Safe business collaboration in a Web 2.0 world

Jericho Forum is launching today a practical blueprint geared to showing organisations how to architect for safe business collaboration. The Collaboration Oriented Architectures framework – being presented today at the Jericho Forum Spring Conference at Infosecurity Europe – lays out a set of design principles allowing businesses to protect themselves against the security challenges posed by increased collaboration and addresses the business potential offered by Web 2.0. It consists of a clear scheme based on real live case studies that allows firms to build for secure transactions in a world where the borders between the organisation and the outside world have crumbled. During a practical masterclass taking place at the conference between 14:00-15:45, a panel of experts including Jericho Forum board members and Chief Information Security Officers from Rolls Royce, ICI, Boeing and Eli Lilly will show exactly how users can architect for secure collaboration, drawing on their real world experiences and from organisations such as BP and KLM. In addition, a special White Paper addressing Collaboration Oriented Architectures is available at the conference and for download.

Collaboration Oriented Architectures (COA) are information architectures that comply with a de-perimeterised framework. They enable enterprises to operate in a secure and reliable manner, in an environment where it is increasingly normal to interact without boundaries, regardless of where the data is being held or the number of parties collaborating. As mergers and acquisitions become rife and the advent of social networking makes security much harder to police, COA become vitally important. “The old risk model simply doesn’t cut it anymore” said Adrian Seccombe, CISO and Senior Enterprise Information Architect at Eli Lilly and Jericho Forum board member, “Unless organisations transform the way they perceive, execute and manage risk and architect for change, they will not only leave themselves exposed to growing security threats, they will also be left standing in competitive business stakes. We need to move away from an economic model based on the stand-alone enterprise to a collaborative model based on guilds where competence is the driving force”.

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