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CDT student attends ISO Standardization meetings in Korea and Hong Kong

Posted on 02/04/2014

Thyla Van Der Merwe, first year student at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway, continues her work for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), as South Africa representative on the ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 27 standards committee, which involves the standardization of cryptographic mechanisms and protocols. The committee meets bi-annually to compile, discuss and review its standards, with the most recent SC27 meeting held in South Korea in October 2013. A focus of the meeting was the impact of the revelations made by Edward Snowden. "A long discussion was held concerning the impact of the Snowden leaks on mechanisms included in cryptographic standards and the potential ways forward for standards development so as to try to minimise poor implementation in practice", Thyla reports. The next meeting will take place in early April in Hong Kong, which Thyla will again attend. She expects that the ever-present need for the translation of theory into sound practice will surface again. Thyla plans to remain involved in the ISO Standardization efforts during her studies at Royal Holloway's Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security; CDT students and staff should certainly benefit from her experience in this process of wide practical relevance



   
 
 
 

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