09/10/2001

Northern Ireland welcomes IT security conference

Network and Internet security are priorities if Northern Ireland businesses are going to be able to rise to the challenges of the Information Age.

According to Professor Fabian Monds, Chairman of the Information Age Initiative for Northern Ireland who was speaking at the Trusted Network Security on Monday, security must be made a priority for companies across the province. He said: "It is very encouraging to see businesses such as Entropy and PricewaterhouseCoopers working together to promote business security tools.

“Online security is of the utmost importance and it is understandable that many businesses do not yet trust the Internet. However, the practical examples we have seen here today are exactly what is required to encourage businesses to take the “Leap” into the Information Age."

Professor Monds also took the opportunity to remind those present about the Information Age Initiative’s Second Call for Leapfrog funded projects announced on September 11.

He added: "The Information Age Initiative is looking to build on the success of the first call for Leapfrog funded projects and early indications suggest a high level of interest from some innovative and forward thinking projects."

Professor Monds also announced that the Information Age Initiative was developing a “Leapfrog Club e-zine” to help continue work with existing and new Leapfrog projects to maximise their potential. This will be launched in December at www.Leapfrog.gov.uk

The Information Age Initiative was formed in June 1999 and first met formally in September 1999. The IAI launched ‘Leapfrog to the Information Age’ in April 2000. (MB)

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