The Info Sec Africa Forum, developed from ideas raised by delegates at the Info Sec Africa 99/2000 conferences, has been launched. Delegates expressed the need for a neutral forum for vendors and end-users to meet on a regular basis to allow a sharing of knowledge at all levels of information security practice.
At a preliminary meeting in June comprising members representative of all industry sectors, a committee was elected, its intention to add shape to the Forum.
Geoff Tumber, formerly Information Security Co-ordinator at Standard Bank and now an independent consultant and Forum Chairman states: "The goals of the Forum are to provide the information security industry in South Africa with a voice. We aim to raise the national awareness level for the need for appropriate information security, as well as providing a channel between government bodies and industry on matters of mutual interest regarding information security."
Adds Tumber, "The Forum mission statement says it all. 'We are a professional organisation with the aim of addressing the needs of IT security practitioners and of providing a forum for inter-company and public/private sector discussion on information security issues.'"
Vernon Fryer, Information Security Manager for The National Lottery and Forum committee member added, "We want to establish the relevant training requirement to enable IS practitioners to become truly professional and assist in developing a code of ethics for IS professionals."
The committee has been regularly meeting to establish membership criteria, constitution and planning into the year ahead. "We are ready to launch the Johannesburg Forum in October and urge as many IS practitioners as possible to attend," said Jo Yuill, Forum Secretary. "This is your Forum and we need industry input to make it a success."
The Forum will hold regular conferences, training courses and aims to seek alliances with similar organisations in this and other countries. There will also be regular chapter meetings in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. The launch will be in the form of a breakfast meeting at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, Illovo, Johannesburg, 26 October 2000, 08h30-11h00.