I’ve spoken to many IT Professionals to find out whether there’s a security user group in the UK that provides the opportunity to meet peers and share ideas – I’ve not been able to find one in the UK though have found many active groups in America.
Am I missing something here? Do you have experience of UK based information security oriented user groups? Why do you think they don’t seem to exist?
The nearest to UK based security user groups I’ve come across are professional bodies such as the British Computer Society, the Institute of Electrical Engineers, ISACA et al though IMHO whilst they provide excellent resources they have barriers to entry such as cost or qualification.
Other areas of technology have thriving UK based user groups – take the developer community for example, amongst others they have VBUG which is a highly active group who meet at locations all around the country to share ideas.. The UK Database community have Tony’s excellent SQLServerFAQ user group. If you get a moment please take a look at these existing user groups to see the sort of benefits they offer – surely those of you who are based in the UK would benefit from something similar for Information Security.
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