Last night I attended the BCS ELITE annual dinner - the first for several years, but well worth the wait. It was a black tie event at the Landsdowne Club, where the food and wine was excellent, and the latter flowed in quantity (hence feeling rather fragile today). I was really pleased to find that I was sharing a table with the always entertaining Lord Renwick and his lovely Lady, as well as several other intelligent and erudite folk. What a good start to the festive season :-) This post isn't really much to do with security, but I would recommend ELITE to anyone interested in good conversation and networking with IT people.
I just spent three extremely useful and enjoyable days at the ISACAInformation Security and Risk Management conference in Amsterdam. A great selection of speakers and topics, plus terrific networking opportunities. If you are able to attend next year (in Vienna I believe) it could be a good investment. For US readers, the conference is also held Las Vegas - this year's event was just as stimulating as the European version.