2016 ISPA Conference: Last chance for early bird tickets

The 2016 ISPA Conference is happening on the 24th November and early bird tickets are running out, so book now to avoid disappointment. The conference at K&L Gates in London is a chance to learn about the major issues impacting on the sector, network with industry colleagues and discuss the future of the industry. The agenda can be found here and there are discussions on:

  • What do ISPs want to see from Brexit?
  • How will business use the Internet?
  • Latest legal issues
  • Future of the broadband market
  • The cyber security strategy
  • Forum with Openreach CEO Clive Selley

The conference includes lunch and networking drinks. Early bird Tickets can be booked here.


ISPA Member Cyber Security survey: Law enforcement needs to do more to tackle offenders

ISPA surveyed members on their approach to cyber security and we published a report on the findings. There was a strong feeling from members on the need for better law enforcement training and sharing of threat information. Concluding the report, we made 5 recommendations:

  • Government should focus on education and awareness and work collaboratively with industry rather than resorting to legislation
  • Government must be mindful of the damage surveillance legislation can have on network security, such as the intrusive hacking powers within the Investigatory Powers Bill
  • Law enforcement should prioritise better training of officers and coordination of cyber security
  • There needs to be more consistency when an ISP reports a case to law enforcement so that where practicable all reports are followed up and investigated so that criminals can be brought to justice
  • Authorities must do more to reach out to the full breadth of the ISP industry, engaging them information sharing work and consultation

A press release is here (which featured in Information Security, Ars Technica, Vice and elsewhere) and we will be discussing ISP Cyber security at the ISPA Conference and the Parliament and Internet Conference.


Digital Economy Bill enters Committee Stage

The Digital Economy Bill, add a line as to what the DE Bill includes, continues its progress through Parliament as it enters detailed scrutiny.   The Bill has a number of important ramifications for ISPs, including the introduction of the USO, introducing automatic compensation for broadband outages, new powers for Ofcom and age verification for sites offering adult content. ISPA has been meeting with a range of MPs on this and we look forward to working with members and representing them.


Broadband criticised at the Labour Party Conference

With the political parties holding their party conferences, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP used his leader speech to call for more investment in broadband, saying there was a need to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure. ISPA believes that private sector led investment has delivered superfast broadband to almost 95% of the country using a range of technologies and we look forward to making these views known to the Labour leader. ISPA is attending the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences and will be sending summaries of key events to members.


ISPA in the news

Our cyber security report and response to Jeremy Corbyn led ISPA’s media appearances this month, featuring in the Daily Telegraph, VICE, Ars Technica, ITProPortal, SC Magazine and many more.

To see full ISPA coverage please click here.


Deals for members

ISPA has secured a number of deals for ISPA members and upcoming ones are:

ISPA is also a  media partner at IP EXPO on 5-6 October and please email Admin@ISPA.org.uk if you would like to arrange a meeting at the event.