By Lawrence Casiraya
MANILA, Philippines -- The Information Systems Security Society of the
Philippines (ISSSP) is set to hold its annual IT security forum hoping
to raise more awareness this time among smaller companies.
Carrying the title "ManilaCon2K7: World at Risk", the yearly forum seeks
to become a venue for local companies to become update with the latest
trends and products in IT security.
Cynthia Mamon, current ISSSP chair and president of Sun Microsystems
Philippines, said the yearly forum -- which falls on the date of the
historic 9/11 attacks in the US -- is not veering away from its original
intent which is to instill awareness among companies.
As more companies begin using the Internet as a business tool, ISSSP
wants to educate smaller end-users on IT security.
Analysts like IDC have projected growth in security spending among
businesses, leading to a convergence of different solutions. Globally,
IDC estimates total market spending on security alone at $940 million.
"Those connected to the Internet should be fully aware of their
responsibilities when it comes to security since any breach by one
member of the community can provide a real threat," Mamon said in a
The two-day conference, scheduled September 11 and 12 at the
Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City, will exhibit security solutions
from vendors like Secure Computing, Oracle Corp. and Computer
The conference is being organized by ISSSP in cooperation with the
Commission on Information and Communications Technology and the National
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