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Alumni Conference 2008

21st-23rd July 2008

ISGAlumniReunionThe Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London held their first ever Alumni Reunion Conference on 21 – 23 July 2008. The conference attracted over 160 Information Security graduates – all of whom are practising professionals – who travelled from all over the world to attend the event in Royal Holloway’s award-winning Windsor Building.

Our MSc in Information Security has been running for 16 years and has produced more than 1,400 graduates. As a result we decided to organise a conference to celebrate its success and provide a reunion for the students’, explains Dr Chez Ciechanowicz from the Information Security Group. The conference aimed to showcase ISG’s contribution to the Information Security profession and, adds Dr Ciechanowicz, ‘to rekindle fond memories’.

The event was sponsored by BT, HBOS, HP Labs, KPMG, PGP, Thales, VISA, Vodafone and Royal Holloway Enterprise Ltd. Keynote addresses were made by Whitfield Diffie, who is a Visiting Professor at Royal Holloway and has been Chief Security Officer of Sun Microsystems since 1991, and Robert Carolina, who is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the College and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales.

The entire conference programme was delivered by alumni who discussed a range of topics including, ‘How Royal Holloway Saved my Life’, by Mark Curphey from Microsoft, ‘Non-signature Based Malware and Intrusion Prevention’ by William Rothwell from Abatis (UK) Limited, and ‘Managing Risk’, by Martin Virgo from the Metropolitan Police. During the conference Whitfield Diffie presented a signed copy of his book, ‘Privacy on the Line’, to the one thousandth alumnus, Bhavin Desai, who was ‘absolutely delighted’ to receive the award. 

The full conference programme can be downloaded from here.

The electronic handling of information is one of the defining technologies of our age. Enormous volumes of information are routinely stored and transmitted worldwide, but with the benefits deriving from the ability to automatically manage so much information come major threats to businesses, governments and individuals, which include possible fraud through manipulation or deliberate damage to information.The field of Information Security has grown very rapidly in recent years. The MSc Information Security course taught by the ISG at Royal Holloway embraces a range of technologies such as cryptography, computer security, and fraud detection, and also includes the study of how security can best be managed.

‘Our graduates can be found in a number of organisations working as security professionals, many of whom are in very senior positions’, says Dr Ciechanowicz. ‘This conference proved to be a great event, both from a professional and a social perspective – fond memories were indeed rekindled!’



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