehall Media, commented:
“We are pleased to be shortlisted as a finalist by the Conference Awards, which recognises excellence in quality of research, content, creativity and delegate experience. Our GOVSEC conference has consistently attracted high ratings from delegates owing to the importance of the subject matter for government to function safely in an interconnected world.
“The government routinely deters and defends against scores of cyber-attacks often targeting sensitive information held by public sector institutions. There has, in recent months, been an upswing in ransomware attacks.
“Only last week we held our 4th annual GOVSEC event which brought together hundreds of security practitioners from across government. Two days later, the WannaCry ransomware attack hit hospitals and GP surgeries in England and Scotland with crippling consequences.
“The challenges faced by those working in government security teams are significant: they are open to the same information security threats as their counterparts in the private sector but subject to greater standards than their peers, while also not benefitting from agility of response or use of new innovations owing to budgetary constraints. Our conference offers an unrivalled platform for policymakers, practitioners and those in the vendor community to network, share and find practicable solutions to real-world security challenges.”
The winner of the ‘Best Free to Attend’ Conference Award is set to be announced on 30 June 2017.