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ISG Speakers in Demand

Posted on 09/03/2008
As world leaders in the theory and application of information security, members of the Information Security Group are always in demand to give talks and lectures in different venues around the world. It is rare that a month passes without one of the group being invited to speak to an industry convention, to a group of information security specialists, or to a conference of researchers. However, even with our usual hectic schedule, this Spring and Summer seem particularly busy.

The ISG is sending two speakers to the upcoming Infosecurity 2008 conference (Infosec). Dr. Geraint Price will give a talk about the reality of achieving secure systems without strong perimeter defences in a talk entitled De-perimiterisation: Fact or Fiction This talk will be given as part of the technical stream of the educational seminar programme. Prof. Fred Piper will be giving the keynote speech as part of the Infosecurity Hall of Fame series. Speakers for this track have been chosen owing to their international reputation, long-term contribution, and revolutionary ideas. Prof. Piper will present a talk entitled Let’s Look Back.

Prof. Fred Piper has also been invited to give a keynote speech at the 5th Annual CISO Executive Summit conference in Budapest, Republic of Hungary, on the subject of Authentication.

The ISG’s cyber-crime expert Mr. John Austen is also in great demand as a speaker. In April, Mr. Austen will be giving the keynote speech at the International Networks and Information Security Conference in Helsinki, in which he will give his insights into Computer Crime and its Development from 1976 to 2008.

Dr. Geraint Price has just come back from addressing the annual conference of the U.K.’s Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association. Dr. Price gave a warmly received talk on the subject of identity management entitled Identity: The Final Frontier.

The expertise of the ISG’s Smart Card Centre is much coveted for its insight into hardware security and the director of the Smart Card Centre, Dr. Keith Mayes, will be speaking on some of the challenges associated with using smart cards to prove identity. His seminar, entitled Personal identity authentication: biometrics and specialist smart cards, will be given as part of the London Technology Network’s Exploring Breakthrough Security Technologies event.

Lastly, the group is also giving a number of more theoretical international research seminars: Prof. Steven Galbraith will be talking on his research speciality, Elliptic curves, pairings and public key cryptography, at the European Congress of Mathematics; Prof. Kenny Paterson will be giving a course of lectures at The Fields Institute in Ottawa; Prof. Keith Martin has been invited to talk at the International Cryptology Workshop in Malaysia; and Dr. Alex Dent has been invited to talk at the inaugural Africacrypt 2008 conference in Morocco.


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