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Information Assurance for SMEs - FREE Conference at University of Worcester

University of Worcester IASME Consortium The National Computing Centre

Monday 11th April 2011

Dear Colleague

I am writing to you as Director of Business Development in the Business School at the University of Worcester to make you aware of an exciting new development which could give your business a considerable advantage. It offers recognition for your achievements in information assurance that will bring confidence to partners and customers, and evidence of compliance for regulators. It right-sizes information security to match the individual business’ information risk profile.

Over the last 15 months, a group funded by the Technology Strategy Board, comprising the University, the National Computing Centre, independent consultants and small businesses have been developing a way to provide affordable and verifiable information security and assurance that has not previously been available to SME’s. Information Assurance for SMEs (IASME) is a pragmatic new standard, tailored to the needs of smaller businesses and organisations. It is firmly grounded in the internationally recognised information security management standard and provides tailored security measures which every business can and should deploy.

Businesses that have already engaged with IASME process now find themselves in the enviable position of having audited, secure, and externally recognised information assurance processes in place that were previously only possible for larger, well-resourced companies. IASME:

  • Provides a competitive advantage over rivals who do not possess the same degree of compliance.
  • Gives your customers and clients confidence for the security of their personal and corporate data that they provide to you.
  • Provides a level of assurance for partners in the supply chain.
  • Creates a structured set of evidence for auditors and regulators.

We are delighted to invite you to the official launch of IASME on Monday 11th April 2011, at the new University of Worcester City Campus. The morning will comprise a breakfast briefing followed by the launch conference where you can expect to hear from the Office of the Information Commissioner, ICT West Midlands, and the Technology Strategy Board funding body. You will find out more about the IASME approach and network with experts in information security and other businesses. Delegates attending at this FREE event will receive a waiver of the £50 registration fee required to start the IASME process for your organisation. The event will conclude with a buffet lunch. We look forward to seeing you there.


Best wishes
Tim Maxfield
Director of Business Development
Worcester Business School
University of Worcester



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