It's not often I look forward to a conference, but for once I'm looking forward to this one. Fair disclosure: this is a conference being run in conjunction with Techworld, among others. This blog has now entered the realm of advertising, I know, but there is method in the siren call.

What has me intrigued? Techworld ran a small event on Endpoint security in February, and the new event, EndPoint Security 2006, was inspired by some of the questions we didn't get around to answering at that event. The scope and breadth of the new event will be much, much larger and will feature a wide range of speakers from every corner of the industry.

If you don't believe me – why should you? - check out the event website. Interested in joining us on a June day to discuss one of the most important topics of the day in some detail, then read on. This will be the endpoint event of the year, we can promise that.

The endpoint debate is a nice piece of jargon to some, but I'd argue it matters a lot more than that. You can invest in any number of fancy security systems to protect wherever you happen to believe the network edge to be, but it is the endpoint clients that both require the protection, and which present the greatest risk.

They used to be thought of as passive nodes, when in fact they are the most active bits on any LAN. How do you protect them? How do you protect them when they're mobile? Indeed, if an endpoint now includes devices that aren't normally thought of as computers (the USB drive controversy), what is an endpoint?