Information Assurance in the UK Public Sector Tackling barriers to achieving best practice

BCS IRMA Group Event.

Wednesday 14 March 2012
6.00 - Registration & buffet
6.30 - Presentation
7.30 - Networking Session

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Andrea Simmons

Event Details:

'Information Assurance' - are we sure what it means and why we are doing it? This session will introduce to you some research being undertaken to establish what the key challenges are in ensuring that the public sector improves its current tawdry track record with regard to the protection of information assets. Andrea is undertaking a PhD in Information Assurance in the UK Public Sector and is at the research stage following a literature review. The research is looking at how best to join up the current professionalism agendas and apply them to the continual delivery and improvement of information security within the public sector - in keeping with the Governments’ post Poynter review agenda of embedding Information Assurance for the greater good. Also, there is a need to review the impact of politics and culture on the shifting priorities that distract from embedding the 'best practice' that should, by now, be inherent in all well performing organisations. The IRMA audience has always been a challenging one and your input and views will be very welcome! This is an opportunity to help shape the future as a result of lessons learnt from the past.

Speaker Profile:

Managing Director, Simmons Professional Services Ltd

Andrea is a Fellow of the BCS, writes a Security Blog for the BCS, previously been the Security Forum Manager and is now a member of the Security Community of Expertise (SCoE). Andrea is an enthusiastic information assurance specialist with extensive experience in the wide public sector - including local government, NDPBs, health and emergency services. Andrea has expertise in Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Information Governance, Records Management, Legislation and Information Security strategy, compliance and training. This covers the breadth of both public and private sector compliance requirements including Data Handling, ISO27001, PCI, CoCo, GCx, security architecture and design, implementing compliance programmes and information security management systems (ISMS).

Continuing Professional Development

This event counts for one hour towards your (CPD) more information available at

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