BCS to host seminars at Networks for Business 2003

16 June 2003

BCS will be hosting three free seminar sessions at the Networks for Business 2003 exhibition to be held at the Birmingham NEC, 24-26 June.

The seminars will address the issues of Information Security for small businesses; the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL); becoming a Chief Information Officer and Organisational Politics.

The Networks for Business exhibition is an ideal forum for businesses to present their business applications to all IT professionals and to learn from industry experts on how to improve current IT processes.

The first seminar entitled 'Information Security for small and very small businesses' to be held on 24th June, will be of particular interest to smaller businesses who have been overwhelmed with the complex issues surrounding IT security and the ways in which security breaches can be prevented.

Wilf Voss, of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) will be presenting the second seminar on 25th June on how ECDL - the internationally recognised IT qualification - is raising the general level of competency in Information Communication Technology (ICT). Wilf will explain how ECDL has been adopted by HSBC, 3M, Bank of England, the MoD, Cabinet Office and the NHS and how this has improved productivity at work, reduced ICT support costs and enabled employers to invest more efficiently in ICT.

The final seminar on 26th June will be of benefit to aspiring IT managers. Entitled 'So you want to become a Chief Information Officer?' the seminar will be presented by former BCS Elite Directors Forum Chairman and IT Director Roger Ellis who will discuss the characteristics of a good CIO and how to make a positive impact on an organisation. The seminar will be followed with a presentation from Dr Robina Chatham who has lectured in Management Information Systems at the Cranfield School of Management and has also served as European IT Director for a leading merchant bank. Her talk is entitled "Organisational Politics - learn how to play the Board".

Jane Murphy, Portfolio Director of Networks for Business commented, "We are delighted to be able to welcome BCS to Networks for Business and give our visitors another practical educational opportunity to learn more about key issues and solutions for them and their careers."

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