Is Infosec Different in the UK Versus USA?

June 3, 2015 | Javvad Malik

The green sunglasses were blinking, the green slushies were on tap and somewhere the imperial death march tune was playing. It was of course the AlienVault booth at Infosec 2015 which gave us Aliens the perfect vantage point to interact and meet with attendees.

Despite being June, London’s weather was true to form in being overcast and rainy for most of the day. But that didn’t seem to put a damper on the mood of attendees at Olympia.

For the vendors that were at RSA just a few weeks ago, the messaging and products remained largely unchanged. However, the largely British attendees had some diverse needs and issues based on legislation, privacy requirements as well as the recent ‘snooper charter’ taking centre stage in most discussions.

This got us thinking whether there was a fundamental difference between how the UK approaches security versus their American cousins and so went out to ask some people for their opinions on the matter.

What do you think? Does geography have an impact on how security is undertaken, or is security the same regardless of location? Let us know in the comments below.

Javvad Malik

About the Author: Javvad Malik

The man, the myth, the blogger; Javvad Malik is a London-based IT Security professional. Better known as an active blogger, event speaker and industry commentator who is possibly best known as one of the industry’s most prolific video bloggers with his signature fresh and light-hearted perspective on security. Prior to joining AlienVault, Javvad was a senior analyst with 451 Research providing technology vendors, investors and end users with strategic advisory services, including competitive research and go-to-market positioning.

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