Once again we have returned to London to attend the PCI London mid-year conference which was just recently held on Wednesday, the 6th of July 2011. The Victoria Park Plaza hotel played host to this ever-growing event, this time attracting over 400 delegates from organisations across the United Kingdom and Europe.

The themes and key messages delivered at this event were certainly more clear to the attending delegates, with a great focus being placed upon educating organisations on the need to effectively plan and implement controls that enable long term PCI compliance rather than treating this standard as a one-off project that requires little attention after a clean PCI Report On Compliance has been achieved.

Throughout the day delegates were offered with a wide variety of engaging presentations from independent security experts and sponsoring vendors who provided insights into their relative fields of expertise for PCI compliance and the issues commonly faced by QSAs, merchants and service providers alike.

Ground Labs was heavily involved in this event, providing both plenary and educational sessions throughout the day on various aspects of cardholder data discovery and the key role it plays in addressing challenges that many organisations deal with when formulating an effective PCI compliance strategy.

This mid-year event also attracted a dramatic increase in the number of participating vendors including Protegrity, Qualys, Cipher, Blackfoot UK, Safenet, Splunk, Voltage, Barclaycard, Intel, and Dell. In total over 25 vendors supported this event making for a very successful day. It is clear that the PCI London and PCI Europe events have become the leading PCI compliance events for the region, noting that AKJ associates (the organisers of this event) do not charge delegates to attend.

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