Preview of this year's Law Society of Scotland IT conference, which includes a keynote address by the "James Bond" of security advisers

The Society’s annual IT Conference, Nothing but the Net, is well established as a key event in the legal IT calendar. This year’s conference is taking place on Tuesday 7 October at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Glasgow and will have a strong focus on e-crime and security.

Richard MacLennan, the Society’s IT manager, explains the choice of theme: “E-crime is a global phenomenon which no individual or organisation can afford to ignore. This year’s conference will look into the latest threats and how we all should be tackling the latest information security challenges.”

NBTN goes undercover

Ira Winkler, President of the Internet Security Advisors Group, is flying in specially from the USA to be keynote speaker at the conference. Considered one of the world’s most influential security professionals, he has been named a “Modern Day James Bond” by the media. A former undercover security analyst with the National Security Agency, he now works with governments and major corporations to help them uncover potential security breaches. His unique approach to security issues has included performing espionage simulations, where he physically and technically “broke into” some of the largest companies in the world to investigate crimes against them. Winkler continues to perform these espionage simulations, as well as assisting organisations in developing cost effective security programs.

Jenny Paterson, Head of Update at the Society says: “We are thrilled to have Ira join us for this year’s IT conference. His reputation as consultant, author and IT guru precedes him and we are looking forward to him revealing his security secrets and sharing with us how we can protect ourselves, and our companies, from e-crime and fraud.”

Workshop choice

The afternoon programme offers another keynote address by DS Alastair Wilson, who will be looking at the developments in cyber crime. Throughout the day there is also a packed schedule of workshops ranging from technically focused sessions on digital forensics and unified communications, to discussion forums challenging legal issues of data protection, intellectual property rights in a digital age and developing your firm’s corporate social responsibility.

Ron Macfarlane, national sales manager for conference sponsors Dacoll said: “Having attended the exhibition in previous years, Dacoll decided to sponsor the 2008 event as

e-security is a huge subject. Security is not only about the high profile cases but includes how your data is stored every day and what disaster recovery, business continuity and reliable backup solutions are in place. These are the decisions that help keep you secure. Nothing but the Net is the only event that delivers for the key decision makers in the legal profession in Scotland in a single day.”

E-legal @ Nothing but the Net is taking place on Tuesday 7 October at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Glasgow. .

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