I have now attended eight “Infosecs” in a row. I refer of course to Reed’s Information Security Europe exhibition, a show that has been serving the IT security industry for getting on for 20 years. In my time I have seen the show expand enough to move from the relative confines of Olympia to the wide open spaces (sort of) of Earls Court.
Amid the glitz of the stands, the show girls (who were noticeably less ‘‘racy” this year due to new regulations by the organisers), the ear busting live demos and the catching up with old friends I wonder how much worse my knowledge of the state of information security would be if I didn’t attend. But perhaps I am missing the point of Infosec.
Some past major exhibitors have made their own minds up in recent years – Microsoft hasn’t bothered to exhibit for several years and this year McAfee failed to show up for the first time. According to a report in CRN, the Intel owned company would instead be focusing some of its sales and marketing on specific and targeted activity directly, and through its channel. In the same article however, Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of distributors Wick Hill, said it already booked its stand for 2014. “I’m a bit surprised at [McAfee not attending] – Infosec is the top European security show and we certainly see a lot of business from attending,” he told CRN.