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ISMG Announces International Sites

New, Local Insights on Global Banking, Security Challenges
ISMG Announces International Sites

I'm proud to announce today the launch of four new BankInfoSecurity sites -- in the UK, Europe, India and Asia -- with a fifth new site coming very soon.

It's safe to say: Today's announcement has been five years in the making.

It was 2006 when Information Security Media Group, a startup based in Princeton, New Jersey, launched the original BankInfoSecurity, a news site targeting U.S.-based banking and security leaders.

The thought was: Online banking was coming into its own, U.S. banking regulators had just handed down their initial guidance on multifactor authentication. There was no better time to be talking about banking and security, and yet there was no one news source available that did just that. There were banking publications, and there were security publications. No one combined the two. Until BankInfoSecurity.

Since the site's launch, it's grown exponentially and distinguished itself in several ways, including:

  • News - We've become the primary source for breaking news on such topics as the RSA SecurID breach, which impacts security organizations worldwide. Also recently, BankInfoSecurity broke the news of the accidental disclosure of new online banking guidance, which brings us right back to the topic that launched the site.
  • Interviews - We regularly conduct concise, compelling podcast interviews with global thought-leaders on a variety of topics ranging from fraud to education and emerging technologies. A prime example is my recent conversation with Rik Ferguson, Director of Security Research and Communications for Trend Micro, on how even the best practices of multifactor authentication are often misguided.
  • Training - We have an entire curriculum of webinar programs taught by banking/security practitioners on today's hottest topics, including regulatory compliance, fraud prevention and emerging technologies such as cloud computing and social media.
  • Research - We conduct and analyze our own web-based surveys on key topics such as our latest Faces of Fraud study, which offers insight into how global institutions are fighting back against today's most prevalent threats.

In addition to BankInfoSecurity, in recent years we've also launched three other news sites: CUInfoSecurity for U.S. credit unions; GovInfoSecurity for the public sector; and HealthcareInfoSecurity to serve the medical community. Each of these sites occupies a unique niche and offers its own unique mix of news, interviews, education and research.

In our five years of existence, we've found that a growing percentage of our audience is based outside the U.S. and comes to us because the banking and security issues we discuss - they're global. Yes, there are regional nuances, but security and privacy concerns are universal.

Which is why we're launching this series of new international BankInfoSecurity sites today - to draw proper attention to local issues and thought-leaders that have an impact on the global banking industry.

We're leading with a series of brand new podcast interviews conducted with banking/security leaders in this region, and in the coming days and weeks you will see a steady stream of content focused exclusively on each of these regions.

In addition to localized content, we're pleased to share with with all of our audiences our five years of archival content, including some very recent content of global import: Our coverage of the recent RSA Conference 2011 and our ongoing attention to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, which impacts merchants, institutions and processors worldwide.

This isn't just a one-way street, though. We don't want to just push content into our new marketplaces. As always, we welcome content from our audience, too. Podcasts, guest blogs, case studies - these avenues are all open, and I welcome anyone's suggestions for these. If you have a story to tell - or know someone who does - then please e-mail me, and let's talk.

Meanwhile, check out the new BankInfoSecurity sites, and let me know what you think of them. It's exciting to be launching new sites, and we're all eager for your feedback so we can grow healthy, strong, global ... and local.

About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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