Posted on 03/01/2014
The ISG was delighted to host the 24th HP Colloquium on Information Security on the 18th December 2013. About 120 attendees from industry, government and academia enjoyed three excellent invited talks, around 25 research posters and the opportunity to network with friends old and new.
The day kicked off in dynamic style by Stephen Bonner from KPMG. His talk was (loosely) based on Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" and featured cybersecurity highlights from past, present and future. Remarkably, Stephen had the whole audience on their feet singing a cyber-version of "Hark the Herald Angel Sing" by the end of his talk.
After a buffet lunch, Professor Phil Rogaway (UC Davis) gave a fascinating insight into the cultural aspects of cryptography research, sharing wih us his views on how and why academic cryptography research has developed in the way that it has, and reflecting on why the academic community's reaction to the Snowden revelations has been so muted. Our third speaker was Chris Gavin, Vice President for Information Security at Oracle. He gave an account of Oracle's approach to information security, emphasising the need for appropriate positioning with the organisation and the way in which policy, rather than technology, dictates how security is handled within Oracle.
We are, as always, very grateful to HP for sponsoring this extremely successful event. We are looking forward to holding our silver anniversary colloquium in December 2014.