Press Release


 ISACA Prepares Cyber Security Professionals for Skills Now and the Future With 2017 CSX Europe Conference 

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (21 July 2017) With the clear majority of businesses contending they will experience a cyberattack in the next year, according to ISACA’s State of Cyber Security 2017 reports, the need for security-skilled professionals globally continues to scale.

ISACA’s CSX 2017 Europe conference aims to enhance the capabilities of the cyber security workforce and their importance in the fast-moving cyber security and business environment. The conference will feature keynote presentations, practical workshops and breakout sessions dedicated to equipping the cyber security workforce with essential new business and technical skills beyond their existing expertise.

Taking place 30 October-1 November at InterContinental London - The O2, CSX 2017 Europe will welcome all levels of security and business technology professionals across various sectors, from finance and consultancy to healthcare and legal.

Building a 360° skill-set.

ISACA’s State of Cyber Security 2017 research highlighted that a skills shortage is still a huge issue, with more than half of respondents agreeing that cyber security professionals lack an ability to understand the business as a whole.

“Research suggests that with new and evolving threats, emerging CISOs and their teams will need to continually develop their technical skills while enhancing their softer skills,” said Tim Mason, ISACA Senior Vice President, Operations & Chief Experience Officer. “The blend of technical expertise, in addition to business acumen and sound communication skills, will be required to effectively manage the threats their organizations face.”

Adapting to business change
With the need for cyber security professionals to cast their business understanding more effectively, the opening keynote address, ‘Biz 4.0’ by Ade McCormack, will look at the changing external factors in the digital age and the implications for business models, people, culture, leadership, risk and security. Attendees will leave the session considering the actions which need to be taken to thrive in changing times.

Exposure to real-world threats
More than half of organisations agree that practical, hands-on experience is the most important cyber security qualification. The CSX Cyber Challenge taking place at this year’s conference is an opportunity for beginner-to-intermediate level professionals to practise both offensive and defensive skills, with the chance for the top three scorers to win prizes. For the participants, it is an opportunity to get involved in cyber security training outside the traditional classroom setting.

Additionally, Peter Wood, CEO of First Base Technologies LLP, will host a weekend workshop based on a red team exercise, simulating a real-world criminal attack against both IT and OT environments. Attendees will be taken through each step of a real-world exercise: planning and recon, spear phishing, telephone social engineering, building access, network exploitation and data exfiltration. The hands-on session aims to help attendees appreciate their own business risks, identify the phases of an attack and map these threats onto future security plans.

The full programme for CSX Europe 2017 can be found at:



Nearing its 50th year, ISACA® ( is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organizations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its half-million engaged professionals in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 215 chapters and offices in both the United States and China.




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