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Prof Keith Mayes joins expert panel on National Security

Posted on 05/04/2017
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Professor Keith Mayes, Head of the School of Mathematics and Information Security and Director of the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, was a guest speaker at an International Parliamentary Conference on National Security in London  (27 - 31 March), hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

This important international event hosted around 85 delegates from more than 35 legislatures, brought together to understand a wide range of security threats and how they could collaborate internationally to address them.

The first four days covered general national security issues and an official reception was held in the Guildhall on 30th March to close the first part of the conference and open the fifth day devoted entirely to Cyber Security Day.  

Professor Mayes was a member of an expert panel chaired by the Hon Charles Peter Mok JP, alongside Rik Ferguson, Vice-President, Security Research Trend Micro, and Ken Munro, PenTest Partners.

Professor Keith Mayes commented,

“It was a privilege to attend the opening ceremony and take part in the Cyber Security Day. We participated in a lively debate on the future of cybercrime and particularly the threats from the Internet of Things. I personally found it very encouraging, to see government representatives coming together to address security issues, as was evident from the launch of the International Parliamentarians E-Handbook on Cybersecurity & Cybercrime.”

“The ISG is a world leading centre of expertise in cyber security, and it’s important to help facilitate international and informed debate to understand and identify the most serious matters that must be addressed for the protection of industry and society at large.”

Last Autumn Royal Holloway’s ISG helped to establish an All Party Parliamentary Group on Cyber Security for which it acts as Secretariat.

On 5 June 2017 the ISG is organising the first London Crypto Day, a day of cryptography talks aimed at bringing together the many talented researchers in cryptography in the London area, to help create fruitful collaborations, similar to conventions that take place in Paris and New York.

Royal Holloway is an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security and is recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) by the National Cyber Security Centre, part of UK intelligence agency GCHQ and EPSRC, acknowledging the university’s world class research in the area of information and cyber security.

Find out more about research opportunities and studying for a Masters in Information Security with the ISG here


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