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Alumni Conference 2012

25th - 27th June 2012

Windsor BuildingWe held our third ISG Alumni Conference from the 25th - 27th June 2012. The conference marked a significant event - the 20th anniversary of the MSc in Information Security here at RHUL. We do hope that you were able to join us for what has proved to be a successful, interesting, educating and exciting event.

Ticket price was £75 per person. This included all lectures and presentations, refreshments, dinners and WIFI connectivity. The drinks reception was covered by sponsorship. If you are interested in sponsoring future conferences, please contact 

Emma Mosley.

We welcomed two keynote speakers for the conference, Professor Professor Whitfield Diffie (Information Security VP for ICANN & Visiting Professor to the ISG) and Dr Alastair MacWillson (Global Managing Director at Accenture Technology Consulting and Chair of the ISSP).

Professor Whitfield Diffie began his career in security as the inventor of the concept of public key cryptography, which underlies the security of Internet commerce. He has made fundamental contributions to many aspects of secure communications and was instrumental in the rise of a public cryptographic research community. In the 1990s he turned his attention to public policy and played a key role in opposing government key-escrow proposals and restrictive regulations on the export of products incorporating cryptography. Diffie recently retired from his position as Chief Security Officer at Sun Microsystems and is now studying the impact of web services and grid computing on security and intelligence. Prior to assuming his position at Sun, Diffie was Manager of Secure Systems Research at Northern Telecom throughout the 1980s. Diffie is a fellow of the Marconi Foundation. He is the recipient of the National Computer Systems Security Award given jointly by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency, the Levy Prize of the Franklin institute, and other awards. His work and career are treated at length in the book Crypto by Steven Levy. Professor Diffie's talk will be entitled 'DNSSec and DANE'.

Dr Alistair MacWillson is the Global Managing Partner of Accenture’s Global Security Practice, which comprises of over 1400 security professionals, and works with business and government leaders around the world on critical issues relating to technology strategy and risk, operational performance and management, security and critical infrastructure protection. He also serves on the leadership council of Accenture’s Global Technology Consulting business and is the Chair of the IISP (The Institute of Information Security Professionals). Dr MacWillson's talk will be entitled 'The Future of Security - responding to what is ahead'.

The conference was held between Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th June 2012, with dinners on the Monday and the Tuesday. Details of last year's agenda can be found on the links to the left. As in previous years, the event is spread over two and a half days.

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