By W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, Executive Director, (ISC)²
Last September, we held our first annual (ISC)² Security Congress event in Orlando, and the feedback we received from our members is that it was a great learning and networking experience, and that they love having an event to call their own. As we look forward to this year’s Security Congress, set to take place in Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A. September 10 – 13, 2012, we can expect more of the top-notch information security education given to all levels of professionals, as well as exciting sessions addressing the intersection of traditional and information security.
Once again, Congress will be colocated with the ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2012). The two events will bring together more than 20,000 information and physical security practitioners for what promises to be a great event. And as it did last year, the colocated events allow both (ISC)² and ASIS to better serve the entire security community by strategically aligning our organizational resources and providing access to core knowledge and best practices across the full spectrum of traditional and information security disciplines to all of our members.
With that said, a conference can only be great as its participants, speakers, and attendees. For that reason, I would like to encourage everyone to participate in the Call for Speakers announced last month. Speaking at Congress is not only a great way to add value and present innovative ideas that will reverberate throughout the industry, but it’s also a great way to connect with your peers. (ISC)² is currently accepting speaker submissions for all levels of experience – from fundamental, to intermediate, to advanced information security tracks focused on:
- Compliance, Regulation & Governance
- Threats - Inside and Out
- Cloud Security
- Swiss Army Knife
- Application Security
- Mobile Security/Social Networking
- Software Assurance
- Government Security
To submit a proposal in one of the categories above, please visit https://www.isc2.org/Congress2012/call-for-speakers.aspx. (ISC)² will accept submissions until February 27, 2012.
Registered attendees can attend any of more than 150 conference sessions throughout 22 education tracks or mingle with more than 700 exhibitors, as well as sit in on keynote addresses, to be announced at a later date. Registration is now open, and (ISC)2 members can enjoy a significant discount off of the regular conference registration price at www.isc2.org/congress2012.
Bringing together IT professionals from a wide variety of disciplines for a conference of this magnitude no doubt has an invaluable and positive effect on the future of our field. As the world’s largest information security professional community, we are excited to bring our members together with other security pros from around the globe and aim to make Congress 2012 THE event of the year once again!